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Debate squad ranks fifth in nation; coach receives award

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KU debate team makes Final Four in national tournament

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Debate team competes at national level

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Debate team competes for sixth national championship.

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A family of debaters

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Debate featured on the new exit sign on the Kansas Turnpike.
Debate featured on the new exit sign on the Kansas Turnpike.
KKU debaters keep high national ranking

University of Kansas debate team continues to perform well in the 2009-10 season, even after the graduation of national champion debaters Brett Bricker and Nate Johnson. Read More...

KU Debate Team Champions Honored During Game at Halftime
KU Wins National Championship

Read the article from The Lawrence Journal World here. University of Kansas debaters Brett Bricker and Nate Johnson defeated defending national champion Wake Forest to win KU's first National Debate Tournament championship in 26 years. Read More...

KU debate team ends January as nation's top-ranked varsity squad

The University of Kansas debate team has kicked off the 2008 spring semester with a No. 1 overall ranking in the National Debate Tournament varsity debate after strong showings at several tournaments. Read More...

KU debate coach Scott Harris named national Coach of the Year

Scott Harris, now in his 16th year as debate coach at the University of Kansas, was named national Coach of the Year during the Franklin R. Shirley Classic Debate Tournament, held Nov. 11-13 at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. Read More...

KU Debate to Hold Third Reunion

KU debate alumni will gather for a third debate reunion October 19-21, 2007. Various events, including an opening dinner honoring the current debate squad and two-time national coach of the year Scott Harris, a roast of long-time Director of Forensics, Donn Parson, and an audience debate involving current squad members, are planned. There will be plenty of opportunities for socializing and meeting current debaters and coaches as well. For additional information and an invitation to the reunion please check the attached document.

KU team advances to Elite Eight in National Debate Tournament finals

KU was the only school to have two teams advance to the Sweet 16 level at the tournament. HOMETOWNS: Manhattan, Overland Park, Silver Lake and Wichita. Read More...

KU debate duo places third out of 175 teams in national tournament

Brett Bricker, Wichita junior, and Andrew Jennings, Silver Lake junior, are the first KU debate team since 1999 to get to the Final Four in Cross Examination Debate Association national competition. HOMETOWNS: Manhattan, Overland Park, Silver Lake, Stilwell and Wichita. Read More...

KU debate team takes second, third at season opener Sept. 16-18 in Iowa

In the Ulrich Tournament at the University of Northern Iowa, KU debaters, all of them Kansans, competed with 43 teams from around the country in varsity and junior varsity matches. HOMETOWNS: Manhattan, McPherson, Olathe, Overland Park, Topeka and Wichita. Read more...

KU debaters end season No. 1 in nation for total points in varsity competitions

Based on total points accumulated in varsity debate competitions, KU debaters led by Coach Scott Harris, ended the season with 505 points and, for the first time ever, the top-ranked spot, ahead of Dartmouth and Harvard. HOMETOWNS: Manhattan, Overland Park, Silver Lake, Topeka and Wichita in Kansas; and Lincoln, Neb. Read more...

KU debaters finish 2nd in national CEDA rankings, reach Sweet 16 at tournament

Based on 2005-06 season wins, KU's debate team finished second in the national Cross Examination Debate Association rankings. In the CEDA tournament March 31-April 5, two KU teams reached the Sweet 16 in Dallas. HOMETOWNS: Manhattan, Overland Park, Silver Lake, Topeka and Wichita in Kansas; Lincoln, Neb. Read more...

KU debate team reaches Sweet 16 at tournament; coach earns national award

Two KU teams competed at National Debate Tournament matches March 24-27 at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., where coach Scott Harris won an award for excellence in coaching and teaching debate. HOMETOWNS: Manhattan, Overland Park, Silver Lake and Wichita in Kansas; and Lincoln, Neb. Read more...

KU's winning debaters qualify 39th straight year for National Debate Tournament

Two teams of KU debaters will compete at National Debate Tournament matches March 24-27 in Evanston, Ill. KU has sent more teams to the National Debate Tournament than any other college or university. HOMETOWNS: Hutchinson, Manhattan, Overland Park, Silver Lake and Wichita in Kansas; and Lincoln, Neb. Read more...

