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

ATTEND A 30-MINUTE INFO SESSION
(Zoom link posted here about 48 hours prior to a scheduled session; All times are PST)

Tuesday, August 25, 8 PM
Saturday, August 29, 1 PM
Tuesday, September 1, 8 PM
Thursday, September 10, 4:30 PM

OR

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
         

The Debate Union is hosting 4 summer online debate tournaments for middle school and high school students attending the summer online debate institute. The tournaments are in the Public Debate Program format. They are scheduled own the following dates:

Middle School Summer Online Championship, July 31
Middle School Summer PDP Online Championship, September 12
High School Summer Online Championship, August 10
High School Summer PDP Online Championship, September 13

Judges must be PDP-certified. The schedule (all times are PST) for the day for all tournaments is:

9:00-9:45 AM Student Registration
9:30-9:45 Judge Registration
9:45 Announcements and Opening
10:00 AM Round 1
11:45 AM Round 2
1:30 PM Round 3
3:15 PM Awards and Closing

 

 

Meetings and practices are scheduled for new and prospective member so the Debate Union, as well as for returning students. These are the meetings/practices/classes for the first 3 weeks of the semester. They are designated as MT (meeting), CL (Speech 61 class, for enrolled students), and PR (practice). TR designates a tournament. Attend any one of each like-titled event. Events are listed by dates and also grouped and listed by category.

Events by Date

MT – Monday, August 24, 5-5:45 PM – CCDU Intern Meeting
MT – Tuesday, August 25, 4:30-5:20 PM – Weekly CCDU Meeting (for all intercollegiate debaters)

CL – Tuesday, August 25, 6-7:30 PM – Speech 61 – for students enrolled in the Debate and Public Argument course
MT – Tuesday, August 25, 8-8:30 PM – CCDU Info – for students interesting in learning about or joining the Claremont Colleges Debate Union
MT – Wednesday, August 26, 6-7 PM – CCDU Returns – activities for returning members of the CCDU
MT – Wednesday, August 26, 7-8:30 PM – Intro to BP Debating – for new members interested in learning the popular intercollegiate British Parliamentary debate format
MT – Thursday, August 27, 4:30-6 PM – Intro to BP Debating – for new members interested in learning the popular intercollegiate British Parliamentary debate format
MT – Saturday, August 29, 1-1:30 PM – CCDU Info – for students interesting in learning about or joining the Claremont Colleges Debate Union
Saturday, August 29, 2-3:30 PM – Intro to BP Debating – for new members interested in learning the popular intercollegiate British Parliamentary debate format
MT – Monday, August 31, 4:15-5:00 PM – CCDU Intern Meeting
MT – Monday, August 31, 5-6 PM – CCDU Returns – activities for returning members of the CCDU
MT – Tuesday, September 1, 4:30-5:20 PM – Weekly CCDU Meeting (for all intercollegiate debaters)

CL – Tuesday, September 1, 6-7:30 PM – Speech 61 – for students enrolled in the Debate and Public Argument course
MT – Tuesday, September 1, 8-8:30 PM – CCDU Info – for students interesting in learning about or joining the Claremont Colleges Debate Union
PR – Wednesday, September 2, 4:30-6:30 PM – CCDU Debate Practice, BP format – Returning/Experienced debaters
PR – Thursday, September 3, 4:30-6:30 PM – CCDU Debate Practice, BP format – Returning/Experienced debaters
MT – Friday, September 4, 12-1:15 PM – PDP Outreach Training/Certification
MT – Friday, September 4, 1:15-2:30 PM – Intro to Alternate Debate Formats – Social Justice, Lafayette, International Humanitarian Law, etc.
PR – Friday, September 4, 2:00-3:30 PM – CCDU Debate Practice, BP format – New/Inexperienced debaters
PR – Friday, September 4, 3:30-5:00 PM – CCDU Debate Practice, BP format – New/Inexperienced debaters
MT – Tuesday, September 8, 4:30-5:20 PM – Weekly CCDU Meeting (for all intercollegiate debaters)

