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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the camp.