Josh Gonzalez and I just got back from a fantastic week at the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance summer workshop. It was fantastic! The students were amazing (many future Coogs, I hope)!
The workshop and the enthusiasm of the students and staff were a great reminder of the value of debate and why it is so valuable! Here’s a video we put together about the camp!
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And here’s a link to another video about our lab rivalries!
“Selecting an official question is not all beer and skittles. It means a lot of work and requires a lot of machinery.” – The Forensic, 1938
The 2013-2014 High School National Forensics League topic has been out for some time, but we’re beginning to think and work on the topic – We’ll be posting resources, links, and the like on this blog as well as cross-posting from our GSQ lab blog at the UNT Mean Green workshop.
Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic engagement toward Cuba, Mexico, or Venezuela.
To kick it off, here’s a very cool word cloud that depicts US-Attitudes towards Mexico that is associated with a study from last year on the topic from the National Journal.
Perhaps debating this topic can change change these associations for the high school students who will be researching and discussing these questions in depth!
Next year’s debate topic area was voted on and announced today! We’ll be debating the implications of Presidential War Powers.
The topic is important, timely and should be very interesting. I’ll be posting here about the topic (among other things) so stay tuned.