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NDSU Forensics

Forensic activities began at North Dakota Agricultural College (NDAC) in 1896; by 1906, students from NDAC were debating on an intercollegiate level. The Lincoln Debate Club (later the Lincoln Forensic Society and currently Lincoln Speech and Debate Society) was formed on February 12, 1922.

Throughout the 20th century, NDSU has sponsored numerous competitive contests and community events; as well as invitational speech and debate tournaments for the high school community. In 1967, the North Dakota Delta Chapter of Pi Kappa Delta National Forensic Fraternity was established. December 2002 brought the 25th Annual NDSU Speech and Debate Invitational initiated by Dr. Robert S. Littlefield.

The NDSU forensics team is an active member of Pi Kappa Delta, the American Forensics Association, the National Forensics Association, and the National Parliamentary Debate Association. The forensics team competes in several tournaments annually. Students may compete in public address events, oral interpretation events, and parliamentary debate. Undergraduate students of all majors are welcome to compete.

For further information, contact Keith Bistodeau, director of forensics, or visit the team's website.

Team Practice:
5:00 pm on Tuesdays, SE 116.




4-5: VFL #1 & 2

11-12: Jackrabbit Joust- Brookings, SD

17-19: Plum 16.2, Larry Schnoor, Bill Robertz Invitationals- Mankato, MN


2-3: Vocal Viking


6-7: Michael Nicholi Invitational- Menomonie, WI


24-25: Bill Henderson and Bob Smith Invitational

31: Icebox Classic- Stout


1: Icebox Classic

8-9: Grace Walsh and Redhawk Inviational (Lovefest!)- Eau Claire, WI

14-15: Dakotas State Championship- Fargo, ND

21-22: Bunny Bop/ VFL #3- Brookings, SD

28: VFL #4 


1: VFL # 5

17: JUDGE the NDSU Littlefield tournament


5-7: AFA NIET- Phoenix, AZ

24-27: National Forensics Association- Ypsilanti, MI 

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Department of Communication
Phone: (701) 231-7705 • Fax: (701) 231-7784
Physical Address: Minard 338 • N. University Dr. & Centennial Blvd. • Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing Address: Department #2310 • P.O. Box 6050 • Fargo, ND 58108

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 11:18:13 AM