CL – Tuesday, September 8 , 6-7:30 PM – Speech 61 – for students enrolled in the Debate and Public Argument course
PR – Tuesday, September 8, 8-10 PM – CCDU Debate Practice, BP format – Any and all levels of experience

MT – Wednesday, September 9, 4:30-5 PM – CCDU Info – for students interesting in learning about or joining the Claremont Colleges Debate Union
MT – Wednesday, September 9, 5:15-6:00 PM – Professional Communication Event Introduction
PR – Wednesday, September 9, 6-8 PM – CCDU Debate Practice, BP format – Any and all levels of experience
MT – Thursday, September 10, 11-12:30 PM – PDP Outreach Training/Certification
MT – Thursday, September 10, 4:30-6:30 PM – Intro to BP Debating/Intro to Alternate Debate Formats (e.g., Social Justice) – for new members interested in learning competitive formats for 2020-21
TR – Saturday, September 12 – MSPDP Online Tournament

TR – Sunday, September 13 – HSPDP Online Tournament

Events by Category

Intern Meetings
Monday, August 24, 5-5:45 PM
Monday, August 31, 4:15-5:00 PM

Weekly Debate Meetings
Tuesday, August 25, 4:30-5:20 PM
Tuesday, September 1, 4:30-5:20 PM
Tuesday, September 8 , 4:30-5:20 PM

Speech 61 Classes
Tuesday, August 25, 6-7:30 PM
Tuesday, September 1, 6-7:30 PM
Tuesday, September 8 , 6-7:30 PM

New/Prospective Members – CCDU Info Sessions
Tuesday, August 25, 8-8:30 PM
Saturday, August 29, 1-1:30 PM
Tuesday, September 1, 8-8:30 PM
Wednesday, September 9, 4:30-5 PM

Returning Debaters – CCDU Info Sessions 
Wednesday, August 26, 6-7 PM
Monday, August 31, 5-6 PM

Intro to British Parliamentary Debating
Wednesday, August 26, 7-8:30 PM
Thursday, August 27, 4:30-6 PM
Saturday, August 29, 2-3:30 PM
Thursday, September 10, 4:30-6:30 PM (this session also includes and introduction to alternate debating formats)

Intro to Alternate Debate Formats
Friday, September 4, 1:15-2:30 PM

Debate Practice
Wednesday, September 2, 4:30-6:30 PM (for returning/experienced debaters – anyone may observe)
Thursday, September 3, 4:30-6:30 PM (for returning/experienced debaters – anyone may observe)
Friday, September 4, 2:00-3:30 PM (for new/inexperienced debaters)
Friday, September 4, 3:30-5:00 PM (for new/inexperienced debaters)
Tuesday, September 8, 8-10 PM (for debaters of any experience level)
Wednesday, September 9, 6-8 PM (for debaters of any experience level)

Outreach Training/Certification (required to participate in debate outreach programming)
Friday, September 4, 12-1:15 PM
Thursday, September 10, 11-12:30 PM

Professional Communication Events Introduction (getting started in varied CCDU programs, including public affairs podcasts, deliberative book club, Presidential DebateWatches, Pentagonal Debates, academic conference, etc.)
Wednesday, September 9, 5:15-6:00 PM

Outreach Tournaments (full day events administering and judging at online competitions – likely 9 AM-4 PM)
Saturday, September 12 – Middle School PDP Online Tournament
Sunday, September 13 – High School PDP Online Tournament

AUGUST – IMPROVE VISUAL DISPLAYS OF QUANTITATIVE INFORMATION

Edward Tufte, The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint: Pitching Out Corrupts Within
(2nd Edition, 32-page pamphlet, $7, paperback, Amazon.com)

 

Edward Tufte, Visual and Statistical Thinking: Displays of Evidence for Making Decisions
(32-page pamphlet, $7, paperback, Amazon.com)

Additional review and information on Tufte

Edward Tufte is an expert in the field of information design. A professor emeritus of political science, statistics, computer science, and art at Yale University, his texts offer a pointed criticism of popular methods of graphic illustrations (e.g., PowerPoint), as well as establish techniques for the effective use of statistical and related design. These texts will introduce readers to sophisticated approaches to data illustrations and design thinking.

