The 2016-17 Lafayette Debates North American Championship will be held on April 8-9, 2017, in Washington DC. At the tournament, the top two debate teams and the top three individual debaters will win trips to Paris as part of the 2017 Young Ambassadors Study Tour.
Elimination and final rounds will be held on Sunday, April 9, at the Embassy of France to the United States followed by a tournament reception at La Maison Francaise. Preliminary rounds will be held on Saturday, April 8, at The George Washington University.
The Lafayette Debates is open to the public! During the tournament, community professionals and intrigued students can attend debates at The George Washington University and The French Embassy.
The opening round of the 2016-17 Lafayette Debates was held at the Hart House Invitational at the University of Toronto in Fall 2016. Two hundred and twenty six students from over thirty different U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities participated in the event. Congratulations to the tournament champions from Yale University for being the first debaters to qualify for the 2017 Young Ambassadors Program & Study Tour!