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
UGA students, friends, and faculty, please join us at the Richard B. Russell Special Collections library for our annual Russell Scholars public debate! The debate will feature recipients of the Russell debate scholarship and will revolve around whether the US should reduce its military presence in Northeast Asia. We hope to see you in a couple of weeks!
The Georgia Debate Union qualified two teams to the 2016 National Debate Tournament, which will be held in Binghamton, NY.
The teams of Advait Ramanan and Swapnil Agrawal and Tucker Boyce and Nathan Rice finished first and second at the Southeast CEDA District tournament, which qualified both to the NDT.
Hosted by the Department of Communication Studies and the Georgia Debate Union
Join us this spring for a Comm Studies reunion for graduate program and debate alumni! On Saturday, April 23rd, the event will kick off with an afternoon of activities, including an historic walking tour of the campus, golf tee times, and the presentation of academic research for alumni interested in sharing their work with friends and colleagues (details are forthcoming). Daytime activities will be followed by a reception with appetizers and an alumni banquet in the evening. A cash bar with be available. Please note: This event is for alumni of the Comm Studies/Speech Communication Graduate Program or the Debate Union. We hope to plan a wider event for undergraduate alumni soon!
On December 3, the Georgia Debate Union debated representatives from Freedom University (Georgia) over whether immigration status should be used as a criteria for college admissions decisions.
The event was a huge success - over 100 students and faculty attended the event in the Miller Learning Center and a wonderfully informative debate took place. Freedom University argued that immigration status should NOT be used, while the Georgia Debate Union defended such criteria.
It was the first of hopefully many collaborative efforts.
The Georgia Debate Union would like to extend a huge farewell and thank you to our graduating seniors. Amy Feinberg, Cara Venezia, Maggie Davis, and Rayan Momenah have all contributed in various, important ways to the Georgia debate team and UGA at large and we are excited to see each of you succeed in your future endeavors.
The Georgia Debate Union would also like to extend a special shout-out and thank you to Shyam Shanker - an amazing representative of UGA, a talented researcher, and a strategic debate mind. We know you'll excel as you start law lchool at NYU in the fall.
The University of Georgia Debate Union recently placed 2nd in the Crowe-Warken intercollegiate debate tournament, held annually at the United States Naval Academy. The Crowe-Warken debates featured 100 individual debate teams from across the East Coast and Midwest, including teams from Boston College, Northwestern University, Georgetown University, Vanderbilt University, the University of Florida, the University of Minnesota, and both the US Military Academy and the US Naval Academy.
The team of Amy Feinberg (senior, Canton, GA) and Tucker Boyce (sophomore, Alpharetta, GA) earned the top seed after preliminary rounds at the tournament.
The team of Amy Feinberg (Canton, GA; public relations and international affairs) and Tucker Boyce (Alpharetta, GA; economics) recently won the Liberty University debate tournament in Lynchburg, Virginia.
They defeated teams from Florida, West Georgia, Wake Forest, and Georgetown on their way to the championship.
The Georgia Debate Union earned a highly-contested victory in our recent public debate versus the Oxford's Union Society. Featuring debaters Chetan Hebbale and Eilidh Geddes and assistant coach Logan Gramzinski, the Georgia Debate Union defended the national security benefits of U.S. drone strikes.
Additional coverage of the event - and of our history debating Oxford - can be found in coverage from the Athens Banner Herald: