January 20, 2016 

On behalf of the James Madison University and JMU Debate, we are pleased and excited to invite you to compete for the Madison Cup at the 16th annual James Madison Commemorative Debate and Citizens Forum on Monday, April 18th, 2016. 

The James Madison Commemorative Debate and Citizens Forum, a unique intercollegiate debate competition, combines the excitement and challenge of tournament competition with the relevance and empowerment of a public audience and audience participation.  

We are pleased to continue our partnership with The Arthur N. Rupe Foundation. Funding provided by the Rupe Foundation allows us to award prize money to the top ten teams and top twelve debaters, as well as to provide travel stipends for three qualifying teams.

2016 Topic: This house believes that the militarization of police in the United States is necessary to protect and serve.

Other cool and unique features:

  •         $30,000 in prize money
  •         Debating and competing in front of public audiences
  •         No entry fees
  •         Continental breakfast, snacks, and lunch provided
  •         Video webcast of the final round
  •         Great PR for your debate program
  •         Madison Cup traveling trophy 

The tournament details are enclosed with this letter.  If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to hosting you in April!

Mike Davis, Ph. D.                                                    

Director, Madison Cup Debates                                

School of Comm. Studies                                          

James Madison University                                        

(O) 540-568-7308                                                      

(E-mail) davismk@jmu.edu                               

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