Please see this Event Guide for more information on all events.

There are three main forms of debate in which our team competes: Congress, Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum. Visit the links for each type to see more detailed descriptions and video examples.

Congressional Debate

Congressional Debate Captains: Hannah Hirsch, Anusha Kejriwal, and Sanah Singh.

Also known as Student Congress. Students, emulating real-life Congress, debate several bills/resolutions. Unlike other debate events, students can directly influence the topic of discussion at tournaments by submitting legislation. Competitors compete in rounds of 15-30 people called "Chambers" by debating the legislation, through speeches and questioning. View sample legislation.

Lincoln-Douglas Debate

Lincoln Douglas Captains: Amanda Huang, Arnold Jia, and Arthur Wayne.

Lincoln-Douglas debate places a heavy emphasis on logic, ethical values, and philosophy. Competitors debate one-on-one. Topics are decided by the NSDA and change every 2 months.

Example topic:

Resolved: In the United States criminal justice system, jury nullification ought to be used in the face of perceived injustice.

Public Forum Debate

Public Forum Captains: Somil Agarwal, Vikram Mahendru, Armaan Singh, and Emily Wolf.

Originating as the "layman's debate event", competitors debate an issue of national/contemporary importance, ideally to appeal to the common person. Unlike other debate events, competitors compete in pairs, with one partner responsible for delivering a pre-written constructive speech and the other for giving a rebuttal. Topics are decided by the NSDA and change every month.

Millburn is currently oversaturated with Public Forum teams, so we encourage students to participate in Lincoln Douglas or Congressional Debate, or speech events that utilize similar skills (Extemporanous Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, Original Oratory, Informative Speaking, etc.) in order to maximize their participation. 

Example topic:

Resolved: In response to the current crisis, a government should prioritize the humanitarian needs of refugees over its national interests.