PLU’s Debate team has a long history of intercollegiate forensics competition. More recently, the Debate team under professor Marnie Ritchie has focused on public policy.

For several years, PLU hosted the Ruth Anderson Public Debate. A student was paired with a local politician or subject matter expert and debated current hot topics. Those issues included rent control, minimum wage, and bipartisanship. Recordings of the debates are available to watch on YouTube.

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