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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.

 

04/11/2016 4:11 PM by Hays Watson

Here is the event schedule for the alumni gathering taking place on the weekend of April 22-23 in Athens, Georgia.

April 22
6-10pm - Informal debate meet-and-greet 
Creature Comforts Brewery, 271 W HANCOCK AVE 
 
April 23 
2:00-3:30pm Debate at UGA Law School
Resolved: The United States should significantly reduce its military presence in the Republic of Korea.
Swapnil Agrawal/Victoria Yonter vs Cameron Henderson/Katie Marshall
Judges TBD
6 minute constructives, 2 minute cross examination, 4 minute rebuttals, 5 minute preparation time for each team
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 
 

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 

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!

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.

10/09/2014 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!

04/27/2014 09:31 AM by Hays Watson

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. 

04/14/2014 6:54 PM by Hays Watson

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.  

04/09/2014 08:08 AM by Hays Watson

The University of Georgia is about to head to Washington D.C. to participate in the Lafayette Debates hosted by George Washington University.  Two UGA debaters - Amy Feinberg and Eilidh Geddes - will be representing the team this weekend at the tournament.  

02/05/2014 12:20 PM by Hays Watson

The University of Georgia is excited to announce its participation in the Lafayeete Debates, sponsored by the Higher Education Department of the French Embassy in partnership with the George Washington University. 

11/19/2013 9:22 PM by Hays Watson

Mission Statement:

The University of Georgia Debate team is committed to facilitating a positive policy debate experience for students in an inclusive environment.

05/01/2013 2:38 PM by Hays Watson

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.

04/09/2013 5:19 PM by

The Georgia Debate Union and the Richard B. Russell Library have teamed up to provide an exciting public debate...

02/19/2013 6:39 PM by

After a strong first semester, UGA debate heads into the home stretch on top of the Southeast. Click on the link to see our official newsletter. 

02/16/2013 11:18 PM by

Come witness The Great Debate on February 21, 2013 in Demosthenian Hall at 5 pm...

10/03/2012 11:37 AM by Ed Panetta

Ed Panetta will be providing real time Twitter commentary to CNN HLN for the first presidential debate.   http://www.

09/21/2012 4:00 PM by Ed Panetta

                On October 13th, the University of Georgia Debate Union will host the Southern regional championship of the Great Communicator Debate Series.   This is a national competition sponsored by the Ronald Reagan Foundation.

01/25/2011 12:23 PM by

Junior Mike Lacy and Sophomore Austin Layton debate the need for increased skilled worker migration to the United States in the 21st century.

03/01/2010 12:19 AM by

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:

http://www.redandblack.com/2010/02/23/group-debates-nuclear-issues/

02/15/2010 2:22 PM by Ed Panetta

Two links to Red and Black stories about the upcomming UGA v PETA Debate. http://www.

11/18/2009 09:18 AM by Ed Panetta

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.