Laurian Vega, ‘Tufte is Dead; Long Live Tufte’
https://medium.com/the-ux-book-club/tufte-is-dead-long-live-tufte-21f830a0cfa8

Ann Jennings, ‘Jennings on Tufte, Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative’
https://networks.h-net.org/node/13784/reviews/13991/jennings-tufte-visual-explanations-images-and-quantities-evidence-and


JULY – DEVELOP CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS AND PREPARE FOR IMPROMPTU ARGUMENTATION

Roland Barthes, Mythologies
(New edition, $10, paperback, Amazon.com)

Additional review and information on Barthes and Mythologies

Roland Barthes, French social and literary critic, influenced the development of semiotics, structuralism, literary theory, communication, and post-structuralism. He taught philosophy and social/cultural criticism at a number of French universities. Barthes emphasized the active role of the reader in the ‘production’ of a text – as he noted in Image–Music–Text in 1977, “the death of the author is the birth of the reader.”

Andrew Robinson, ‘An A to Z of Theory Roland Barthes’s Mythologies: A Critical Theory of Myths’
https://ceasefiremagazine.co.uk/in-theory-barthes-2/

Marco Roth, ‘Roland Barthes: Myths We Don’t Outgrow’
https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/roland-barthes-myths-we-dont-outgrow?source=search_google_dsa_paid&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI7e_E3NzA6gIV1RitBh2n5gn7EAMYASAAEgLADfD_BwE

Michael Robbins, ‘Revisiting Roland Barthes’ Mythologies’
https://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/books/ct-prj-0310-mythologies-roland-barthes-20130308-story.html


JUNE – LEARN TO ANALYZE AND IMPROVE NON-FICTION WRITING

John McPhee, Draft No. 4 – On the Writing Process
($10, paperback, Amazon.com)

Additional review and information on McPhee

John McPhee, professor of journalism at Princeton University, is an author of more than 25 books and scores of essays (he has been a staff writer for The New Yorker for more than five decades), as well as a pioneer of creative non-fiction. A 4-time nominee and 1999 winner for the Pulitzer Prize in General Non-fiction, his books include a wide range of subjects, from travel and biography to the environment, aeronautics, and sports. Draft No. 4 features McPhee’s analysis of the writing process.

Sam Anderson, ‘The Mind of John McPhee’
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/28/magazine/the-mind-of-john-mcphee.html

Tyler Malone, ‘John McPhee: Seven Ways of Looking at a Writer’
https://lithub.com/john-mcphee-seven-ways-of-looking-at-a-writer/

 

There has been considerable secondary school outreach activity throughout the summer.

Summer Debate and Leadership Communication Institutes
The Debate Union is hosting a series of middle school and high school debate and leadership communication workshops. Due to Covid-19, this year’s workshops are operating exclusively online, the first time that the CCDU’s summer conferences have been offered online. More than 200 students have registered so far for the summer programs.

Secondary School Outreach Expansion
The Debate Union is expanding its debate class and contest programming in Summer 2020. John Meany will lead workshops for more than 200 teachers in Arkansas, Massachusetts, and California in August. Direct mail recruiting is underway to add new schools to more than a dozen currently operating Public Debate Program leagues in Southern California, as well as for PDP leagues across the United States. The Debate Union is establishing new virtual debate leagues and in-class school public speaking and argumentation instruction, as well as inviting schools to participate in virtual competitions outside of their extant leagues. For example, the CCDU will continue to promote high school debating in English and Spanish throughout Panama, as it welcomes Panamanian schools to participate in online debate tournaments in the United States.

High School Outreach International Debate Success
Sierra Canyon School (SCS), a member of the HSPDP, won the London Online Debate Challenge in June 2020. Two SCS teams participated in the competition. The individual teams were ranked 2nd and 6th and their cumulative success led to the first place result. The tournament used the British Parliamentary debate format, typically used for college debating but infrequently available for high school competitions. It is an impromptu debate model, with debates organized after only 15 minutes of preparation time from the topic announcement to the start of the first speech of the debate. PDP middle schools and high schools will be able to participate in upcoming online debate tournaments in the UK and other countries. The CCDU will help organize 2020-21 HSPDP outreach online tournaments for international schools.

