Cross Examination Debate Association
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (May 2012)|
|Type||Non Profit Organization|
|Key people||Eric Morris, President|
The Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) (// SEE-duh) is the largest intercollegiate policy debate association in the United States. Throughout the school year, CEDA sanctions over 60 tournaments throughout the nation, including an annual National Championship Tournament that brings together over 175 individual debate teams from across the nation to compete for a national championship.
Founded in 1971 as the Southwest Cross Examination Debate Association, CEDA is now the primary national association promoting policy topic intercollegiate academic debate. In cooperation with the National Debate Tournament Committee and the American Debate Association, CEDA formulates the annual intercollegiate policy debate topic used in tournament competition throughout the nation.
CEDA acts as a tournament sanctioning agent, providing through its Constitution and By-Laws a framework for normalizing tournament practices and procedures. Throughout the tournament season, CEDA calculates the National Sweepstakes Standings, the national and regional rankings of member institutions based on compiled tournament results.
CEDA also functions as a professional association for scholars and teachers in the field of applied argumentation and debate. In addition to sponsoring scholarly programs on issues of interest to association members at the annual convention of the National Communication Association, CEDA has organized two indigenous scholarly assessment conferences: The 1991 St. Paul 20th Anniversary Assessment Conference, and the 2001 Tahoe Conference on Academic Debate. CEDA and the NDT co-sponsored a third professional conference, The 2009 National Developmental Conference at Wake Forest University. The 2009 Conference was directed by Dr. Allan Louden of Wake Forest University. The conference proceedings were edited by Louden and published by the International Debate Education Association Press as Navigating Opportunity: Policy Debate in the 21st Century.
CEDA also publishes Contemporary Argumentation and Debate: The Journal of the Cross Examination Debate Association, a refereed scholarly journal that serves as the primary outlet for monographs and essays addressing issues related to the theory and practice of academic debate. The journal is edited by Dr. Jennifer Bevan of Chapman University and Dr. Gordon Stables of the University of Southern California.
For a number of years, CEDA employed a two-person team value debate format. CEDA utilized two topics each year, one governing the Fall Semester and the second governing the Spring Semester. Beginning with the 1995-96 season, however, CEDA has employed a single, year-long policy debate topic.
In 1996, the NDT and the American Debate Association agreed to employ the CEDA topic during their seasons, effectively unifying the organizations.
National Tournament Results
- 1986 - Champion: Macalester College (Paul Benson and Molly McGinnis) Runner-Up: Florida State University (Carrie Crenshaw and Miguel Delao)
- 1987 - Champion: Macalester College (Paul Benson and Molly McGinnis) Runner-Up: University of New Mexico (Mike Stanley and Leah Neal)
- 1988 - Champion: Southern Illinois University (Mark West and John Lapham) Runner-Up: William Jewell College (David Israelite and Brad Roberts)
- 1989 - Champion: Gonzaga University (Dave Hanson and Bill DeForeest) Runner-Up: Southern Illinois University (Mark West and John Lapham)
- 1990 - Champion: University of Central Oklahoma (then Central State University) (Charles Mallard and Josh Hoe) Runner-Up: Missouri State University (then Southwest Missouri State University) (Eric Morris and Robert Olson)
- 1991 - Champion: Kansas State University (David Filippi and Richard McCollum) Runner-Up: University of California, Los Angeles (Jon Dean and Brian Fletcher)
- 1992 - Champion: Missouri State University (then Southwest Missouri State University) (Jeffrey Jarman and TJ Wolfe) Runner-Up: Florida State University (Jay Connell and PJ Stakelum)
- 1993 - Champion: Kansas State University (Jill Basinger & KJ Wall) Runner-Up: Emporia State University (Greg Achten and Jim Haefele)
- 1994 - Champion: University of Missouri-Kansas City (David Kingston (Genco) and James Brian Johnston) Runner-Up: Kansas State University/Michigan State University (Dave Devereux/Elizabeth Repko)
- 1995 - Champion: Michigan State University (Elizabeth Repko and Jason Trice) Runner-Up: Gonzaga University (Blake Dias and Ian McLoughlin)
- 1996 - Champion: Southern Illinois University (Glen Frappier and Bill Shinn) Runner-Up: Fort Hays State University (Tim Carroll and Brandon Thompson)
- 1997 - Champion: Northwestern University (Terry Johnson and Brandon Fletcher) Runner-Up: Michigan State University (Erik Cornellier and John Sullivan)
- 1998 - Co-Champions: Emory University (Stephen Heidt and Dan Fitzmier) and Emory University (Anne Marie Todd and Vic Tabak)
- 1999 - Champion: Whitman College (Jessica Clarke and Adam Symonds) Runner-up: The State University of West Georgia (Rachel Saloom and Chris Bonilla)
- 2000 - Champion (policy): The State University of West Georgia (Rachel Saloom and Sarah Holbrook) Runner-up: Michigan State University (Aaron Monick and Steve Donald).
- 2000 - Champion (non-policy): Kansas State University (Kyle Wilson and Ben Sharp).
- 2001 - Champion (policy): The State University of West Georgia (Rashad Evans and Sarah Holbrook) Runner-up: Emory University (John Rains and Kacey Wolmer).
