The Tennessee Speech and Debate Society is The University of Tennessee-Knoxville’s premier competitive debating organization, bringing students to Parliamentary Debate tournaments across the State of Tennessee, the Southeast, and the nation. We have been consistent in our ability to field debate teams in break rounds in local, regional, and national tournaments. In addition, we bring public debate and discourse to the Tennessee student community.
We are proud of our constitution's purpose statement: "The intent and purpose of the Tennessee Speech and Debate Society (TSDS) is to develop and pursue excellence in public speaking and oration in the University of Tennessee student community, and to represent Tennessee in intercollegiate speech and parliamentary debate competitions. In addition, TSDS will seek to sponsor, organize, and run speech and parliamentary debate tournaments, public speaking events, and community service projects in the best interests of public speaking."
To these ends, we allow members of The University of Tennessee-Knoxville community from any class, any school (including Graduate/Law/VetMed), and any debating background to join our organization.
For more information, please feel to contact the organization at firstname.lastname@example.org