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10/19/2016 09:09 AM by Hays Watson

The Georgia Debate Union earned first and third place at the Samford University debate tournament, which was held in Birmingham, Alabama October 14-16.

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: 

http://politics.blog.ajc.com/2016/09/27/uga-debate-guru-donald-trump-faltered-hillary-clinton-didnt/

Great analysis from a great political communication scholar and debate coach! Go Dawgs! 

09/13/2016 10:05 AM by Hays Watson

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:

http://news.uga.edu/releases/article/uga-18th-us-news-world-report-ranking/

Go Dawgs! 

07/03/2016 06:52 AM by Hays Watson

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! 

http://www.redandblack.com/uganews/georgia-debate-union-takes-fifth-place-in-national-debate-competition/article_2e35da36-3dfc-11e6-a2ce-03fbf6964fd3.html

04/22/2016 09:36 AM by Hays Watson

 

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.

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.

 

04/08/2016 3:21 PM by Hays Watson

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!

02/29/2016 08:16 AM by Hays Watson

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.  

01/27/2016 09:39 AM by Hays Watson

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!

12/17/2015 3:05 PM by Hays Watson

UGA continues to rank as one of the nation's top values in higher education, according to Kiplinger, which placed UGA 12th on its Personal Finance list of 100 best values among public colleges and universities for 2016.

12/07/2015 4:01 PM by Hays Watson

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.

10/19/2015 3:21 PM by Hays Watson

The Georgia Debate Union emerged victorious at the 2015 Vanderbilt intercollegiate debate tournament, which was recently held from October 16-18 in Nashville, Tennessee.  The tournament featured over 50 teams from nearly 20 colleges and universities.

05/05/2015 10:59 AM by Hays Watson

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.

Go Dawgs!

05/01/2015 06:59 AM by Hays Watson

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 georgiadebateinstitutes@gmail.com if you have any questions about the camp.  

02/20/2015 07:43 AM by Hays Watson

The new flier for the 2015 Georgia Debate Institutes is now available! 

It features pricing, dates, and faculty information - we hope you can join us this summer!

01/23/2015 08:19 AM by Hays Watson

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. 

11/13/2014 4:42 PM by Hays Watson

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.

10/09/2014 3:12 PM by Hays Watson

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: 

http://onlineathens.com/breaking-news/2014-10-08/uga-tops-oxford-union-debate-now-leads-series-3-2#newComments

Go Dawgs!

07/09/2014 1:10 PM by Hays Watson

UGA was recently ranked in the top 20 public universities by US News and World Reports. In its annual rankings, UGA joins UC-Berkeley, University of Michigan, University of Texas, and University of Florida in the top 20.  

The full rankings can be found here: http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/rankings/national-universities/top-public

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.

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!