Welcome to the home page for the 2023 M. Jack Parker Debate Invitational tournament hosted by Northern Illinois University on Oct 13, 2023 for College students.

Status: Accepting Entries

On behalf of the Northern Illinois University Debate Team and Staff,

you are invited to attend the

M. Jack Parker Debate Invitational

hosted virtually

on October 13th, 2023.

DeKalb, IL


Dear Colleague,


The Northern Illinois University Forensics Team is excited to host our annual debate tournament, the M. Jack Parker Debate Invitational. We will be offering IPDA debate. The NIU Debate Team and coaching staff would like to honor the legacy of our former Director of Forensics, debate coach, and colleague Dr. M. Jack Parker.  Dr. Parker created NIU’s debate tournament with the goal of constructing a space where new debaters are able to learn the process of debate, and more seasoned debaters have the chance to hone their debate skills.  It is in this spirit that we offer a debate tournament where novices can start their debate careers, and varsity debaters can begin their debate season. 

The tournament will consist of four preliminary rounds, a semi, and a final debate round. Based on the number of entries, the tournament director may add to/subtract from the number of out rounds. This decision will be announced by the Thursday evening before the tournament. The top two novice teams (who are not in the varsity out rounds) will qualify for a novice final round. You will be asked to provide a list of your novice competitors at registration.

Entries are due on Tuesday, October 10th, 2023 at 7:00 p.m

We look forward to seeing you!



Matt DuPuis                                    

Northern Illinois University                  

Director of Debate                             

Tournament Director