Cornhusker Speech and Debate

Green at Speech and Debate


  • 2023 & 2022 National Debate Team Champions in Lincoln Douglas Debate Team at National Forensics Association
  • Nicholas Wallenburg 2023 Lincoln Douglas Debate Individual National Champion
  • 9th Place Speech Team in the Nation at American Foresnics Association's National Speech Tournament 2023
  • Becca Human 2019 National Champion Extemporaneous Speaking at the American Forensics Association's National Speech Tournament 
  • Colten White 2018 National Champion in Lincoln Douglas Debate
  • 5th place finish in Debate at the National Forensics Association's Annual Tournament 2019
  • 8th place finish in Speech at the American Forensics Association's National Individual Events Tournament 2019
  • UNL Speech and Debate Win 7th Straight Big Ten Tournament Title
  • Eight Big Ten Conference Challenge Tournament Championships
  • Eight individual national champions since 2000 and 8 national runners up since 2000
  • National champions in all three areas of individual events competition in speech and in debate
  • Team has placed among top twenty teams nationally for the past twenty three years in a row
  • One of only two teams in the country to place in the top 15 in the nation in both Individual Events and Lincoln Douglas Debate
  • Alumnus Nick Herink earned second place at the national tournaments for the American Forensics Association and National Forensics Association.


Cornhusker Speech and Debate: 3-Time Big Ten Champions
Aaron Duncan and team members talk about the Speech and Debate program.

“Is Regulation of Social Media Necessary to Protect Democracy?”
British National Debate vs. Nebraska Speech and Debate
E.N. Thompson Forum, 2017


Director of Speech and Debate

Duncan Photo

Dr. Aaron Duncan
375 Pound Hall

Associate Director

Allison Bonander

Dr. Allison Bonander
373 Pound Hall

Associate Director

Image of Justin Kirk

Dr. Justin Kirk
371 Pound Hall

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All gifts cover the expenses needed to travel, register students for competition, host tournaments, and purchase supplies.