The Madison Cup is currently on hiatus until further notice. If and when it returns, we will update you here. 

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 19th annual James Madison Commemorative Debate and Citizens Forum on Thursday, April 18th, 2019

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.

2019 Topic: The United States federal government should significantly reduce executive authority over immigration.

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.


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