Adult Debate Club

Join us in reviving the art of debate. Participate in competitive, community-driven debate events or start your own chapter. Let’s foster a culture of critical thinking and meaningful dialogue.

Get Involved

As a Debater

Become a part of our vibrant debate community. Whether experienced or a beginner, Super Debate offers a platform to improve your skills, challenge your views, and connect with like-minded individuals. Sign up for upcoming events and showcase your debating talent.

As a Judge

Help ensure fair and engaging debates by volunteering as a judge. Your evaluations are crucial in determining winners. No prior experience needed; our judging criteria are easy to follow. Help us promote critical thinking and fair play.

As an Ambassador

Bring Super Debate to your local area. Organize events, gather participants, and host stimulating debates on various topics. We provide resources and support to make it simple to create impactful events that encourage dialogue and understanding.

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Photo of a trendy coworking space filled with millennial hipsters. Exposed brick walls and string lights set a casual vibe. Attendees, dressed in rela

About Us

“Super Debate is a movement dedicated to bringing back the lost art of public debate. Inspired by the ancient Greek Agora, we aim to create a society where critical inquiry and open dialogue are valued. Our mission is to provide a platform for adults to engage in structured debates, develop their public speaking skills, and foster a community of thinkers and doers.

We believe in the transformative power of debate for both individuals and communities. By participating in our events, you’ll challenge your perspectives, sharpen your arguments, and connect with a network of like-minded individuals.”

-John Thomas Connor, Founder

Why We Need Debate

Foster Empathy and Open-Mindedness

Debating requires participants to explore and engage with different viewpoints, promoting empathy, open-mindedness, and respect for opposing ideas.

Develop and Hone Intellectual Integrity

Debating requires defending your stance with evidence and logic, fostering intellectual honesty and responsibility, making you more accountable and informed.

Cultivate a Culture of Inquiry and Dialogue

Participating in debates promotes intellectual growth and open dialogue, helping build a more informed and compassionate society.

Enhance Communication and Critical Thinking

Master critical thinking, problem-solving, and persuasive communication skills through debate. These skills transfer to various aspects of life, enhancing personal and professional growth.

Discover Our Modular Debate Format

 

Super Debate offers a streamlined, semi-structured format for engaging two-person debates. Drawing from traditional competitive styles, our 30-minute rounds keep discussions focused and accessible.

With flexibility at its core, our format empowers community members to judge and score debates. Customize your experience by extending speeches or involving extra debaters, ensuring lively and enriching discussions for all.

Anyone Can
Judge Debates

 

As a spectator, you have the opportunity to engage actively by evaluating the performance of each debater, by giving them 3-5 points for their performance in each of these 5 categories:

  1. Organization and Clarity
  2. Use of Argumentation and Logic
  3. Use of Examples and Evidence
  4. Persuasiveness of Communication
  5. Overall Performance
The higher total scoring debater (15-25) wins the debate!

Launch Your Own
Debate Club

 
  1. Secure a Location – A class room, local café, bar, or coworking space will do.
  2. Set a Date – Create an event page and invite friends or rivals to participate.
  3. Select Topics – Discuss anything from vegan ethics to the complexities of war.
  4. Follow Our Format – Use our easy debate format and let the audience decide the winner.

Interested in starting a Super Debate Club?
Reach out to us, and we’ll help you get started.

Want to get involved, collaborate, sponsor, or find out how you can support our mission?

Contact Us

Use the form below or email: John(at)superdebate.org.

Join the First Super Debate Event in Chicago!

August 2024