KU debate team to compete Jan. 21-22 in prestigous Dartmouth tournament

Limited to the top seven teams in the country, the Herbert L. James Debates, now in its 50th year, also has invited teams from Dartmouth, Emory, Harvard, Michigan State, Northwestern and the University of California-Berkeley. Hometowns: Silver Lake and Wichita, Kan., and Lincoln, Neb. Read more...

KU debate team advances to Sweet 16 at the National Debate Tournament

LAWRENCE -- A University of Kansas debate team concluded its successful 2004-2005 season by advancing to the Sweet 16 at the National Debate Tournament (NDT) held March 24-28 at Gonzaga University, Spokane, Wash., where the top 78 intercollegiate teams competed for the national championship. Read more...

KU debate teams to compete in national tournament March 24-28

LAWRENCE -- Two University of Kansas debate teams have qualified to compete in the National Debate Tournament March 24 through 28 at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash. This marks the 38th consecutive year KU teams have qualified for the national tournament. Read more...

KU first-year debate team wins National Novice Championship Tournament

LAWRENCE -- For the first time in KU debate history, a two-person team in its first year of competition won the National Novice Championship Tournament, held March 5 through 7 at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. Thirteen teams participated. Read more...

Two KU debaters qualify early for National Debate Tournament competition

February 23, 2005 - LAWRENCE -- With significant wins at debate tournaments during the 2004-05 academic year, a team of University of Kansas debaters has received an at-large invitation to attend the National Debate Tournament as one of the top 16 debate teams in the United States. The tournament will be March 25 through 27 at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash. Read more...

California couple with Lawrence connections pledge $100K for KU

January 13, 2005 - LAWRENCE -- A former television executive and a counseling psychologist who both have strong ties to Kansas have pledged $100,000 for the education, debate and film programs of the University of Kansas. Read more...

See photos from the Chancellor's Debate Forum at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics
Chancellor honors 1954 national debate champions at KU forum May 14

May 13, 2004. LAWRENCE -- Fifty years after winning the national debate championship, University of Kansas alumni Hubert Bell and Bill Arnold will be honored at 7 p.m. Friday, May 14, at the Chancellor's Debate Forum at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at KU.

The first Chancellor's Debate Forum, which is co-sponsored by KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway and the KU Debate Program, will include a public forum on the topic "Public Talk about Issues: Can Debate about Policy Be Both Sensible and Civil?" Read more...

KU debaters get to Sweet 16 in national CEDA contest, finish 6th overall

March 26, 2004. LAWRENCE -- When the University of Kansas men's basketball team was defeating the University of the Pacific in NCAA tournament on March 21 in Kansas City, Mo., to advance to the Sweet 16, the KU debate team at the same time also was advancing to the Sweet 16 at the Cross Examination Debate Association national championship tournament at the University of Kentucky at Louisville. Read more...

KU debate team ranks 5th in the nation

February 27, 2004. LAWRENCE ­ The latest National Debate Tournament Varsity rankings place the University of Kansas team at fifth in the nation.

"KU's move up the national rankings has been a result of excellent performance at a number of tournaments throughout the season," KU Debate Coach Scott Harris says. Read more...

Parson Wins Ziegelmueller Lifetime Coaching Award !

Donn W. Parson, Professor of Communication Studies, has received the George Ziegelmueller award in recognition of his influence as a coach and teacher of debate. The award is presented by the organizing body of the National Debate Tournament, which conducts the national championship for intercollegiate debate. The description on the award states that it "is presented to a faculty member who has distinguished himself or herself in the communication process while coaching teams to competitive success at the NDT." According to Communication Studies Chair, Robert Rowland, "there is no one in the history of the activity who better fits that description than Donn." Read more...

Season Highlights 2002-2003

This past season was a productive one for a very young Kansas debate team. Twenty-one different debaters traveled to nineteen tournaments around the country. While the core of the team was composed of first year college debaters the squad won twenty-two team and individual trophies at those tournaments. Eighteen of the debaters were first year college debaters. Read more...

Season Highlights 2001-2002

The KU debate squad enjoyed a very successful first semester in the 2001-2 season winning 3 tournaments and reaching the elimination rounds of every tournament attended. The success is very significant given that the entire squad is composed of first and second year debaters. Read more...


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