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
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Meeting ID: 892 8601 7753
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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
         

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
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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).

Thank You – Public Debate – Compulsory Voting in US Elections, Sunday, November 1

Thank you to members of the Debate Union participating in the second Fall Term Showcase Public Debate held on Sunday, November 1. Trevor Christensen served as the program moderator. Naomi Tilles and Adarsh Srinivasan were on the affirmative side of the debate; Amari Huang and Nathaniel Braswell argued the negative side.

The debate was well attended, particularly by teachers and students from the Debate Union’s secondary school educational outreach network. Members of the public are able to engage the debaters during a question and comment period in the middle of the debate, through heckling and Zoom reactions, and with an audience vote on the debate outcome. IN this debate, the audience supported the negative side of the topic by a narrow margin.

The final fall public debate will be held on Sunday, November 22, 2:00 PM. The debate topic is “Presidential candidates should be required to play Jeopardy!

The Zoom meeting id for the debate is

Thank you – Fall Debate Outreach Volunteers

Thank you to current and former members of the Debate Union volunteering to support primary mission of the CCDU – secondary school debate and leadership communication educational outreach programming. One important initiative is the Public Debate Program (PDP), a class and contest program for middle schools and high schools. The PDP includes 10 competitive middle school leagues and an additional high school league in Southern California. Fall outreach activities include league administration, school recruiting, teacher and student workshops, judge certification sessions, and tournament administration.

Many correct and former members of the Debate Union have devoted substantial time to fall outreach programming, including Maya Kurkhill, Michelle Ramirez, Helena Ong, Jasmine Perales, Naomi Tilles, Trevor Christensen,  Lauren Phillips CMC ’10, and Ella Henry SCR ’20. Special thanks to Lauren and Ella for continuing the outstanding effort they made as undergraduates. Lauren is the only two-time winner of the Debate Union’s Outreach Service Awards; she leads administrative operations for in-person and online summer debate and leadership institutes; she helps research and write the debate and leadership outreach curriculum; she manages teacher/parent trainings, and administers debate competitions. A regular judge at PDP and college tournament events, Ella is a former residential director for in-person  summer debate and leadership institutes. She was a lead intern in the Debate Union and directed online mailings for school recruitments, as well as the distribution of tournament evaluations to middle and high schools.

This semester, outreach volunteers have helped manage 5 middle school competitions and 4 high school events.

The next opportunity to volunteer for an outreach event is Saturday, November 21, a high school PDP tournament. The tournament staff will need tabulation software and Zoom support, as well as event judges. All students must complete PDP certification to be eligible to judge. John Meany offers regular CCDU judge certification sessions.

Presidential DebateWatch – Thursday, October 22

The Debate Union will sponsor a Presidential DebateWatch (if a second presidential debate will be held). Guests should observe this evening’s inaugural presidential debate from 6:00-7:30 PM. At the conclusion of the debate, please immediately sign on to the Zoom link. A member of the Debate Union will host a moderated discussion on the debate process, moderator effectiveness, and candidate/national issues and performances.

The debate is scheduled 6:00-7:30 PM.

The post-debate discussion is scheduled 7:30-8:30 PM.

The HSPDP Presidential DebateWatch Zoom link is:

Time: Oct 22, 2020 07:30 PM Pacific Time or at conclusion of the debate
https://cmc-its.zoom.us/j/87886020844

The discussion moderator will provide a link to a post-debate survey for all those interested. It will only take 1-2 minutes to complete the survey.

The Claremont Colleges Debate Union has sponsored DebateWatches fo the last 5 presidential election cycles. The Debate Union is hosting college and educational outreach high school debatewatches for the 4 presidential and vice-presidential debates this fall.

Congratulations on the Lewis and Clark Tournament!

Congratulations to Sara Abassi and Kristen Lu for their outstanding performance at the recent Lewis and Clark Debate and Speech Invitational Tournament, October 9-11, 2020. They placed second at the tournament.

This year’sLewis and Clark event is one of the largest invitational tournaments in the country, with more than 77 colleges/universities from 27 states attending. Two Claremont teams entered the event – Sara Abassi and Kristen Lu and Justin Shen and Michele Tang.

Congratulations on USUDC Tournament!

Congratulations to Helena Ong and Naomi Tilles for their outstanding performance at the recent national championship sponsored by Hobart and William Smith Colleges, October 2-5, 2020. They were octafinalists at the tournament, ranking among many of the finest debaters in the world.

This year’s US Universities Debate Championship is the 2020 national tournament, suspended since April 2020 due to the pandemic. The tournament permits national and international undergraduate teams to compete. In addition, graduating seniors unable to compete at the Spring 2020 championship retained eligibility to attend this year’s event. More than 200 teams participated. There will be another championship in Spring 2021. Three Claremont teams attended the 2020 championship – Helena Ong and Naomi Tilles, Kristen Lu and Jessy Nesbit, and John Cho and Adarsh Srinivasan.