- 2001 - Champion (non-policy): University of Rochester (Carsten Hoppe and Sujata Menjoge).
- 2002 - Champion: Fort Hays State University (Joe Ramsey and Jason Regnier) Runner-up: Michigan State University (Calum Matheson & Austin Carson)
- 2003 - Champion: New York University (Richard Garner and Nate Gorelick) Runner-up: Whitman College (Thad Blank & Charles Olney).
- 2004 - Champion: Emory University (Mike Beckley and Henry Liu) Runner-up University of North Texas (Nirav Patel and John Prieur).
- 2005 - Champion: UC Berkeley (Craig Wickersham and Stacey Nathan) Runner-up: Dartmouth (Brian Smith and Kathryn Clark)
- 2006 - Champion: Harvard (Michael Klinger and Nikhil Mirchandani) Runner-up: Dartmouth (Brian Smith and Kathryn Clark).
- 2007 - Champion: University of Oklahoma (Conor Cleary and Blake Johnson) Runner-up: Dartmouth (Kathryn Clark and Kade Olsen).
- 2008 - Champion: Towson University (Dayvon Love and Deven Cooper) Runner-up: University of Kansas (Chris Stone and Nate Johnson).
- 2009 - Champion: University of Oklahoma (R.J. Giglio and Nick Watts) Runner-up: Towson University (Dayvon Love and Deven Cooper)
- 2010 - Champion University of Oklahoma (R.J. Giglio and Nick Watts) Runner-up: Whitman College (Nate Cohn and Daniel Straus)
- 2011 - Champion Kansas State University (Beth Mendenhall and Derek Ziegler) Runner-up: Towson University (Ben Crossan & Fernando Kirkman).
- 2012 - Champion University of Oklahoma (R.J. Giglio and Christopher Leonardi) Runner-up: Whitman College (Allison Humble and Alex Zendeh)
- 2013 - Champion Emporia State University (Ryan Wash and Eli Smith) Runner-up: University of West Georgia (Damiyr Davis and Miguel Feliciano)
1971-72 Resolved: That the US should withdraw its ground combat forces from bases located outside the Western Hemisphere. 1972-73 Fall Resolved: That the penal system in the US should be significantly improved. Spring Resolved: That the US should seek to restore normal diplomatic and economic relations with the present government of Cuba. 1973-74 Fall Resolved: That “victimless crimes” should be legalized. Spring Resolved: That the US should reduce its commitment to Israel. 1974-75 Fall Resolved: That the federal government should grant amnesty to all those who evaded the draft during the Vietnam War. Spring Resolved: That American television has sacrificed quality for entertainment. 1975-76 Resolved: That education has failed its mission in the US. 1976-77 Resolved: That legal protection of accused persons in the US unnecessarily hinders law enforcement agencies. 1977-78 Resolved: That Affirmative Action promotes deleterious hiring practices. 1978-79 Resolved: That the US policy significantly directed toward the furtherance of human rights is desirable. 1979-80 Resolved: That compulsory national service for all qualified US citizens is desirable. 1980-81 Fall Resolved: That protection of the national environment is a more important goal than the satisfaction of American energy demands. Spring Resolved: That activism in politics by religious groups harms the American political process. 1981-82 Fall Resolved: That unauthorized immigration into the US is seriously detrimental to the US. Spring Resolved: That the American judicial system has overemphasized the rights of the accused. 1982-83 Fall Resolved: That a unilateral freeze by the US on the production and development of nuclear weapons would be desirable. Spring Resolved: That individual rights of privacy are more important than any other Constitutional right. 1983-84 Fall Resolved: That US higher education has sacrificed quality for institutional survival. Spring Resolved: That federal government censorship is justified to defend the national security of the US. 1984-85 Fall Resolved: That the method of conducting presidential elections in the US is detrimental to democracy. Spring Resolved: That the US is justified in providing military support to nondemocratic governments. 1985-86 Fall Resolved: That significant government restrictions on coverage by US media of terrorist activity are justified. Spring Resolved: That membership in the UN is no longer beneficial to the US. 1986-87 Fall Resolved: That improved relations with the Soviet Union are a more important objective for the US than increased military preparedness. Spring Resolved: That regulations in the US requiring employees to be tested for controlled substances are an unwarranted invasion of privacy. 1987-88 Fall Resolved: That continued US covert involvement in Central America would be undesirable. Spring Resolved: That the American judicial system has overemphasized freedom of the press. 1988-89 Fall Resolved: That significantly stronger third party participation in the US presidential elections would benefit the political process.
Spring Resolved: That increased restrictions on the civilian possession of handguns in the US would be justified.
1989-90 Fall Resolved: That violence is a justified response to political oppression. Spring Resolved: That the trend toward increasing foreign investment in the US is detrimental to this nation. 1990-91 Fall Resolved: That government censorship of public artistic expression in the US is an undesirable infringement of individual rights. Spring Resolved: That the US Supreme Court, on balance, has granted excessive power to law enforcement agencies. 1991-92 Fall Resolved: That US colleges and universities have inappropriately altered educational practices to address issues of race or gender. Spring Resolved: That advertising degrades the quality of life in the US.