Congressional Debate

In-Person HS Tournament

General Information/Announcements

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Middle school students may compete in the Online Middle School Congressional Tournament or may compete alongside high school students in the In-Person High School Congressional Debate Tournament.

Venues: Directions & Parking

Lesley University (Prelims)

Take the T (subway) to Porter Square, one stop further outbound from Harvard Square. As you exit the T station, turn left and walk along Massachusetts Avenue.
 Walk ½ block to the entrance to Lesley University - University Hall; there’s a mini shopping mall on the first floor.

Elevator: only one (1) elevator is available at Lesley University (near security desk on main floor), and it can get overwhelmed, but there is a large staircase and directional signs on the second level for accessing the 3rd and 4th floors.

Parking is available behind Univ. Hall, off Roseland Ave. @$20/day.

Hilles Library (Prelims)
(Student Organization Center at Hilles)

From Harvard Square T station, cross Massachusetts Ave. toward the church (First Parish in Cambridge Square) and continue right toward Cambridge Common. Cross Garden Street, turn left, and walk along the park. Turn right onto Shepard Street, and the Student Organization Center at Hilles (SOCH) will be immediately on your left.

From Porter Square/Lesley Univ. Hall, exit the building on Massachusetts Ave. and turn left. Cross the street at a crosswalk, cross Linnaean Street, and turn right. Walk down Linnaean Street and turn right into the alleyway/walkway at the sign that reads, “Radcliffe Quadrangle.” You will walk past Harvard dorms, and Hilles will be on the right, across from Cabot House.

Parking: follow instructions for Harvard’s Observatory lot.

Harvard Campus (Elims)

Take T to Harvard Square. There is a campus map and campus smartphone app you can download for the Harvard campus.

Parking: follow instructions for Harvard’s Observatory lot.

Venue Information/Amenities

Lesley University

Harvard (Hilles + Harvard Yard Campus)

Internet Access

Information to be posted in January/early February.

Internet Access

Information to be posted in January/early February.

Breakfast/Lunch (Saturday/Sunday)

Information to be posted relative to times and locations. Do NOT bring food (other than water) in competition spaces.

Breakfast/Lunch (Saturday/Sunday)

Information to be posted relative to times and locations. Do NOT bring food (other than water) in competition spaces.

Dinners + Monday Meals

Judge/Coach Lounge Areas

At Lesley Univ. Hall, the third floor café area has plenty of spaces to work or visit with colleagues.

Judge/Coach Lounge Areas

Saturday and Sunday morning at Lesley and at Hilles, there are plenty of common spaces and breakfast snacks for judges to relax, work, or visit with colleagues.

For Sunday afternoon and Monday in the Harvard Yard campus, we will update this section with information.