The Chicago Debate Chronicle

From the Chicago Debate Commission | Summer 2013

Summer Debate Event!

Join us for a PUBLIC DEBATE Saturday, July 13th at 2 p.m., at the DuSable Museum of African-American History.

See CDL debaters from Morgan Park, Lane Tech, Julian, and Williams debate this important historical topic:

Resolved: That the Emancipation Proclamation — including its opening of the armed services to persons of color — was passed primarily for reasons of political expedience, rather than high moral purpose, and therefore it is not one of the great American civil rights documents.

Location: the DuSable Museum of African-American History (in Ames Auditorium in the Burnham Wing), 740 E. 56th Street.

This event, which takes place as part of the Museum’s celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, is free and open to the public.

Crowdfunding for the CDSI

The Chicago Debate Summer Institute (CDSI) makes high-quality pre-season debate training accessible to Chicago students. We are raising funds to provide this two-week intensive high school debate program (and one-week middle school program) FREE to low-income students. Thanks to our amazing donors, we’ve already raised over $25,000 for CDSI.

But we need $5000 more by July 29 to meet our fundraising goal. That’s where you come in. Plus, an anonymous donor has agreed to match all new contributions — so your gift will count double!

See the full story and pictures on Razoo, and make your donation today!

Make Room for Debate a terrific success

Our second annual Make Room for Debate fundraiser, held on June 27, was a terrific success because the generosity of almost 250 guests and 36 individual and corporate sponsors.

The event celebrated the CDC’s powerful debate programming for Chicago students and honored Toni Preckwinkle, President of the Cook County Board.

Special thanks to our Platinum sponsors, Allstate and Kirkland & Ellis; Media sponsor, SPLASH; and Silver sponsors, Dentons, Huron Legal, Performance Trust, and Steans Family Foundation.


Another great CDL season!

The Chicago Debate Championship was a fitting culmination to a superb season. Click the link below for the 2012/13 CDL Season Award winners, including The Golden Gavel Award, the Voltaire Sterling Debater of the Year, and Alumnus of the Year. And, Chicago CDL did an amazing job at the NAUDL Nationals!