The Lawrence Debate Union at the University of Vermont hosts the Huber Debates each fall on the first weekend of November.
The tournament honors Robert (“Doc”) Huber, who coached debate at the University of Vermont for over 45 years, winning several national titles. He was a debate innovator, and he was named by the National Communication Association one of the academic organization’s outstanding members of the 20th century. He arranged for the endowment of the Lawrence Debate Union and the Lawrence Professorship. We hold this tournament whenever we can to salute his commitment to debate. In addition, the tournament commemorates Doc’s successor, Alfred “Tuna” Snider, who passed away in 2015.