Join us for Pop-Up Debates, a community debate competition hosted by Kaladi Brothers Coffee in partnership with the University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolf Debate Program!


We’re giving 16 Anchorage residents the chance to argue for or against the topic “Consumers have a duty to buy locally” before a live audience for the chance to win a $500 gift card to Kaladi Brothers Coffee and two tickets to the UAA vs. Hart House (University of Toronto) Debate on April 21, 2016 at the Discovery Theatre.


How it works:


1. Register online to compete in your region.

Competition slots are limited to the first 8 people to sign up per region (North and South) and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. A waitlist will be maintained for those beyond the first 8 and on-site registration will be available if space permits.  On the evening of your competition, you must check in at the KBC cafe hosting the tournament at least 5 minutes before the competition begins


2. Show up to your regional night and give a single, 5-minute speech on your side of the topic.

Before the debate begins you will have 15 minutes to consult with a member of UAA Seawolf Debate to help build your case- we call that prep time. At the end of prep time, one randomly-selected person on the Pro side will start the round. Speeches will then alternate between the “Pro” and “Con” side of the topic until all 8 speakers have delivered their speech. At the conclusion of all 8 speeches we’ll ask our live audience to vote by text for their favorite speaker to determine our winners. BRING YOUR FRIENDS--STACKING THE AUDIENCE IS ENCOURAGED!



3. If the audience votes you as the top Pro or Con speaker for your evening, you'll advance to the North vs. South show-down final round. The final round will feature 7-minute speeches.  One speaker from the final round will be selected by audience vote as the champion.


4. Win prizes!

Everyone will walk away with something, with prize packages for finalists and a $500 gift card to Kaladi Brothers Coffee for the winner.

The rules:


  • Speakers are limited to oral arguments.  Charts, images, props and other visual aids are not permitted.

  • Speakers may utilize any research or supporting material at any time during the debate.

  • Speaker order, among the 4 Pro and 4 Con speakers registered for the competition, will be assigned randomly by drawing lots.

  • All participants will be required to provide their consent for the use of their name and any photographs taken for publishing.

  • Current or former members of the UAA Seawolf Debate Traveling Team are ineligible to enter the competition.

  • Contestants under the age of 18 will be asked to submit a parent/guardian permission form before being allowed to compete.

  • All rounds are open to the public; debate loves an audience.


The Schedule:


All rounds will be held Wednesdays at 6 PM

North Regionals – March 30th at Tudor Kaladi Brothers Coffee

6901 East Tudor Road


South Regionals – April 6th at Jewel Lake Kaladi Brothers Coffee

6861 Jewel Lake Road


Final Round – April 13th at Brayton Kaladi Brothers Coffee

6921 Brayton Drive