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“When I joined debate, it ignited a spark inside of me that made me feel like I could pursue big things that I didn’t think I could do before.”

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Debate by the Numbers: 2019-20

200+ volunteers

CDL Debaters Serve as Paid Interns in Broadening Summer Jobs Program

The Chicago Debate League offered its unique Summer Jobs Program…

Chicago Debate Summer Institute Kicks Off the New Season

One hundred and two students from twenty-five schools throughout…

Moving Into Our 14th Season

Labor Day finds the Chicago Debate League on the threshold of…