University student debaters from the western hemisphere will compete at the School of Communication this weekend as the University of Miami Debate Team hosts the inaugural Pan American Universities Debating Championships. 

The tournament uses the rules and format of the World Universities Debating Championship. It features six preliminary debates and an appropriate number of elimination debates leading to Pan American champions in two divisions, Spanish language and English language. 

Students, faculty and debate enthusiasts are invited to attend the tournament, which begins at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 and runs through Sunday, Jan. 26. A complete schedule may be found below. Food will not be provided for spectators.

The tournament is sponsored by the World Debate Institute.

Friday, January 24, 2014
4 p.m. Opening session, CIB 3053
5 p.m. Round I
6 p.m. Dinner, Social, School of Communication Courtyard
Saturday, January 25, 2014
10 a.m. Roll Call & Breakfast, School of Communication Courtyard
10:30 a.m. Round II
1 p.m. Round III
1:30 p.m.  Lunch, School of Communication Courtyard
4 p.m. Round IV
6:30 p.m. Round V
Sunday, January 26, 2014
10 a.m. Roll Call & Breakfast,  School of Communication Courtyard
10:30 a.m. Round VI
12:30 a.m. Quarterfinals
2:30 p.m Awards and Lunch (provided by UM), School of Communication Courtyard
3:30 pm Semifinals
5:30 Finals
7:00 pm Closing