The Georgia Debate Union won the American Debate Associaiton national championship tournament, held at UGA, this past weekend.
More information about the team's historic accomplishment can be found here:
Congratulations to Georgia HH - Alyssa Hoover and Tripp Haskins - for securing a bid as the third UGA team to qualify for the 2019 National Debate Tournament!
Seniors Swapnil Agrawal and Advait Ramanan won the Herbert James Debates at Dartmouth College.
You can read more about their accomplishment here:
UGA's Franklin College of Arts and Sciences has produced a great story about the Georgia Debate Union's successful fall semester and the team's ultimate goals for the spring!
UGA's Franklin College of Arts and Sciences has recognized the success of the Georgia Debate Union in 2018 - read about it here (along with the other successes at UGA): https://www.franklin.uga.edu/news/stories/2018/year-franklin
Gotta love the great press from the local paper!
As of this week, UGA is ranked first in all three college debate organizational rankings - the American Debate Association, the Cross-Examination Debate Association, and the National Debate tournament - ahead of Harvard, Wake Forest, Emory, Michigan, Northwestern, among hundreds of other institutions.
You can read more about the debate team's fantastic start to the year here: http://franklin.uga.edu/news/stories/2018/georgia-debate-union-ranked-number-1
The University of Georgia will be debating at the 2018 Kentucky Round Robin: http://www.franklin.uga.edu/chronicles/posts/debate-team-begin-season-run-roses
The teams of Advait Ramanan/Swapnil Agrawal and Nathan Rice/Johnnie Stupek both earned first round "at large" bids to the 72nd National Debate Tournament recently held at Wichita State University.
The first round voting was recently released and both teams finished in the top 14 teams in the country. It is the first time in the history of the Georgia Debate Union that two UGA teams have earned first round bids in the same year.
For the first time in the Georgia Debate Union's history, two teams representing UGA received first-round at-large bids to the National Debate Tournament.
The Georgia Debate Union has started off 2018 with a bang, finishing in the top 10 of every tournament we've attended since the start of the New Year!
The team of Advait Ramanan and Swapnil Agrawal recently received an invitation to the prestigious Dartmouth Round Robin, which is held every January in Hanover, New Hampshire.
They are one of 7 teams invited, competing against teams from Harvard, Northwestern, Emory, Kansas, Kentucky, and UNLV.
The Georgia Debate Union has partnered with the Digital Debate Camp to expand access and opportunities for high school debaters within and beyond the state of Georgia. It services high school policy, public forum, and Lincoln-Douglas debate formats.
The Digital Debate Camp, created by Georgia Debate Union assistant coach and PhD Candidate in Communication Studies Steven Murray, is an online debate camp aimed at lowering entry barriers for students who want the benefits of debate camp but who struggle to afford the cost of attending.
More information about the Digital Debate Camp can be found here:
The Georgia Debate Union just concluded its 2016-17 season and it can be considered a huge success.
In the end of the year rankings, the Georgia Debate Union finished ranked 3rd, 7th, and 8th amongst the college policy debate organization rankings.
UGA placed third in the American Debate Association varsity rankings, 7th in the National Debate Tournament varsity rankings, and 8th in the Cross Examination Debate Association rankings.
Teams representing the Georgia Debate Union won four tournaments over the season, including victories at tournaments hosted by Samford University, Liberty University, the University of Miami, and the US Naval Academy.
Teams from the Georgia Debate Union also placed third at the American Debate Association national championship tournament and the Lafayette Debates, an annual event held at George Washington University and sponsored by the French Embassy.
The Georgia Debate Union also qualified teams for the 28th consecutive year to the National Debate Tournament. Teams representing the Georgia Debate Union reached the elimination rounds of the NDT for the third consecutive year.
In addition to the team's collective success, members of the Georgia Debate Union saw individual successes as well in the form of various speaker awards, coaching awards, and service recognition.
The future of the Georgia Debate Union is quite bright - go Dawgs!
Edward Panetta, department chair and professor of communication studies at the University of Georgia, shares his thoughts on the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump:
Great analysis from a great political communication scholar and debate coach! Go Dawgs!
The University of Georgia was recently ranked as the 18th best public university in the US News and World Report's most recent rankings. That was a 3 spot jump from the prior year.
This news comes on the heels of UGA's recent top rankings in Kiplinger's and Forbes.
More about the US News and World Report rankings can be read here:
The Georgia Debate Union was recently covered in UGA's school newspaper, the Red and Black.
2015-16 was a very successful year for Georgia Debate and it's nice to see the great coverage and PR!
The Georgia Debate Union would like to thank the debate class of 2016 for their various contributions over the past 4 years.
Whether it be winning on electricity prices and nuke malthus too often, to thumping Oxford on drone policy, to judging entirely too many HS tournament debates, to repping Georgia public high schools, to preserving the legacy of Sequoyah FW, you collectively have made a lasting impact on the Georgia Debate Union.
Good luck at Deloitte, at KIPP, at Georgetown, and whereever future adventures take you.
AJ, Anushka, Chetan, Kristin, Lloyd, Robert, Vincent, and Will - thank you!
Here is the event schedule for the alumni gathering taking place on the weekend of April 22-23 in Athens, Georgia.
April 22, Friday
6-10pm - Informal debate meet-and-greet Creature Comforts Brewery, 271 W HANCOCK AVE
April 23, Saturday
2:00-3:30pm Debate at UGA Law School
Topic: The United States should significantly reduce its military presence in the Republic of Korea.
Participants: Swapnil Agrawal/Victoria Yonter vs Cameron Henderson/Katie Marshall
Judges: Shunta Jordan (Director of Debate @ Pace Academy), Shawn Powers (Prof of Communication @ Georgia State), Brent Culpepper (Associate @ Milbank)
6 minute constructives, 2 minute cross examination, 4 minute rebuttals, 5 minute preparation time for each team
Location: Dean Rusk Hall, Room 120
3:30- 4:30pm - Afternoon snacks, Dean Rusk Hall, Larry Walker Room
4:30-5:30pm – Alumni fundraising round-table Caldwell Hall, Room 606
6-9pm - alumni reception and banquet at the Georgia Center, Magnolia Ballroom