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Global Debate Forum


The Global Debate Forum (GDF) is a joint-office initiative at Emory University that began in Fall 2013 between the Barkley Forum Debate Office and the Office of International Student Life. The GDF developed out of a need to support international students in the development of their public speaking skills, and also to provide an avenue for international students to debate issues of importance to them. The GDF is executed through hour long, bi-monthly roundtable sessions and a tournament each semester, where students can come together to learn different debate skills, discuss international topics, and improve their public speaking and debate skills. The GDF is open to all undergraduate and graduate international students, whether or not they have debate experience.

To find out more information about the Global Debate Forum and how you can participate, e-mail Lydia Smith at or visit their Facebook page here.