Results from VBI Chicago's elimination rounds.Read More
Congratulations to Lawrence Zhou of Bartlesville HS (OK) and his coach Linda Shipley for winning the 2014 NSDA National Tournament in LD. Lawrence is the 10th VBI alumnus to win Nationals in the past 11 years.
Congratulations also to Katie Hughes of Immaculate Heart High School and her coach Naemah Morris on winning 3rd place in LD, and Danny DeBois and his coach Chetan Hertzig for winning top speaker in the World Schools Debate Competition hosted at this year's nationals.
PBS Stations are airing a two part documentary relevant to the NSDA Nationals topic for LD.
Relevant to the NFL Nationals resolution: "The United States ought to prioritize the pursuit of national security objectives above the digital privacy of its citizens," here is a debate between some big names in the real world debate on state surveillance.
They are debating, more broadly, "Be it resolved state surveillance is a legitimate defense of our freedoms."
Congratulations to Harrison's Danny DeBois for winning the 2014 Tournament of Champions, held at the University of Kentucky. In finals, Danny defeated Loyola's Chris Kymn on a 3-0 decision (McGinnis, Weisberg, Zhu).Read More
If pre-fiat arguments need to die, it is only because the very idea of pre-fiat is no longer useful within LD debate. As much has been said about the nature of pre-fiat, there is generally a lack of clarity within the LD community as to what pre-fiat arguments look like and how they function. While pre-fiat arguments have traditionally been associated with a specific kind of kritik that draws its link from the discourse used in a debate, there has been a recent trend of referring to any argument that discusses race or gender as being “pre-fiat.” Although many positions that address race and gender involve arguments about discourse, I would argue that labeling these positions as generically pre-fiat allows critics of such arguments to dismiss them as an argumentative fad or trick that exploits the structure of fiat in order to gain an unfair advantage and win rounds. Contrary to what the label “pre-fiat” might suggest, critical arguments about structural oppression are not an attempt to avoid substantive debate for a strategic advantage.Read More
Full results from the NDCA Championships are now available at the NDCA website.
Dukes & Bailey Cup: Ram Prasad, La Jolla HS, (Coached by Tom Evnen, Jeff Liu, Jordan Lamothe, and Zach Parker)
Top Speaker: Annie Kors, Harvard-Westlake School (Coached by Mike Bietz, Stephen Babb, Bill Neesen & Daniel Tartakovsky)
Tournament Champion: Pranav Reddy, Harker School (Coached by Greg Achten, Ryan Fink & Nikhil Nag)
Tournament Runner-Up & Second Speaker: Christian Quiroz, Newark Science (Coached by Jonathan Alston, Elijah Smith & Chris Randall)
Congratulations to Harker's Pranav Reddy for winning the 2014 NDCA Championships! In finals, Pranav defeated Newark Science's Christian Quiroz on a 2-1 decision (Kuang*, Mackenzie, Woodhouse). Pranav is coached by Greg Achten, Ryan Fink, and Nikhil Nag. Christian is coached by Jonathan Alston, Elijah Smith, and Chris Randall.Read More
Ellen Noble graduated in 2013 from Macalester College with a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy, and is currently pursuing an M.A. in International Security at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She has interned at Human Rights Watch, The Constitution Project, and The Nonprofit Roundtable. She debated for four years at Walt Whitman High School in Maryland, where she qualified twice to the TOC and won the 2008 NCFL tournament. She has worked as an assistant coach at Apple Valley High School. She attended VBI as a student in 2007 and 2008, and returned as an instructor in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2013.
A few weeks ago, we posted a job listing on behalf of The Hockaday School for a new Director of Debate and Forensic Activities. They are now looking to hire an assistant. Below is a message from Cathy Murphree, the Assistant Head for Academic Affairs and Provost.Read More
Lexington, KY -- Starting today at-large applicants will be informed whether they have been been awarded a spot at the TOC. We will publish the names of the accepted entries as they are announced.Read More
Congratulations to Andrew Markoff and Andrew Arsht of Georgetown University for winning the 68th National Debate Tournament in Indiana! Georgetown AM defeated the University of Michigan's Ellis Allen and Alex Pappas in finals.Read More