Congratulations to Greenhill's Bennett Eckert for championing the 2014 TFA State tournament in Houston, TX. In finals, he defeated Katy Taylor's Neel Yerneni on a 2-1 decision (*Emerson, Babb, Tripe). Bennett is coached by Aaron Timmons, Neil Conrad, Bekah Boyer, Eric Forslund, and Rebecca Kuang. Neel is coached by Eric Beane.Read More
This series will address the issues that women in debate face, as well as the progress that they have made. It will be split into two parts: part one will encompass background on the issue as well as individual observations and experiences, while part two will cover implementable policies and advice for debaters, judges, coaches, and tournament and camp directors. Part II features articles and testimonies from Bekah Boyer, Tim Mahoney, Cynthia Timmons, Rebecca Kuang, and the directors of VBI, NSD, and UNT, as well as information about Annie Kors' exciting new tournament safety initiative.Read More
Apple Valley High School (MN) is seeking an experienced coach to lead the program as a Director of Forensics or Director of Debate. Each brings with it unique administrative and coaching responsibilities. Expertise in debate and /or speech along with the willingness and ability to facilitate the debate program is desired. Apple Valley is an established Speech and Debate program with a supportive administration and strong parent support. Teaching positions in core disciplines are available for applicants.
Stephen Hawking recently declared the death of philosophy. Is he right? Has science rendered philosophy obsolete? Should we be looking to science to answer the biggest questions, or are there areas of understanding that science cannot reach that philosophy can? What about epistemology and the role of philosophy of science to the progress of knowledge?Read More
Congratulations to Loyola's Chris Kymn for winning the 2014 University of Southern California tournament! In finals, Chris defeated PV Peninsula's James Zhang. USC is a semifinals bid to the Tournament of Champions. An additional congrats are in order to Shelby Heitner, Nick Steele, and James Zhang for finishing their qualifications to the TOC!Read More
The Valley High School Debate Team is seeking nominations for the 2014 Sophomore Throw-Down.
The Sophomore Throw-Down is a round robin showcasing the talents of 18 of the best 10th grade L-D debaters in the country. The Throw-Down takes place on the Friday before the Valley Mid-America Cup. This year’s Throw-Down date is Friday, September 26, 2014. Throw-Down participants must also enter and compete in the Mid-America Cup.Read More
Neil Conrad is a law clerk for a federal judge, and recently graduated from the University of Chicago Law School with a J.D. He graduated from Tulane University in 2008 with a B.A. in Political Science, Economics, and International Development. In high school, he debated for the Texas Military Institute, where he won, among other things, the Greenhill Round Robin. He is an assistant coach for the Greenhill School, and has coached multiple TOC qualifiers and tournament champions. He attended VBI in the summers of 2002 and 2003 as a student, and returned as an instructor every year between 2004 and 2010.Read More
We find ourselves in a unique position to speak to some issues surrounding pre-fiat positions that involve race and privilege. This weekend, one of our students running a pre-fiat position lost in an upsetting and challenging way; another of our students lost to a pre-fiat position in an upsetting and challenging way. We are working hard to reconcile and understand these two experiences, and we felt, in light of recent discussions about performance/project/pre-fiat positions, that others might find some of our thoughts interesting to read and remark upon.
We will identify what troubles us about some of the current discussion re:pre-fiat positions, and then share some thoughts of our own that we believe might move the current discussion, and maybe our community, forward.Read More
Perhaps more than most, the January/February resolution has a great deal of argument cross-over with policy debate. Discussions of economic disintegration in developing countries, population ethics, and environmental security concerns proliferate typical policy rounds and this particular LD topic. Above all, there is a consistent trend in both policy and utilitarianism affs to race to the queen impact of environment debates: global warming. Climate change is one of the most often debated impacts in policy debate. Subsequently, there exists a plethora of already tested warming strategies that have yet to reveal themselves on the development topic.
The Hockaday School in Dallas, TX is seeking to employ a full-time Director of Debate and Forensic Activites. The following is a message from Cathy Murphree, the Assistant Head for Academic Affairs and Provost at The Hockaday School.Read More
An increasingly popular trend in debate has been the 1AC blitzing of short theory spikes. Strategically speaking, it’s not hard to see why; when dropped these arguments are devastating and potentially round winning. And due to both their brevity and quantity, neg. debaters, more often than not, do end up dropping these arguments. This article will point out generic theoretical spikes most 1ACs employ nowadays and provide answers to each of them.Read More
To us, it is [the] death of the creative, reflective self that is the worst death of all. It marks the beginning of the end of the quintessential human essence, that very thing that creates a distinction between us and all other things. It is precisely this reason why we (Matthew and Jacob) debate/coach the way we do. Debate presents a phenomenal opportunity for each of us, whether judging or competing, to participate in an educational exercise that can prove to be either negative or positive. We believe that the utilization of pre-fiat arguments, more specifically the “Role of the Ballot”, falls into the latter.Read More
Catherine Tarsney is a senior at the University of Chicago, where she is majoring in Public Policy. She is currently a seasonal associate at 270 Strategies, and has worked as a Neighborhood Team Leader and Fall Fellow for Obama for America. She graduated from St. Louis Park HIgh School in 2010, where she qualified four times to the TOC, won it as a senior, and was the champion of multiple national circuit tournament. She is currently an assistant coach at the Hockaday School in Texas. She attended VBI as a student before her sophomore, junior, and senior years, and has taught at VBI as an instructor every summer since then.Read More
Congratulations to Harker's Pravav Reddy and Northland Christian's Shania Hunt for becoming the co-champions of the 2014 Cal Round Robin! Pravav is coached by Greg Achten, Ryan Fink, and Nikhil Nag. Shania is coached by Kevin Roberts, Paul Gravely, Courtney Nunley, Robbie Dillard, Pat Donovan, and Daniel Lumpee.Read More