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Forensics - Clemson Debate Society

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The Clemson Debate Society offers students the ability to learn about some of the most pressing issues facing the world today. We travel across the United States and the world competing in the British Parliamentary Style of debate. We also have public debates throughout each academic year to help bring important topics for our fellow Clemson students to think about and be exposed to.

Our meeting room is located in 306 Daniel Hall. This is where we have our meetings, practice, and hang out between classes. We have an open door policy and anyone who wants to work hard and meet a lot of cool people is welcome to join our team!

If you are worried about not having enough experience or never having competed in debate (or maybe you never even heard of it until looking us up!) please have no fear! Almost all of our students who join the team come from little or no debate background. We will teach you everything you need to know! Our coach works extremely hard to make sure you will have everything you need to feel confident and ready before your first tournament.

Clemson Debate SocietyWe have meetings on the following days:
Monday 6:00-7:00 PM
Tuesday 5:00-6:00 PM
Wednesday 5:00-6:00 PM
Sunday from 12:00-2:00 PM

Our Monday night meeting is a general what’s happening this upcoming week and provides information about logistics for tournaments and the basics of debate.
Tuesday and Wednesday are when we run drills and practice making better arguments. You only have to come to one or the other, NOT both.
Finally, Sunday night meets are for full debate practices.

Please contact our coach, Lindsey Dixon at lcdixon24@gmail.com for more information!


Frequently Asked Questions

The Clemson Debate Society competes in national and international debate competitions. We compete in British Parliamentary style of debate.

Our travel season starts in late August and goes until mid-April. We have three different types of travel opportunities: 1. Driving: We travel all up and down the East Coast and anyone willing to get in a van for 12 hours is able to attend. 2. Domestic flights: We fly all across the country and these trips are for our more competitive teams along with teams who demonstrate hard work and real promise in practice. 3. International Tournaments: This is saved for our most competitive teams to go out and represent Clemson University on a global scale.

The Clemson Debate Society pays for students’ transportation to and from tournaments, hotels, and the tournament registration fees. Some tournaments provide food with our registration fees but others do not, so students sometimes just have to cover food cost.

To be on the Clemson Debate Society you must be a Clemson University student with at least a 2.5 GPA.

Commitment levels vary depending on the student. We have one hour meetings on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights as well as a full practice debate every Sunday.

For regular season tournaments, students might have to occasionally miss class depending on the tournaments they attend. All absences that occur as a result of traveling to a Debate Tournament are excused university absences.

Being a member of the Clemson University Forensics Team has many benefits. Building your critical thinking skills, gaining a lot more knowledge about the world around you, and learning the power of your own voice. Additionally, this activity gives students opportunities to travel, create friends on the team and friends from other schools, and it is a great resume booster. Students can also receive course-credit for being on the team.

Yes, we have scholarship money (called grant-in-aid money) for dedicated members of the team to cover all international travel trips. The scholarship money, we feel, is best used to help students compete at some of the most important international debate tournaments around the world.

Interesting in finding out more about our program? Want to join the team? Want to donate and help support our students? Please contact our Coach Lindsey Dixon at lcdixon24@gmail.com