THE DEBATE UNION

The Debate Union is 5-C program, open to any interested undergraduate
One of the largest and most successful college debate programs in the world
No prior debate or speech experience is required; About half the members of the Debate Union have had no previous experience

USE THE BELOW LINK FOR ALL FALL 2020 CCDU MEETINGS FOR NEW AND RETURNING STUDENTS, INCLUDING ORIENTATIONS, INTRODUCTIONS TO FORMATS, ARGUMENTATION AND RESEARCH WORKSHOPS, CERTIFICATION SESSIONS, AND DEBATE PRACTICES

Topic: CCDU Meetings
Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89286017753?pwd=VCtFa3JReS8wSlJUczRUaTg4SnBNUT09
Meeting ID: 892 8601 7753
Passcode: 7A1zGV

To Receive Info or Join – Request to be Added to the CCDU Mailing List – Email John Meany

John Meany, Director of Forensics, john.meany@cmc.edu

There are regularly scheduled training sessions for intercollegiate debating in the British Parliamentary, Social Justice/Lafayette/International Humanitarian Law/Society of Professional Journalists, and Public Debate Program formats, professional communication events support including conference and presentation programming, FirstReporters!, and Civics in Action programs, and national and international educational debate outreach in the Public Debate Program and World Schools formats. National and international opportunities are scheduled throughout the year, including summer and break events. The Debate Union pays all major costs of participation.

Debate Union Office – Bauer South 21, CMC
John Meany, Director of Forensics, Office Hours – Tu/Wed, 12:00-2:00 PM, online, by appointment
         

“Pre-law, Lawyer, Judge” – A discussion with LA County Superior Court Judge Mark Windham

The Honorable Mark E. Windham, judge of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, will discuss preparation for law school, the lawyering experience, and the responsibilities and challenges of judging. The event will be held Friday, March 26, 12-1 PM. There will be opportunities for audience members to participate in question and answer portions of the program.

Judge Windham’s career includes civil litigation practice, nearly 20 years of experience in the LA County Public Defender’s Office, with a decade as the head public defender. He specialized in death penalty defense, including mastery of DNA and forensic evidence. He has been a Superior Court Judge presiding over criminal trials since his appointment to the bench in 2008.

Judge Windham is a Claremont McKenna College parent (P’ 25) and an extraordinarily accomplished debate coach, leading middle school students in the Debate Union’s Middle School Public Debate Program to the regional championship and high school teams to two top ten national rankings in the National Parliamentary Debate League.

Please join us for a valuable insight into legal training, practice, and career. Here is the Zoom link:

Topic: Judge Mark Windham Presentation
Time: Mar 26, 2021 12:00 PM US/Pacific
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85682040334?pwd=WmZudVc2dkM3N1VacHBPUDRESjkzZz09
Meeting ID: 856 8204 0334
Passcode: 12345

 

Instruction for New Debaters Moved to Thursday, February 25

Yes, that is correct. Comprehensive format, argumentation, public speaking, etc. instruction for new debaters is now scheduled for Thursday, February 25, 8 PM.

Weeks of February 15/22 – Meetings/Practices

Upcoming CCDU instructional meetings and practices. Final session of any instruction is noted.

WEEK OF FEBRUARY 15

Monday, February 15 
12:15-1:30 PM – Intro to British Parliamentary debate (rules, conventions, team and speaker roles, primary argumentation)
Tuesday, February 16 
4:30-5:20 PM –Instruction – Case-writing
6-7:15 PM – Speech 61 (for those enrolled in professional communication/Tuesday class)
8-9:30 PM – Instruction – Comprehensive Intro for New Debaters
8-10 PM – Debate practice for new and experienced debaters (please register with Michelle Ramirez, mramirez23@cmc.edu)
Wednesday, February 17
12-1:30 PM – Office hours with John Meany for intercollegiate debate (questions from any member of the Debate Union)
1:30-2:10 PM – Instruction – Rebuttals (best practices)
4:30-6:30 PM – Debate practice for new and experienced debaters (please register with Michelle Ramirez, mramirez23@cmc.edu)
Thursday, February 18
12:15-1 PM – Instruction – Rebuttals (best practices)
1:15-2 PM – Instruction – Public Speaking for Debate
3-5 PM – Office Hours – PDP secondary school students
5-6 PM – Office Hours – PDP secondary school parents
6-8 PM – Office Hours – PDP secondary school teachers/coaches

