Communication and Theatre

Speech and Debate

T.O.H. Karl Forensics Forum

debate practice

The Speech and Debate team has a long history of intercollegiate forensics competition. Regionally, nationally and internationally active, students participate in parliamentary debate. On average, the program attends 10 tournaments per year and hosts three events on PLU's campus, including the T.O.H. Karl High School Invitational, The Forensics Scholar Lecture, and the Ruth Anderson Public Debate Series.

Founded in 1947, PLU’s debate team is one of the oldest and most decorated forensics programs in the country. In the 2013-14 season, the PLU speech and debate team made it to eliminations at every single tournament they attended.

The Forum's mission is to provide undergraduate students a democratic laboratory to craft and test arguments, explore new literature, hone critical reasoning, practice public speaking, and develop leadership skills. We balances competition with service to the local community by featuring a forensics mentoring programs and hosting public debates on matters of concern.

The co-curricular and regionally competitive forensics program provides travel opportunities for all skill levels. Balancing competition with service to the local community, the program features forensics mentoring programs and hosts public debates on matters of concern.

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For more information on Speech & Debate, contact: Dr. Justin Eckstein
, Director of Forensics
 at 253-535-8175 or justin.eckstein@plu.edu

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Pacific Lutheran University's T.O.H. Karl Forensics Forum presents its informational guide to British Parliamentary Debate.

Photos: 2013-14 debate team hard at work!