Welcome to PDS!

The Penn Debate Society (PDS) was founded in 1984 as the Penn Parliamentary Debate Society and is the premier debate association on campus. We compete on the American Parliamentary Debate Association (APDA), which is the oldest intercollegiate debate organization in the United States. At tournaments, we face teams from the rest of the Ivy League, as well as Stanford, UChicago, Swarthmore, GW, Rutgers, and other colleges across the country. Topics range from economics to philosophy to military strategy to pop culture. While most tournaments we attend are in American Parliamentary style, we also send teams to British Parliamentary tournaments, most notably the World University Debate Championships (WUDC) where our teams have done exceptionally well in the past. PDS is a top-flight debate team and a diverse group of scholars, but more importantly, we are a family.