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09/27/2016 11:59 AM by Hays Watson

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! 

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.

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...

02/22/2011 11:19 AM by

Now that you’ve decided that the politics disad should be in every negative block, where should it go? Some people would say that politics should always be in the 2NC. Some would say that it should always be in the 1NR. When making your decision, consider the following:

02/06/2011 10:23 PM by

Writing and defending the affirmative plan can be a tricky enterprise, but it is just as important as choosing a good affirmative. There are some effective ways of disrupting key negative counterplan options though...

12/18/2010 6:03 PM by

The decision about whether or not to debate in college can be tough. But the benefits of college debate are simply too valuable to pass up!  Education College debate is educational for all of the same reasons that high school debate is: public speaking, research, critical thinking, etc.

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.

11/28/2010 6:08 PM by

To steal a phrase from one of the nation’s best judges, far too many teams approach to debating on the Aff with only “one note”. Cases typically fall into one of a few categories ...

11/21/2010 1:37 PM by

The affirmative gets infinite prep, first and last speech, and gets to choose the topic. So why does the aff ever lose?! Often, the aff loses debates because they have a poorly-built 1AC.

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...

08/12/2010 10:41 AM by

Add "certainty key" to the list of requirements when selecting your Affirmative case.

In this article, written for an upcoming edition of The Last Word published by The 3NR, I lay out the case for the importance of considering "certainty key" arguments and provide suggestions for how to go about writing them.

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...

11/19/2009 1:39 PM by

The discussion about judge choice has been pretty interesting. To consolidate and improve the dicussion, I've created a new thread with a summary of my main responses to critics. Full read within.

Also - the picture I've chosen for this post has nothing to do with its content -- I just think its pretty sweet.

11/18/2009 08:00 AM by

The introduction of paperless debating risks upsetting the current structure of reciprocal norm compliance as it creates new incentives for both paperless and paper teams to take actions that are in their favor at the detriment of their competitors.

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”?

11/07/2009 3:59 PM by

This post is John Turner's response to Harrigan's theory of "judge-choice", presented in this post at Georgia Debate and discussed further by Bill Batterman at the 3NR.