2020 USM Invitational
Dates: 2/21/2020 - 2/22/2020

2020 USM Invitational

University of Southern Mississippi – Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Dear students & colleagues:

The University of Southern Mississippi Speech & Debate Society cordially invites you to join us for the first USM Invitational, to be held February 21-22, 2020. 

The USM Invitational will offer the following 18 events:


Lincoln-Douglas, Policy, Public Forum, and Student Congress

Flight A Events

Dramatic Interpretation, Duet Acting, Impromptu, , Oratory, Program of Oral Interpretation (POI), Prose, Storytelling[1]

Flight B Events

Declamation, Duo Interpretation, Expository, Extemporaneous, Humorous Interpretation, Informative, Poetry

You will find all of the pertinent information—rules, tournament schedules, contact numbers and addresses, hotel information, directions to the University of Southern Mississippi campus, and parking instructions on the Joy of Tournaments website. Students may enter only 1 debate event, and up to 3 speech events per flight.  The top novice in every speech event will be recognized.

Entries should be submitted via Joy of Tournaments no later than Tuesday. Changes will be accepted without charge until Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 12pm (noon). Each change after that will be charged double the entry fee.

We look forward to seeing you February 21-22 for a weekend of fun and forensic competition! Registration on Friday, February 21 will be from 2-3 p.m.  Round 1 of debate will begin at 3:00 p.m.

L. Paul Strait, Ph.D.

Director of Forensics & Assistant Professor of Communication


W: 601-266-4286  | M: 202-270-6397

[1] Our storytelling theme is ‘stories about magic.’

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