The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is organizing the first-ever U.S. Universities Midwest Arabic Debate Championship!
Main Quad

Dates: April 19-21, 2024

Saturday Location: Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)
                                          306 N Wright St, Urbana, IL 61801

Sunday Location:    Campus Instructional Facility (CIF)
                                         1405 W Springfield Ave., Urbana, IL 61801


Funders and Sponsors

The Midwest Arabic Debate Championship is funded by the following organizations, departments, centers, and programs:

CSAMES U.S. Department of Education Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Languages program grant


School of Literatures, Languages, and Linguistics

Center for Global Studies

Illinois International Program

Humanities Research Institute

Women & Gender in Global Perspectives Program

Salaam Center

Student Affairs Team

Land Acknowledgement

We would like to begin today by recognizing and acknowledging that we are on the lands of the Peoria, Kaskaskia, Piankashaw, Wea, Miami, Mascoutin, Odawa, Sauk, Mesquaki, Kickapoo, Potawatomi, Ojibwe, and Chickasaw Nations. These lands were the traditional territory of these Native Nations prior to their forced removal; these lands continue to carry the stories of these Nations and their struggles for survival and identity.

As a land-grant institution, the University of Illinois has a particular responsibility to acknowledge the peoples of these lands, as well as the histories of dispossession that have allowed for the growth of this institution for the past 150 years. We are also obligated to reflect on and actively address these histories and the role that this university has played in shaping them. This acknowledgement and the centering of Native peoples is a start as we move forward for the next 150 years.