Lincoln-Douglas Debate

Northwestern University has historically been linked to Lincoln-Douglas Debate success at both the collegiate and high school levels. Lincoln-Douglas Debate is value debate, where philosophical propositions are discussed with respect to the overarching moral and political implications of adopting a particular ideology or advocacy.

Former Lincoln-Douglas debaters are encouraged to join the Northwestern Speech Team, where a similar style of competition encourages persuasive communication, quick thinking, and philosophical and political knowledge. All interested parties should contact Ryan Lauth (