Archive for June, 2011

Critical Issues in Debate: Dr. Hester on the Democracy Assistance topic

Posted in 2011-2012 College Democracy Topic, College, Critical Issues in Debate, Podcasts with tags on June 29, 2011 by Scott Odekirk

In this podcast Dr. Michael Hester, and friend and frequent contributor to the podcast series talk about various aspects of the upcoming Democracy Assistance Topic.

Dr. Michael Hester is the Associate Dean of the Honors College at the University of West Georgia and has been the director of UWG Debate for 16 years. During his tenure, UWG Debate has won CEDA National championships twice (as well as reaching the finals and semifinals in other years), reached the semifinals, quarterfinals (3 times), and octafinals (4 times) of the NDT, and received 1st Round At-Large Bids to the NDT nine times. He coached the first African-American male to win a national championship, the first all-female team to win a national championship, the first team to win a national championship running a K, as well as the first teams to introduce arguments about gendered language into debate. He has worked at more than two dozen summer debate camps since 1989, including serving on the faculty of debate institutes at Arizona State, Bates, Berkeley, Emory, Gonzaga, and Michigan, as well as lecturing to the University of Kentucky Fellows.

 

Also look for the podcast on iTunes. You can download the podcast by clicking this link: hester on democracy assistance

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Critical Issues in Debate: Democracy Assistance Topic Roundup Part 2

Posted in 2011-2012 College Democracy Topic, College, Critical Issues in Debate, Podcasts with tags , , , on June 28, 2011 by Scott Odekirk

In this podcast we continue our discussion of the upcoming college topic wording vote. Ballots are due by July 13!

Follow this link to view the resolutions on the ballot and download Stables’ country chart (it helps).

Coaches on this edition include:

Andrea Reed is currently heading into her second year as the director of the University of Kentucky debate team. She has now attended 4 topic meetings through her years as a coach and has a lot of great thoughts on this year’s college topic. She also talks briefly about the high school space topic. This is her second appearance on Critical Issues in Debate.

Gabe Murillo was a very successful debater at Wayne State and has coached the University of Oklahoma to recent and well-known success. Gabe is making his second appearance on the podcast and has some interesting ideas about how topics like this could be crafted in the future.

Sarah PartlowLefevre is the director of the highly successful debate team at Idaho State University. She has won a number of college coaching awards including the coach of the year award given at the NDT. She is also currently serving as the Cross Examination Debate Association’s First Vice President which makes her highly involved in the topic process. This is her first appearance on the podcast.

 

You can listen to the podcast here, download it on iTunes, or download it here by clicking this link: Democracy Assistance Topic Roundup Part 2

Like our content? Check out MyGDI.net for Content on the High School Space Topic

Posted in camp, Podcasts with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 26, 2011 by Scott Odekirk

I am hosting another debate site for the Gonzaga Debate Institute this summer, MyGDI.net, that should have some great content on it. Tonight I posted a podcast that featured deb(k)ate author Izak Dunn. Those of you interested in running Ks on the High School Space Topic should probably check it out.

Podcast: Izak Dunn (USS Reliant) on the GDI 

 

Critical Issues in Debate: Democracy Assistance Topic Roundup

Posted in 2011-2012 College Democracy Topic, College, Critical Issues in Debate, Podcasts with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 26, 2011 by Scott Odekirk

Follow this link to view the resolutions on the ballot and download Stables’ country chart (it helps).

We are back for another roundup on this year’s slate of resolution choices. This is part one of a series dedicated to the upcoming vote for this year’s wording and what debaters have to expect from the democracy assistance debate.

This part features some great debate coaches:

Carly Wunderlich was one of the best 2As of her generation and in her senior year at Michigan State she won the NDT on a unanimous decision in the final round. While coaching last year at Gonzaga she helped the team of Moculski and Kannelopolous to a first round bid to the NDT. She is returning to coach at Michigan State this fall.

Chris Crowe is one of the most widely preferred judges in the country and is currently a coach for the University of Texas at San Antonio debate team. He is making he second appearance on the podcast while he works at the Dartmouth Debate Institute.

Sarah Spring coaches at the University of Iowa and is getting her PHD in Iowa’s world renowned communications department. Sarah is a very popular judge and all around great member of the community. She is making her second appearance on Critical Issues in Debate. Look for Sarah’s work in an upcoming issue in the communications journal Argumentation and Debate.

Jonah Feldman was a highly succesful debater at the University of Michigan and is going into his second year as the director of one of debate’s most storied programs, Cal Berkeley. This past year he coached one of the most successful partnerships in the country and judged a bunch of debates.

You can also download Critical Issues in Debate on iTunes or dowload it here by clicking this link: Democracy Assistance Topic Roundup Part 1

Critical Issues in Debate: Dr Kuswa on the Democracy Assistance Topic Meetings

Posted in Beating K Affs, tactics on June 20, 2011 by Scott Odekirk

Dr Kuswa was Putting the K in Debate’s person on the ground at this summer’s topic meetings on the upcoming democracy assistance topic. This conversation deals with how the topic committee came to define democracy assistance, kritik possibilities and preparation for the year’s upcoming topic, what makes the wording ballot choices different from one another, and the process that “K teams” go through to find an aff at the beginning of the year.

Critical Issues in Debate is now on iTunes. You can also download the podcast by clicking this link: Dr Kuswa on the Democracy Assistance Topic

View the entire slate of potential topics and a great visual representation of the choices made by Gordon Stables follow this link

Mini Black Holes–Space Exploration Update

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on June 19, 2011 by kevin kuswa

Hi all,

Good luck on all the space research. Keep in mind, it will come to you if you do not go to it. A good friend passed on this link from National Geographic the other day. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/05/110526-mini-black-holes-pass-through-earth-lhc-space-science/ Looks like tiny black holes are all around us! Stay tuned for further information. Kevin

CEDA Semis: Kansas State MZ v Liberty FH

Posted in College, elimination round, Video with tags , , on June 16, 2011 by Scott Odekirk

These were two of my favorite teams last year! I really enjoyed seeing how much work Liberty put in all year at getting better and was overjoyed to see them do so well at the end of the season. Thanks to all the participants (Beth Mendenhall, Derek Ziegler, Eddie Fitzgerald, and Benjamin Hagwood). K State would go on to win this debate and the rest of the tournament.

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