The University of Iowa

A. Craig Baird Debate Forum

A. Craig Baird Debate Forum
The A. Craig Baird Debate Forum comprises a number of different programs fulfilling the core mission of the university. It houses the intercollegiate debate program, which has won four national titles since 2001 and completed the 2017 season ranked 17th in the nation. The intercollegiate debate program is the top ranked program in the state, winning the state-wide competition every year since the tournament’s inception. In addition, public debate outreach occurs through the ACBDF, including on-campus debate series complementing the curriculum in a number of courses across colleges. The public debate series, also, conducts debates for educational conferences, the Governor’s office, the city council, and hosts/moderates debates for nonprofit and environmental organizations within the state. Furthermore, the program has an extensive high school outreach component.

As the center for Iowa High School Forensic League, the ACBDF administers the All Iowa Finals, a state speech and debate tournament. Iowa debate is involved in urban debate leagues across the nation and works in cooperation with the National Speech and Debate Association, the national organization for high school forensics located in Des Moines, IA. Students in the program find a number of different ways to participate in intercollegiate debate while attending the University of Iowa.

Iowa Debate provides an outstanding training program for students to achieve post-graduate success. Student success includes Rhodes Scholarship, Truman Fellowship, Udall Scholarship, commencement speakers, scholarships to law school, including Harvard, UVA, NYU, Columbia, Vanderbilt, Boston University, Michigan, Iowa and others, and post-graduate work in numerous Ph.D. programs across the U.S.

For more information, visit the UI Alumni Group website.