Dartmouth Parli is an internationally-competitive debate team that is entirely student-run. We compete on the American Parliamentary Debate Association (APDA) and the international British Parliamentary circuit. We welcome members of all backgrounds of debating experience. In fact, our most competitive members have ranged in experience from international competitors to people who were once afraid of public speaking.
Dartmouth Parli at 2018 North American Debate Championships in Toronto, Canada
Beyond a competitive campus organization, we are a close-knit group of friends with shared memories of anything from karaoke-ing in car rides to napping between tournament rounds. We host numerous community events throughout the year including trips to Ben & Jerry’s and to the Dartmouth Skiway, and an annual end-of-year banquet.
Our lovely novices – YALE IV 2017
We hold practices every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 7-8:30 PM in Carpenter Hall 201F (second floor of the building between Baker-Berry and Carson; accessible through the Sherman Art Library). During these meetings, we discuss upcoming tournaments and events, work on general knowledge and debate skills, and hold practice rounds. We occasionally host guest speakers during practice.
While members of all levels of activity are welcome to attend practice and most regional tournaments, we hold tryouts for our core competition team typically at the end of Week 2 during the fall and winter terms. No experience is necessary. We select based on demonstrated interest, speaking ability, and receptiveness to feedback.
Application Opens Fall 2018
If you are interested in joining Parli Debate and/or would like to learn more about us, please email Parliamentary.Debate.Team@dartmouth.edu or any of our current executives.