The US championship in the British Parliamentary format was established by the Claremont Colleges Debate Union and first hosted by CMC in 2005. The Debate Union held the first 3 championships before John Meany convinced schools to have a bid system for site selection and move the tournament to a new region annually. The Debate Union has placed in the top ten at the USUDC on a half dozen occasions, including first place and second place finishes.

Thank you to members of the Debate Union participating in the first Fall Term Showcase Public Debate held on Sunday, October 4. Nathaniel Braswell served as the program moderator. Naomi Tilles was on the affirmative side of the debate; Amari Huang argued the negative side.

The debate was well attended, particularly by teachers and students from the Debate Union’s secondary school educational outreach network. Members of the public are able to engage the debaters during a question and comment period in the middle of the debate, through heckling and Zoom reactions, and with an audience vote on the debate outcome. In this debate, the audience supported the negative side of the topic by a narrow margin.

The next fall public debate will be held on Sunday, November 1, 2:00 PM. The debate topic is “The US should adopt compulsory voting for its general elections.”

Register for Upcoming Events!

Register as a team (2-person) or as an individual debater or judge for tournaments. Public events do not require advanced registration.

INTERCOLLEGIATE DEBATES

October 3-5 – USUDC – Hobart & Wm. Smith Colleges, BP, Registration closed
October 10-11 – Lewis and Clark College, BP – Senior and Junior Divisions, Registration until October 1, 3:00 PM
October 17-18 – University of Vermont, SJD, Registration until October 1, 3:00 PM
October 23-25 – St. Stephen’s College – India. BP, Registration until October 12, 3:00 PM
October 24-25 – Loyola University – Chicago, BP, Registration until October 12, 3:00 PM
November 6-8 – University of Vermont, BP, Registration open
November 7 – LA BP Tournament, BP, Registration open
November 14-15 – Host TBD – Social Justice Fall Championship, SJD, Registration closed
November 20-21 – Host TBD – Canadian BP Championship, BP, Registration closed
December 5-6 – Seattle University, BP, Registration open
January 16-17 – SJD National Championship, Morehouse College, SJD, Registration open
January 30-31 – Vanderbilt University, BP, Registration open
February 5-6 – International Humanitarian Law Debates, SJD format, Registration open

PUBLIC EVENTS
No registration required for discussion participants or observers for the following events, unless otherwise noted.
Registration is open for moderators and debaters.

September 29 – Presidential DebateWatch (Moderator registration closed)
October 4 – Showcase Public Debate – Abolish the Electoral College. (Moderator and debate registration closed)
October 7 – Vice-Presidential DebateWatch (Moderator registration closed)
October 15 – Presidential DebateWatch (Moderator registration open)
October 22 – Presidential DebateWatch (Moderator registration closed)
November 1 – Showcase Public Debate – The US should adopt compulsory voting for general elections. (Moderator and debate registration open)

New to the Debate Union? What to Do Next!

For those new to the Debate Union, here are some recommendations about how to get involved. Programming, including training, is rolling and there will be additional opportunities for training and there will be newly announced events. Please complete roster information for the fall term. The link is available online.

Interested in Intercollegiate Debating?

Attend the format introductions for British Parliamentary (BP) debating and/or Social Justice/International Humanitarian Law/Lafayette (SJD/IHL) format – the latter is a single format with different labels depending on the topic issues.

• Organize to attend a weekly practice, either Tuesdays, 8-10 PM or Wednesdays, 6-8 PM. Please contact one of the interns to schedule your time. Practice begins the week of September 7.

• Organize to attend the weekly CCDU argumentation session, Tuesdays, 4:30-5:20 PM (beginning September 15) and Wednesday/Friday repeat sessions.

• To fast track, please attend the CCDU Seminar noon Friday, October 2.

• When available, register to participate at debate tournaments. One may do so as an individual, with a team partner, or as a judge (training will provided and BP judges do not have to be highly experienced – can be new to the format).

Interested in Professional Communication Events?

Register to participate as a moderator or debate participant for one or more of the following events. There will be a training for DebateWatch moderators, as well as preparation sessions and practice for those participating in the public debate on abolition pf the Electoral College. Please register with a note to one of the CCDU interns.

Attend the Presidential DebateWatch, Tuesday, September 29.
Watch the debate and then go to the Zoom link for the post-debate discussion.

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Interested in Educational Outreach?

Attend a PDP judge certification session. Certified judges are eligible to judge at Public Debate Program competitions.