WEEK OF FEBRUARY 22

Monday, February 22
1-2:15 Intro to British Parliamentary debate (rules, conventions, team and speaker roles, primary argumentation)
Tuesday, February 23 
4:30-5:25 PM – Instruction – Generic argumentation (topic categories and additional generic arguments for BP prop/opp)
6-9:00 PM – Speech 61 (for those enrolled in professional communication/Tuesday class – extemporaneous speech performance schedule announced to enrolled students via email)
8-10 PM – Debate practice for new and experienced debaters (please register with Michelle Ramirez, mramirez23@cmc.edu)
Wednesday, February 24
12-1:30 PM – Office hours with John Meany for intercollegiate debate (questions from any member of the Debate Union)
1:30-2:10 PM – Instruction – Generic argumentation (topic categories and additional generic arguments for BP prop/opp)
2:15-3 PM – Instruction – Refutation n (primary, efficiency, role, offensive, using POIs)
4:30-6:30 PM – Debate practice for new and experienced debaters (please register with Michelle Ramirez, mramirez23@cmc.edu)
Thursday, February 25
12:15-1 PM – Instruction – Misc – Practice Debate Critiques (common issues)
1:15-2 PM – Instruction – Case-writing
3-5 PM – Office Hours – PDP secondary school students
5-6 PM – Office Hours – PDP secondary school parents
6-8 PM – Office Hours – PDP secondary school teachers/coaches

 

Congratulations on the University of Utah Tournament!

Congratulations to Michelle Tang and Justin Shen for their outstanding performance at the University of Utah Debate Tournament, January 16-17, 2021, the opening competition of Spring 2021. Michele and Justin were the top  novice team (first year in BP debating) at the competition and were semi-finalists in the open division at the tournament. In addition to their team awards, Justin was the 2nd place speaker and Michele was 3rd. Thanks, as well, to Jessy Nesbit, who judged at the event.

2021 Meetings for New/Prospective Members of the Debate Union

The opening meetings are orientation/information sessions for this unfamiliar with the Debate Union. Two sessions are scheduled for the week of January 25:

Tuesday, January 26, 8:00-8:30 PM
Thursday, January 28, 12:00-12:30 PM

Join the meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89286017753?pwd=VCtFa3JReS8wSlJUczRUaTg4SnBNUT09
Meeting ID: 892 8601 7753
Passcode: 7A1zGV

2021 Meetings for Returning Members of the Debate Union

The opening meeting for all returning members of the Debate Union is scheduled for the week of January 25:

Tuesday, January 26, 8:45-9:30 PM

Join the meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89286017753?pwd=VCtFa3JReS8wSlJUczRUaTg4SnBNUT09
Meeting ID: 892 8601 7753
Passcode: 7A1zGV

2021 Debate Union Instruction Sessions

These sessions are available for new CCDU members, as well as for those missing sessions in Fall 2020. It is expected that each debater know the content sufficient;y to apply the concepts consistently in competitive debates.

This lists sessions for the Week of January 25. To join any meeting:

Join the meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89286017753?pwd=VCtFa3JReS8wSlJUczRUaTg4SnBNUT09
Meeting ID: 892 8601 7753
Passcode: 7A1zGV

Introduction to British Parliamentary (competitive) debate – Rules, Norms, Team/Speaker Roles, Primary Argumentation
Wednesday, January 27, 4:15-5:30 PM

Introduction to British Parliamentary (competitive) debate – Rules, Norms, Team/Speaker Roles, Primary Argumentation
Thursday, January 28, 1:00-2:15 PM

Introduction to British Parliamentary (competitive) debate – Rules, Norms, Team/Speaker Roles, Primary Argumentation
Thursday, January 28, 4:15-5:30 PM

SEMINAR, Friday, January 29

Argumentation – Advanced, including Fallacies, Motion Interpretation, Presumptions, Offensive Argumentation
Friday, January 29, 12:30-1:25 PM

Building a Proposition Case
Friday, January 29, 1:30-2:25 PM

Demonstration Debate Speeches
Friday, January 29, 2:30-2:45 PM

Practice Debate – New Students – Motion for Debate: This House rejects a second Trump impeachment trial. (Appropriate to research and prepare for the debate).
Friday, January 29, 2:45-3:45 PM

DEBATE PRACTICE BEGINS TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2 (details forthcoming)

Congratulations on the Seattle University Tournament!

