Welcome to the new USC Trojan Debate website

Welcome to the new USC Trojan Debate website.

April 21, 2018 Trojan Debate Chipolte Fundraiser

USC Trojan Debate Squad Chipolte Fundraiser
3748 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Three ways to guarantee your purchases count:
Show the cashier a digital flyer prior to paying (see below)
Show the cashier a paper flyer prior to paying (click here for pdf flyer)
Flying flyer-free? Just mention the fundraiser to the cashier prior to paying

Only orders paid for in the store count for us
Online orders will not be included in the fundraiser total
We have to raise at least $300 in total sales for our the 50% share proceeds to be shared with the Trojan Debate Squad so every order counts.

Thank you so much!

And if you can’t make it on Saturday, here’s a link to another way to support the Trojan Debate Squad.

Trojans get public speaking skills on debate squad

“Civil debate amid partisan politics? USC students keep hope alive.”

Trojan Debate Director KKDhillon Introduces Topic and Debaters

Trojan Debate Director KKDhillon Introduces Topic, #MeToo on College Campuses, and Debaters

“The Trojan Debate Squad, USC’s oldest chartered student organization, is gaining momentum. It teaches critical analysis and reasoned argument during era of trolls and ‘fake news’.

“Finding common ground can be challenging in today’s climate of political bickering.

“But one group of students at USC is learning how to remain civil and stick to the facts, even when arguing over heated issues like health care and abortion. It’s the Trojan Debate Squad, a university-wide organization headquartered at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism that equips students with research and public speaking skills.”
Civil debate amid partisan politics? USC students keep hope alive, by Eric Linberg, USC News, March 14, 2018

Kiran Dhillon, Director of Trojan Debate

“The oldest student organization at USC has just appointed its first female director. Kiran Dhillon, a lecturer of communication at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, will now lead the USC Trojan Debate Squad.

“Dhillon was first hired by USC in 2016 as the assistant director of the Trojan Debate Squad. Gordon Stables, the former director of the debate team, is confident in Dhillon’s ability to continue the program’s legacy.

“‘We were very fortunate to convince her to join the Trojan family and the Debate Squad is well-positioned for a tremendous era under her leadership,’ Stables said in an email to the Daily Trojan.”
Read more at Debate team hires first female director, by Maverick Freedlander, Trojan Daily, September 7, 2017

Kiran Dhillon

How debate leads to progress and social change, no matter who wins

A fascinating podcast on debate, specifically debate on same-sex marriage, from the wonderful David McRaney and his research on many things for his You Are Not So Smart project.

YANSS 107 – How debate leads to progress and social change, no matter who wins, by David McRaney, You Are Not So Smart, August 5, 2017 (57 minutes; ignore the ads Boing Boing puts on there)

USC debate team takes on UCLA at Saturday event

“USC faced off against UCLA Friday and Saturday night in two parliamentary-style debates, which covered the war in Syria and U.S. immigration policy. The first debate, which had competitors debate the U.S. backing of Syrian rebel groups, ended in victory for the USC team.”


“Friday’s debate had a USC team of senior business administration major Ideen Saiedian and first-year law student Nathaniel Haas, who affirmed the resolution that the U.S. should remove its backing from any rebel groups in the Syrian civil war.”


“The USC team, consisting of sophomore economics and mathematics major Kristoff Weakely and freshman economics and sociology major Rebecca Harbeck, argued against the resolution, warning that the wall would not stop illegal immigration, and instead would marginalize immigrants and create a less accepting environment in the U.S.”
USC debate team takes on UCLA at Saturday event, by Diana Kruzman, Daily Trojan, October 11, 2015