88th annual Mahaffey Tournament held at Linfield

Mahaffey Debate TournamentUndergraduate students from across the nation will compete in the 88th annual R.D. Mahaffey Memorial Forensics Tournament Nov. 16-18 at Linfield College. 

The tournament is one of the oldest continuing intercollegiate tournaments in the nation and honors Roy “Hap” Mahaffey, Linfield alumnus, for his pioneering efforts with forensics. Linfield students will compete, as well as help organize and host the event. 

The tournament will offer individual public speaking events as well as three different types of debate. Debate topics will focus on recent news events and will change for each round of the competition. Contestants will be judged on various aspects of speaking, including persuasion and dramatic interpretation. Awards will be presented to winners and finalists in all events. 

The public is invited to observe all competitions. Check schedules and event information in the lobby of Riley Hall. 

The event is sponsored by the Linfield Forensics Program and the Department of Theatre and Communication Arts. For more information or to volunteer to serve as a judge, call 503-883-2802.