Crescent City Debate League Program

Program Description

The Crescent City Debate League (CCDL) is a collaborative project launched in 2009 by local teachers with students and faculty from Tulane and Xavier Universities. The league, which began with just three schools, has grown to include sixteen regularly competing middle schools, including public, charter, and private schools. Every year since our founding we have hosted four tournaments — two in the fall and two in the spring. We invite all middle school students in the greater New Orleans area to participate in our tournaments.

Each September the league also hosts workshops aimed at giving local teachers the training and resources they need to successfully recruit and coach debate teams in their own schools.

 Administrative Committee: Ryan McBride, J.R. Stevens, Gregory Tacconi-Moore, Taylor Stevens, and Courtney Cantrell.

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Program Honors:

Kwame Anthony Appiah, Laurence S. Rockefeller Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University, awarded the Tulane Debate Society an American Philosophical Association grant.

The Middle School Public Debate Program is currently using our project here at Tulane University as a model as they work to start similar debate projects at universities across the country.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Mayor C. Ray Nagin have both honored Ryan McBride, the program’s founding director, for working with teachers, principals, middle school students and Tulane students to establish a citywide debate league in New Orleans.