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Debate Team

About Erskine College Debate

The Erskine College Debate Team was formed in August 2022. Students on the debate team learn to develop skills in clear communication, team building, creative thinking, logic, ethics, research, and community. Team members seek to glorify God through their interactions, during competition and at all other times, by setting examples of character and integrity on and off campus.The team plans to compete in debate tournaments across the United States, providing participants with opportunities to network with future leaders across America. Members of the debate team may receive academic scholarships to attend Erskine College. 

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What form of debate does Erskine compete in?

Erskine College participates in Individual and Team IPDA debate. The International Public Debate Association, or IPDA, was founded in 1997 as a “real world” form of rhetorical Battle between two or four debaters. Many other styles have competition books with strict obedience to the hundreds of ules. However, IPDA moves away from this precedent, with the emphasis being on actual debating with only a limited set of rules. Students are given a topic with 30minutes to prepare their position before they debate. The goal of IPDA debate is to have logical, evidence centered debates on current event topics in a manner in which lay judges can understand.

2023-24 Tournament Schedule

DateUniversity HostingLocationCompetition Name
Oct 20-21, 2023Cleveland State Community CollegeCleveland, TNCougar Classic
Oct 27-29, 2023Middle Tennessee State UniversityMurfreesboro, TNPejaver Debates
Nov 9 (7 p.m.)Erskine CollegeMemorial AuditoriumPresident's Cup
Feb 9-10Pellissippi State Community CollegeKnoxville, TN
March 7-9Belmont UniversityNashville, TNNCCCI National Championship Tournament
April 12-15Mississippi State UniversityStarkville, MSIPDA National Championship Tournament & Convention

2023-24 Debate Roster

Debate Coach

About Coach Roberts

Morgan Roberts is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and a current student at Erskine Theological Seminary. She has a heart for helping students to grow and develop by teaching them the skills they need to succeed and identifying ways in which students can put those skills into action.

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