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06/14/2014 3:36 PM by Hays Watson

The official start to the 2014 Georgia Debate Institutes begins tomorrow afternoon as kids from around Georgia and around the country - from New Mexico to Maryland, from Illinois to Florida - come to Athens to register for the 2 week policy camp.

05/19/2014 10:31 AM by Hays Watson

Here's a great article about the powerful educational benefits of debate from a fellow debater and debate coach! 

11/19/2013 9:22 PM by Hays Watson

Mission Statement:

The University of Georgia Debate team is committed to facilitating a positive policy debate experience for students in an inclusive environment.

10/17/2013 5:28 PM by Hays Watson

Initial details regarding the 2014 Georgia Debate Institute are now available.  The included flier has the GDI's confirmed faculty, dates, pricing, and features! 

04/16/2013 4:43 PM by

Worried that attending the Georgia Debate Institute conflicts with attending NFL nationals? We are willing to work with you...

04/09/2013 5:19 PM by

The Georgia Debate Union and the Richard B. Russell Library have teamed up to provide an exciting public debate...

10/09/2012 1:17 PM by

Come join us in Athens for the 15th Annual Bulldog Debates. We are offering two divisions of policy debate and are excited to offer public forum debate for the first time ever this year. 

09/21/2012 4:00 PM by Ed Panetta

                On October 13th, the University of Georgia Debate Union will host the Southern regional championship of the Great Communicator Debate Series.   This is a national competition sponsored by the Ronald Reagan Foundation.

09/12/2011 4:51 PM by

Defining  the term "Democracy Assistance" is difficult as there are a number of conflicting definitions available. Richard Lappin was kind enough to provide some illumination on his definition of the term in an email exchange...

12/14/2010 7:40 PM by

by Mike Lacy

If you haven’t already heard, debater flexibility is the wave of the future for debating on the neg.  By debater flex I mean the ability to go for an array of diverse categories of arguments – disads, counterplans, kritiks, topicality, impact turns, link turning the case, etc.  It’s a term I stole from Jarrod Atchison who talked about the importance of debater flex in his ballot from the final round of the 2008 NDT.

11/10/2010 12:11 AM by

Effective immediately, UGA will offer to provide our set of electronic backfiles to any new or emerging college program that requests it and genuinely cites a lack of evidence as a barrier to participation.

11/05/2010 12:00 AM by

Information sharing is on the upswing. The transition from squad caselists to a shared community wiki is virtually complete, and open source practices are knocking at the door. Is this the death of hard work as we know it? Just the opposite.

11/03/2010 1:55 PM by

Casey Harrigan, head coach of the Georgia Debate Union, recently recorded a podcast with Bob Jordan of covering recent controversy in Public Forum debate in high school over the merits of switch side debating. Check it out here.

11/01/2010 1:56 PM by

Paperless debate need not be derided simply as a time-wasting exercise from the perspective of the judge. Rather there are at least three benefits that paperless debate represents for the critic...

01/27/2010 9:33 PM by

Since West Georgia I have been considering a theoretical issue that confronted me as a result of something that happened in the quarters debate. What is the status of an argument that is neither explicitly contested nor explicitly conceded? I would appreciate others thoughts and comments.

12/04/2009 9:01 PM by

Are you a debate theory junkie? The theory of intrinsicness is rightfully making a comeback. If you are interested in defending your 2AC intrinsicness arguments or how judges make decisions read on...

11/18/2009 09:18 AM by Ed Panetta

Oscar Handlin proffered this challenge over a half a century ago:  Our troubled planet can no longer afford the luxury of pursuits confined to an ivory tower.  Scholarship has to prove its worth, not on its own terms, but by service to the nation and the world.  As we experience what some have labeled the third academic revolution in American higher education, universities look to meet the increasing demands of political relevance and accountability (Bergstrom and Bullis, 1999, p. 25).   Current domestic public policy concerns include: an inferior educational experience for children in kindergarten through twelfth grade, a degraded environment, rural and urban poverty, inadequate health care, and a compromised Social Security System.

The intercollegiate debate program is an ideal vehicle to provide an engaged form of scholarship.  Service learning is an educational experience that affords students the opportunity to apply what is learned in formal academic environments in community settings. 

11/11/2009 12:53 AM by

In debates that take place between policy teams and project teams, one central sticking point tends to be over the merits of switch side debate in our activity. How do the goals of Project debating interact with the ideals and practices of what is commonly known as “switch side debate”?

11/10/2009 9:35 PM by

You might think that novice debate is about basic argumentation, the structure of the debate, and basic rules of the game.  While all those things are important, you will never believe the things that require explanation...

10/30/2009 11:01 AM by Ed Panetta

Susan Herbst, chief academic officer for the University System of Georgia, recently wrote an Inside Higher Ed piece and made a strong argument for incorporating the principles of policy debate into a curriculum dedicated to improving the critical thinking skills of students. 

While there are other approaches that have incorporated argumentation into the curriculum, those efforts can be further improved by teaching the principles of debate to students.  Students who are exposed to debate, learn to identify components of a rational argument, methods of assessing evidence credibility, the importance of identifying both sides of a contested issue, and the capacity to listen critically to claims made on both sides of an issue.