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Members of the Warren Debate Union at the University of Alaska Anchorage
Director of Forensics Dr. Jacob Justice
Congratulations Spencer Heitman and Katherine Broten for their 1st place team finish at the Lewis and Clark Steve Hunt Classic.
Members of the WDU at the Vanderbilt BP Tournament in Nashville, in 2023.
The Warren Debate Union at UM hosting a debate between 4 students.

Warren Debate Union

Be intuitive, be creative, be brilliant. 

The Ty R. Warren Debate Union, a body of undergraduate students, engages global communication through British Parliamentary/Worlds Style Debate on campus, within our region, nationally, and around the globe. 

Joining the Warren Debate Union (WDU) is a fantastic way to 

  • improve your speaking and research skills 
  • make friends with likeminded students that love arguing 
  • travel to amazing locations across the nation 
  • have fun 

Now housed under the Department of Writing and Rhetoric at The University of Mississippi, the Warren Debate Union challenges students of all majors and backgrounds to think critically and improve their communication skills through debate and public speaking. Staging the debate on campus through their involvement and providing opportunities for public engagement annually, the Warren Debate Union is proud to host an annual high school invitational tournament recognized by the Mississippi High School Activities Association, the National Speech and Debate Association, and the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions; assist in the development and annual operation of Speaker’s Edge, a competitive speaking event for our MBA, Masters in Accountancy, and Juris Doctor Programs; and present public debates for the evaluation of the Lafayette-Oxford-University community. 

In recent years, the WDU has represented the University proudly at competitions hosted in Anchorage (Alaska), Denver (Colorado), Miami (Florida), Nashville (Tennessee), Portland (Oregon), and Seattle (Washington). Encouraging others to speak to their passions, members of the Warren Debate Union lead by example. The WDU also holds joint events with other debate teams in our region, including Vanderbilt University and Rust College.  

For further information about joining the WDU and our weekly meetings please contact Dr. Jacob Justice, Director of Forensics, at or

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