Amos J. Peaslee Debate Society
If you go to the third floor of Clothier, behind Tarble, you'll find the offices of the Amos J. Peaslee Debate Society, one of the most active student groups on campus. The Debate Club partakes in championships organized by the American Parliamentary Debate Association (APDA); these take place in member colleges and universities every weekend.
The club also participates in the annual World Debate Championship organized by APDA.
"Going to tournaments with the Debate Club is a really good way to improve your speaking skills and your ability to analyze and rebut arguments while, above all, taking part in a great social atmosphere."
Henrietta Hakes '13
Recently, the team held a debate against President Rebecca Chopp and Dean of Students Elizabeth Braun. Chopp and Braun argued for long-distance relationships (LDR). They used their past experiences with LDR to argue their point to the audience which consisted mainly of Swarthmore students. "The fact that they were willing to come up here [and] put themselves out there is something we really appreciate," says Lucas Janes '11 from Ambler, PA.
Members of the Debate Club meet twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays, to share anecdotes from the past week's tournament and prepare for the upcoming one. Everyone with an interest in debate is welcome, and no experience or immunity from stage fright is necessary. more