The Season's Over!
The academic year is winding down, and the Harvard Speech & Parliamentary Debate Society has completed another successful season of debate! During the 2007-2008 season, Harvard saw more of its debaters win top speaker awards at tournaments than did any other school; congratulations to Lewis Bollard '09 (top speaker at Brown), Andrew Laing '08 (Tufts), Mark Samburg HLS '10 (MIT), Ben Belser '09 (Brandeis), and Matt Rubenstein '10 (Skidmore)! Additionally, Triangulars, a 100-plus-year-old tradition that pits debaters from Harvard, Yale, and Princeton against each other, recently occurred, and Harvard debaters defeated their opponents from both Yale and Princeton.
Just as importantly, members of the class of '12 have been admitted, and now is the perfect time to learn more about HSPDS and think about joining our ranks in the fall. If you are a prospective member of the team and you'd like to ask a question about joining HSPDS, please contact our Comp Director, Matt Rubenstein '10, at comp (at) hspds.org. We are always excited to welcome new members, whether they'd like to join us to compete in tournaments across the country, help us plan high-profile campus events, or simply attend our workshops and practice rounds.
Time: 7:00 - 8:00 PM, every Monday, followed by practice rounds
Check out our 2006 newsletter to find out more about last year's successes, both at home and abroad. The newsletter also contains updated information about our alumni outreach efforts and continuing fundraising drive.
The HSPDS Mission
The Harvard Speech and Parliamentary Debate Society is Harvard University's premier competitive debating organization, bringing students to American Parliamentary, British Parliamentary, and other tournaments across the US and the world. We have won more APDA National Championships than any other university and we consistently field one of the strongest and deepest teams year after year. In addition, we bring public debate and discourse to the Harvard student community, including last fall's wildly successful debate between Professors Noam Chomsky and Alan Dershowitz.
We are proud of our constitution's purpose statement: "The intent and purpose of the Harvard Speech and Parliamentary Debate Society (HSPDS) is to develop and pursue excellence in public speaking and oration in the Harvard community, and to represent Harvard University in intercollegiate speech and parliamentary debate competitions. In addition, HSPDS will seek to sponsor, organize, and run speech and parliamentary debate tournaments, public speaking events and demonstrations, and community service projects in the best interests of public speaking."
To these ends, we allow members of the Harvard community from any class, any school (including graduate schools), and any debating background to join our organization following the completion of a simple "comp" process. We put a high premium on training, practice, and commitment, but we strongly believe that unnecessary exclusion damages the potential of our organization.
If you would like to find out more, please e-mail our Comp Director, Andrew Laing, at comp (at) hspds.org.
Thanks to Our Sponsors
We would like to thank all our individual sponsors for their generous contributions! Their support will help us work towards creating an endowment for the team. If you are interested in learning more about making a tax-deductible contribution to HSPDS, please contact us at finance (at) hspds.org.
Congratulations to Alex Blenkinsopp '05 and Alex Potapov '05, 2005 National Champions!
Congratulations to David Kimel '05 and Jason Wen '05, 2005 American Parliamentary Debate Association Team of the Year! Read the story in The Harvard Crimson newspaper
Tournament Highlights 2006-2007
Tournament Highlights 2005-2006
Tournament Highlights 2004-2005
Last Update: May 7, 2008. E-mail us at debate (at) hspds.org with any corrections or technical issues.