Housed in the School of Humanities, the George R. Brown Forensic Society is Rice University’s competitive intercollegiate speech and debate team. Founded in 1984, the society replaced the original Rice Forensic Society, which existed from 1954 to 1964. The team represents Rice in speech and debate tournaments throughout the United States and consistently finishes ranked in the top ten.
Rice University sponsors tournament competition in the 11 AFA Individual Events and NPDA/NPTE Debate. We prioritize the University’s mission of achieving new levels of excellence and recognition through attendance at
national tournaments. We pride ourselves in creating a diverse group of advocates who, as alumni, translate their competitive achievements into top positions in their fields.
A Top Five Parliamentary Debate Program
Collegiate Parliamentary Debate is a high paced, policy style debate which focuses on current events and critical theory. Rice ranked 4th in the nation at the National Parliamentary Debate Association National Championship.
Rice consistently qualifies debaters for the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence. This is a qualification-based tournament composed of the 50 highest ranked teams in the nation.
A National Title Winning Speech Program
The George R. Brown Forensics Society, Rice’s speech and debate team, finished the year ranked 1st in the nation in in its division in speech! Rice has coached numerous state and national finalist and semi-finalist, including state and national event champions!
Collegiate Tournament Life