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05/13/2018 08:16 AM by Hays Watson

The Digital Debate Camp provides instruction for Cross-examination Policy, Lincoln-Douglass, and Public Forum debate. We strategically tailor student interaction to create unique programs ideal for all expertise levels from the young novice to the seasoned veteran.

12/04/2014 07:26 AM by Hays Watson

 

Friends and Colleagues, 
The University of Georgia Debate Union is pleased to invite you to the Sixteenth Annual Bulldog Debates that will be held in Athens, Georgia, on February 27th through March 1st, 2015. We wish to make this year’s Bulldog Debates an enjoyable and educational experience. Last year, our tournament drew 100 teams from the Southeast. We are a TOC Qualifier in policy debate at the Semi-Final level. 

Friends and Colleagues, 
The University of Georgia Debate Union is pleased to invite you to the Sixteenth Annual Bulldog Debates that will be held in Athens, Georgia, on February 27th through March 1st, 2015. We wish to make this year’s Bulldog Debates an enjoyable and educational experience. Last year, our tournament drew 100 teams from the Southeast. We are a TOC Qualifier in policy debate at the Semi-Final level. 

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.

06/14/2014 11:04 AM by Hays Watson

The pre-camp evidence packet for the two-week policy debate labs at the GDI are now available.  

Go to http://gdi.paperlessdebate.com/, find the "evidence/lectures" link on the left side of the screen, and click.  

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! 

01/24/2014 1:43 PM by Hays Watson

 

The application forms for the 2014 GDI will be available shortly.  If we can provide you with any information
before the forms are posted please contact us at whwatson@gmail.com

The application forms for the 2014 GDI will be available shortly.  If we can provide you with any informationbefore the forms are posted please contact us at whwatson@gmail.com

08/23/2013 3:43 PM by Hays Watson

Friends and Colleagues,

             The University of Georgia Debate Union is pleased to invite you to the Fifteenth Annual Bulldog Debates that will be held in Athens, Georgia, on February 28ththrough March 2nd, 2014.

08/13/2013 3:52 PM by Hays Watson

On August 5, the coaches and debaters of the Georgia Debate Union formally began their preparation for the 2013-14 college debate topic, which revolves around the question of whether to restrict the president's war powers.  Composed of a small yet hard working group, the Georgia Debate Union has high expectations going into 2013-2014 and everyone - new and old, varsity and novice - is excited over the prospect of another successful year.

07/28/2013 1:02 PM by Hays Watson

Last week, the NDT/CEDA college debate topic for 2013-14 was announced.   Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially increase statutory and/or judicial restrictions on the war powers authority of the President of the United States in one or more of the following areas: targeted killing; indefinite detention; offensive cyber operations; or introducing United States Armed Forces into hostilities.

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...

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. 

03/03/2012 8:56 PM by

Pairings at 7 am, 2nd floor of the MLC. Breakfast provided.

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.

06/28/2010 11:46 AM by

The Georgia Debate Union has produced a letter for high schools to use while recruiting students to their debate teams.

It emphasizes the benefits of debate, including for college admissions, research skills, travel, and fun.

Please feel free to download and use this whenever necessary.

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.

10/25/2009 3:12 PM by

The short answer to this question is: absolutely! There are many, many things that people can get from debating, especially at the novice level. I focus on two benefits of debate that should convince anyone that if they haven’t tried debate, they should.