OGDEN, Utah – In 1988 Weber State University held the 42nd Annual National Debate Tournament; 25 years later, WSU will host the 67th National Debate Tournament March 28-April 1.
The tournament is the championship for collegiate policy debate. More than 500 students will come to Ogden to compete from universities including Dartmouth, Harvard and Northwestern.
“Debate develops students intellectually,” said Omar Guevara, WSU forensics director. “Debate fosters critical thinking, critical literacy and public speaking. It keeps students engaged in the formal learning process, accelerating the rate of graduation.”
To qualify, teams must be ranked as one of the top 16 in the United States. They can qualify from one of eight regional conferences, or they can earn one of 16 open-field bids.
“Striving to reach the elite level of national competition drives our debaters and motivates our team, as it does for schools around the country,” Guevara said. “Students need to round out their competitive skill set in order to succeed in the marketplace. The talents acquired through the exposure to this type of debate will benefit students for a lifetime and long after they leave Weber State.”
Registration for the tournament, team photos and a welcome reception will take place March 28 at the Ogden Marriott hotel.The reception begins at 6 p.m. and will include dignitaries from the university and community.
Competition continues March 29-April 1. Preliminary rounds will be held in WSU’s Elizabeth Hall and Shepherd Union with elimination rounds at the Ogden Marriott. The events are free and open to the public. Semiformal dress is encouraged.
The American Forensics Association and the Ford Motor Company Fund sponsor the National Debate Tournament.