Congratulations to everyone for their outstanding performances at the Seattle University Debate Tournament, December 5-6, 2020. Michele Tang and Justin Shen placed second at the tournament, losing in the final round. Adarsh Srinivasan and Nati Azmera finished fifth, losing in the semi-final round. In addition to their team awards, all four students placed among the top individual speakers at the competition – Adarsh was the 6th place speaker, Michele and Justin tied at 11th place, and Nati finished 19th (impressive – Nati’s first tournament). Michelle Ramirez and Jasmine Perales debated well, missing elimination rounds based on the result of their final preliminary debate.

This year’s Seattle University event was the largest BP invitational tournament in the western states, with teams representing 14 states and 5 countries in attendance, including highly competitive teams from Cornell, UCLA, Columbia, Yale, British Columbia, Grinnell, and Wesleyan.

Congratulations on the Social Justice Debates Western Championship Tournament!

Congratulations to Michelle Ramirez for her outstanding individual performance at the Social Justice Debates Western US Championship Tournament, sponsored online by George Washington University, November 14-15, 2020. Michelle placed fifth at the tournament. The Claremont teams, Michelle Ramirez and Jasmine Perales and Trevor Christensen and Adarsh Srinivasan each missed a team award by a single decision in the preliminary debates.

This year’s Social Justice Debates Western States Championship was one of the largest invitational tournaments of its format ever held in the country. It is the last Social Justice Debates competition before the national championship, which will be sponsored by Morehouse College on January 16-17, 2021. This year’s SJD topic is Social Justice Movements should make police abolition their top priority.

Seeking Volunteers – PDP Outreach, Saturday, November 21

The Debate Union is seeking outreach volunteers as judged for the next high school debate competition, scheduled for Saturday, November 21. The events will be held from approximately 8:30 AM – 4:15 PM. There are 4 rounds of debate, including research-based pre-announced topics and additional impromptu debate topics (30 minutes of preparation from topic announcement to the start of the debate).

Thanks to Michelle Ramirez and Naomi Tilles for volunteering to manage tournament software and Lauren Phillips CMC ’10 for volunteering to manage the Zoom space.

Judges must have completed judge certification to be eligible to participate at a PDP event.

There are judge certification sessions on Thursday. The first is scheduled from 12PM-1:10 PM and the second is from 6-7:10 PM. Please use the CCDU Zoom link to access the 12 PM session. Please use this link for the Thursday evening session:

PDP Judge Certification
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89673271171?pwd=VXNqNXlKcklzN0Jxcm1OR08ydG4zZz09
Meeting ID: 896 7327 1171
Passcode: 1234

Meetings/Practices – Week of November 16

Meetings and practices are scheduled for new and prospective member so the Debate Union, as well as for returning students. 

Zoom Link for Meetings

Topic: CCDU Meetings
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89286017753?pwd=VCtFa3JReS8wSlJUczRUaTg4SnBNUT09
Meeting ID: 892 8601 7753
Passcode: 7A1zGV

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, November 10
8-10 PM – BP Practice (open to any student; new students to the Debate Union may observe)

Wednesday, November 11
6:15-8 PM – BP Debate practice (open to any student; new students to the Debate Union may observe)

Thursday, November 12
12-1:10 PM PDP Judge Certification Session (required of all judges for PDP tournaments)
6-7:10 PM PDP Judge Certification Session (required of all judges for PDP tournaments)

 

 

Congratulations on the University of Vermont Tournament!

Congratulations to Jessy Nesbit and Maya Kurkhill for their outstanding performance at the University of Vermont Debate Tournament, November 6-8, 2020. They placed fifth at the tournament, losing in the semifinal round of debates. In addition to their team award, they both placed among the top individual speakers at the competition – Jessy was the 8th place speaker and Maya was 16th.

This year’s University of Vermont event is one of the largest BP invitational tournaments in the country, with more than 90 teams representing 48 colleges/universities from more than 10 countries (Philippines, India, Belorussia, China, Jamaica, Canada, Palestine, Peru, Nepal, Pakistan) and 15 states attending (including highly competitive teams from Bates, Yale, Middlebury, Cornell, UCLA, and Wesleyan).