New PDP Website and Tab Software
The Public Debate Program will have a new, unified website for its network of schools participating in middle school debate, high school debate, international high school debate, leadership and civic engagement projects, as well as professional communication events. In addition, the CCDU is producing a next generation of proprietary software for tournament tabulation. The software will offer a more flexible and stable option for tournament administrators. Both website and software should be ready by September 1.

Congratulations to CCDU students winning fellowship awards this year!

Amanda Kandasamy CMC ’20, Fulbright Scholar (Indonesia)

Luke Radice CMC ’19, Fulbright Scholar (Germany)

Luke Radice CMC ’19, JET Program (Japan Exchange and Teaching)

Jessica Kim CMC ’20, JET Program (Japan Exchange and Teaching)

Presidential DebateWatches

The CCDU will host a series of Presidential DebateWatches, moderated discussions following each of the Fall 2020 Commission on Presidential Debates events.

 All debates start at 6:00 PM PST – discussion to follow
• Tuesday, September 29 (Presidential Debate)
• Wednesday, October 7 (Vice-Presidential Debate)
• Thursday, October 22 (Presidential Debate)

Practice begins the week of August 31. Practice begins with British Parliamentary debating and practice for other debate formats and other events will follow later in the month. There are British Parliamentary practices scheduled for the following times:

For Returning/Experienced BP Debaters
Wednesday, September 2, 4:30-6:30 PM
Thursday, September 3, 4:30-6:30 PM

For New Debaters and Inexperienced BP Debaters
Friday, September 4, 2:00-3:30 PM
Friday, September 4, 3:30-5:00 PM

For BP Debaters of Any Level of Experience
Tuesday, September 8, 8:00-10:00 PM
Wednesday, September 9, 6:00-8:00 PM

To participate, please email John Meany, john.meany@cmc.edu, and request a particular date/time. Registration for returning debaters closes on Tuesday, September 1, 9 PM. Registration closes for new debaters on Thursday, September 3, 9:00 PM. 

For students enrolled in Speech 61 –

All students enrolled in Speech 61 must practice weekly to maintain good standing in the course. In addition, debaters must complete 2 hours of weekly argumentation training and preparation. All debaters, regardless of registration for Speech 61, need to practice weekly, attend argumentation sessions, conduct sophisticated research, etc. to succeed in rigorous event competition. In general, active intercollegiate debaters should practice 3 times every 2 weeks to maintain sufficient practice for competition.

Anyone may observe practice.

 

 

There are several sessions for students new to the British Parliamentary debate format. The majority of national and international tournaments use this format. To learn the format and primary argumentation, please attend one of the following sessions:

Wednesday, August 26, 7:00-8:30 PM
Thursday, August 27, 4:30-6:00 PM
Saturday, August 29, 2:00-3:30 PM
Thursday, September 10, 4:30-6:30 PM

Please promote and attend a public debate on the following topic, The United States should abolish the Electoral College, on Sunday, October 4 26, 2:00 PM.

The debate will be held online. Check here after October 1 for Zoom access.

The Fall 2020 Internal Humanitarian Law topics are the following:

• It is unethical to deploy autonomous weapons systems.
• Abolish the International Criminal Court.

There is one tournament on this topic, hosted by the Claremont Colleges Debate Union. It is scheduled for Sunday, October 11.

The CCDU will host a college PDP championship, Saturday-Sunday, January 30-31, 2021. This is the second year of college-level PDP competition. École de Guerre, the French war college, was the 2019 tournament champion. The top-ranked US team (representing the second-place Claremont Colleges team) also won tickets to a Lupe Fiasco concert in Los Angeles. HSPDP high school teams may also participate in the event; there are separate awards for high school contestants.

The primary differences from other debate formats include team number and members (two 3-person teams), use of POIs and argumentative heckling, integration of pre-announced, research-based topics and impromptu topics, judge certification, and a comprehensive 100-point standards-based assessment rubric for individual speaker scores and awards.

Members of the Debate Union are eligible to participate in the PDP championship.