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.
Here is the event schedule for the alumni gathering taking place on the weekend of April 22-23 in Athens, Georgia.
April 22, Friday
6-10pm - Informal debate meet-and-greet Creature Comforts Brewery, 271 W HANCOCK AVE
April 23, Saturday
2:00-3:30pm Debate at UGA Law School
Topic: The United States should significantly reduce its military presence in the Republic of Korea.
Participants: Swapnil Agrawal/Victoria Yonter vs Cameron Henderson/Katie Marshall
Judges: Shunta Jordan (Director of Debate @ Pace Academy), Shawn Powers (Prof of Communication @ Georgia State), Brent Culpepper (Associate @ Milbank)
6 minute constructives, 2 minute cross examination, 4 minute rebuttals, 5 minute preparation time for each team
Location: Dean Rusk Hall, Room 120
3:30- 4:30pm - Afternoon snacks, Dean Rusk Hall, Larry Walker Room
4:30-5:30pm – Alumni fundraising round-table Caldwell Hall, Room 606
6-9pm - alumni reception and banquet at the Georgia Center, Magnolia Ballroom
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!
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 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:
On April 22, the Georgia Debate Union hosted its second annual Richard B. Russell Scholars debate featuring the four recipients of the debate team's most prestigeous debate scholarship.
This year's debate focused on whether the president's war powers authority to use targeted killing against terrorists should be restricted.
The team of Amy Feinberg and Eilidh Geddes had a wondefully successful tournament at the recent Lafayette Debates held at George Washington University and sponsored by the French Embassy. The team defeated teams from Georgetown, Ecole de Guerre, and the University of Houston (featuring a former NDT champion) in the preliminary rounds and defeated the U.S. Military Academy in the octofinal round.
Watch our current recipients of the Richard B. Russell scholarship battle it out over whether the United States should allow for oil and gas drilling in the outer continental shelf! http://www.
UGA graduate assistant coaches Rob Mulholand and John Turner recently squared off in a public debate about nuclear weapons policy.
Further information is available here:
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.