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.
Our annual high school tournament, the Bulldog Debates, will be held in Athens, GA from March 9-11.
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.
Teams from the Georgia Debate Union have started the 2017-18 season on a very strong note, with teams earning top 10 finishes at each of the first three tournaments, including a victory at the Vanderbilt tournament.
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:
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 president of the Georgia Debate Union, junior Tucker Boyce from Alpharetta, recently won a study tour to France thanks to his outstanding performance at the 2016 Lafayette Debates at George Washington University, held on April 16-17 in the nation's capital. The debate tournament and the study trip are sponsored by the French Embassy.
Tucker was recognized as one of the tournament's top individual speakers, along with individuals from Stanford University, George Washington University, the United States Naval Academy, and Ecole de Guerre, the French military academy.
Tucker and his partner, Victoria Yonter from Springfield, Missouri, earned victories over Penn State University and Ecole de Guerre in the preliminary rounds of the tournament. This is the third consecutive year teams from the University of Georgia have competed at the Lafayette Debates. This year's topic revolved around whether democracies should increase domestic surveillance in light of rising terrorist threats.
30 universities competed at this year's tournament, including Stanford, the US Military Academy, the US Naval Academy, and Cornell University. More information about this year's event can be found here: http://lafayettedebates.net/debates.php.
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 early application discount for the 2015 Georgia Debate Institutes has been extended until May 15.
Pay your deposit ($250 for public forum, $500 for policy) by May 15 and enjoy a $100 discount of the tuition price of the camp!
We hope to see many of you in beautiful Athens, Georgia this summer. Email email@example.com if you have any questions about the camp.