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Hester and Odekirk Discuss Debate History and the Topic Process

Posted in Critical Issues in Debate, Podcasts with tags , , , , on June 8, 2012 by Scott Odekirk

Dr. Michael Hester, Dean of the Honors College and Director of Debate at the University of West Georgia, returns to react to the 2012 Energy Topic Meetings with Critical Issues in Debate host Scott Odekirk. Hester participated very closely in this year’s Topic Committee Meeting, making the crucial “cake analogy” that would move the process along on day 2. This conversation includes who Hester thought the ‘gold standard’ of debate was when he first started competing, the history of energy topics, a proposal to improve the topic process, and Hester’s preferences on the 2012 Topic Wording Ballot.

Listen to the podcast by using the audio player below or download by clicking this link: hester topic 2012

The following is the 2012 Topic Wording Ballot:

1.   Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially reduce restrictions on, and/or substantially increase financial incentives for, energy production in the United States of one or more of the following: coal, crude oil, natural gas, nuclear power.

2.   Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially reduce restrictions on, and/or substantially increase financial incentives for, energy production in the United States of one or more of the following: coal, crude oil, natural gas, nuclear power, solar power, wind power.

3.   Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially reduce restrictions on, and/or substantially increase grants, direct loans, loan guarantees, and/or tax incentives for, energy production in the United States of one or more of the following: coal, crude oil, natural gas, nuclear power.

4.   Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially reduce restrictions on, and/or substantially increase grants, direct loans, loan guarantees, and/or tax incentives for, energy production in the United States of one or more of the following: coal, crude oil, natural gas, nuclear power, solar power, wind power.

5.   Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially increase energy production in the United States via one or more of the following: a substantial reduction of statutory and/or regulatory restrictions on the production of crude oil, natural gas, and/or nuclear power; a substantial increase in grants, direct loans, loan guarantees, and/or tax incentives for electric power generation from coal, natural gas, nuclear power and/or renewable energy sources.

6.   Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially increase energy production in the United States via one or more of the following: a substantial reduction of statutory and/or regulatory restrictions on the production of crude oil, natural gas, and/or nuclear power; a substantial increase in financial incentives for electric power generation from coal, natural gas, nuclear power, and/or renewable energy sources.

Podcast: Dr Hester’s Relfection on the 2012 College Debate Season

Posted in 2011-2012 College Democracy Topic, College, Critical Issues in Debate, elimination round, Know Your History, Podcasts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2012 by Scott Odekirk

In our triumphant return to podcasting, Critical Issues in Debate welcomes back a long time contributor, Dr. Michael Hester. Dr Hester is the Director of West Georgia Debate and also a dean in the Honors College at West Georgia. Dr Hester is also a member of the Edebate Allstars. This conversation covers the 2012 NDT, the DSRB interview, the Loyolla v Georgetown semifinal round, preparing during the off-season, and more. Thanks Dr Hester for giving the website more great insights!

you can also download the postcast by clicking this link: hester 2012 reflection

This podcast is also available on itunes, just search “puttingthekindebate”

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

Critical Issues in Debate: A Conversation with Dr. Michael Hester

Posted in Critical Issues in Debate, Podcasts, topic with tags , , , on April 15, 2011 by Scott Odekirk

Mike Hester is the director of the University of West Georgia debate team and is one of the most successful coaches in the country. Our conversation covers the 2011-2012 High School Policy Debate Topic, our upcoming lab we will be leading this summer at the GDI, the outrounds at the 2011 NDT, Hester’s pro debate rounds as a member of the Edebate AllStars, and the beauty of the activity.

download for portable media devices with this link dr mike hester and scott odekirk on ciid 4-15-2011

you can see the NDT semi final round that we discuss here

you can check out the NDT final round we discuss here 

you can see Hester using conspiracy theory in a pro debate here

you can register for the Hester/Odekirk lab here make sure to indicate in your lab request that you heard about the lab on this podcast

Pro Debate: “Debate Realness with a Twist” vs Edebate Allstars

Posted in Beating K Affs, Ks on the Aff, UDLs, Video with tags , , , , on March 2, 2011 by Scott Odekirk

Here is a fantastic round between “Debate Realness with a Twist” (Rashad Evans and Deven Cooper) on the aff and the Edebate Allstars (Mike Hester and Jsharp) on the neg. This round is probably the closest that the Allstars had but they still won the debate on a 2-0. This is definitely a must-see round. Thanks to all the participants and the Bay Area UDL for putting on the tournament.

Pro Debate: Iola and Zehring vs Hester and Jsharp

Posted in Beating K Affs, Ks on the Aff, UDLs, Video with tags , , , , on March 1, 2011 by Scott Odekirk

Here the Allstars go neg against a Sam Iola and Jake Zehring (aka JZ according to Jim Schultz), seen here as “don’tthinkwecare,” on the nuclear weapons topic. Here is a great example of how to beat “out-there” K affs without evidence. If that idea is blowing you mind, you definitely have to watch this! The Allstars also won this debate on a 2-0.

A Must See Pro Round: Hester and Jsharp vs Oklahoma CJ

Posted in Ks on the Aff, UDLs, Video with tags , , , , on February 28, 2011 by Scott Odekirk

This comes from the professional debate tournament put on by the Bay Area Urban Debate League last year between CEDA and the NDT. Special thanks go to BAUDL and all the participants (Conor Cleary, Blake Johnson, Mike Hester, and JSharp). This was a great event and the rounds of the “Edebate Allstars” are some of the most watchable debates I have ever caught on film. The Edebate Allstars would win this debate on a 2-0. Love this conspiracy aff!