2022 — Harrisonburg, VA/US
Public Forum Debate is two-on-two team debate, primarily focused on speaking and persuasive ability. Every month, a resolution is decided upon by coaches across the nation and it is debated at most tournaments within that one-month period. Public Forum Debate was created in 2002 as an alternative to traditional team policy debate, which relies heavily on technical jargon, specific case structure criteria, and in some cases, a rapid pace of delivery. The event, originally named for National Forensic League benefactor Ted Turner, was based on his CNN network political/current affairs debate show Crossfire, and stresses persuasive communication to any public audience.