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All Emory students, regardless of prior experience, are welcome to join the competitive debate team at Emory University. Traveling and representing Emory University in intercollegiate competition is a unique opportunity to learn the fundamental skills of academic debate: argumentation, research, organization, and public presentation.

To be an active member of intercollegiate debate you must be an enrolled undergraduate in good standing, be willing to commit to service projects such as community debate programs in Atlanta, and assist with hosting the annual Barkley Forum for High Schools.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a part of academic debate at Emory University, please complete the form below or contact Bill Newnam, Associate Director of Forensics at

Click this link for the Barkley Forum Center for Debate Education Interest Sign-Up Form.