The Lafayette Debate

news_debatesroomDetails: Sponsored by the French Embassy, the Lafayette Debate is the final for the Hart House Invitational Debate Tournament, the largest national debate tournament.


The Lafayette Debates are an academic series organized by the French Embassy in Canada, in partnership with the French Embassy based in Washington, DC. This year the championship round of the Hart House Invitational Debate will serve as the opening round of the 2016-17 Lafayette Debates and the championship team will win a spot on the Lafayette Debates study tour to Paris.

Representatives from the French Embassy will be present at both the reception and the final round.

When: Sun., Oct. 16, 2016, 2:15–3:30 pm
Where: Great Hall, Hart House
Cost: Free


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Adjudication Core

Veenu Goswami

Over the past year, Veenu has CA’d the Hart House Invitational, CUSID/APDA Northams and the Hobart William and Smith Round Robin. He is also a member of the adjudication core for WUDC 2017 in the Netherlands. Veenu is a Worlds Grand Finalist, a two-time Oxford IV winner and a HWS Round Robin Champion.

Taylor Blackburn

Taylor Blackburn is the 2013 Yale IV Champion and 2014 USUDC National Champion. She was also a finalist and top ten speaker at the Hart House IV and NAUDC, and cleared twice at WUDC. Last year, Taylor was Chief Adjudicator for the Yale IV, and DCA for NAUDC and USUDC. Most recently she judged the Grand Final of EUDC in Warsaw.

Sam Ward-Packard

Sam got three more votes than the Canadians in WUDC Semis at Chennai, and also won Hart House 2012 and a few other tournaments. His judging resume is impressive but not, like, Taylor Blackburn impressive. This will be his last tournament ever.

Aislin Flynn

Aislin Flynn is the 2015 Yale IV Champion and Top Speaker, a Cambridge IV finalist, WUDC Open Quarterfinalist, and HWS Round Robin finalist. Aislin has been on the adj teams for the HHIV, North American Women’s, NorthAms, among others. She has also judged WUDC Open Quarterfinals as well as EUDC ESL Semis.

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