Debate Instruction – Weeks of February 17/24

There are opportunities for format and argumentation instruction.

Wednesday, February 19 – Bauer 2
6:15 PM-7:15 PM – Advanced Argumentation/Refutation (counterplanning, answering counterplans, identity politics, critiquing, AT standard claims)

Tuesday, February 25 – Bauer Forum
6:00-6:50 PM – British Parliamentary and Lafayette/Social Justice Formats
7:00-7:50 PM – Argumentation and Refutation

Wednesday, February 26 – Bauer 2
6:15 PM-7:15 PM – Advanced Argumentation/Refutation (counterplanning, answering counterplans, identity politics, critiquing, AT standard claims)

BP Seminar/Practice for New Members, Friday, January 31

The British Parliamentary format debate seminar and practice for those new to the format will be held Friday, January 31, Bauer 22.

There is format instruction at 1:15 PM. There is argumentation/refutation instruction session (thematic introduction, ARESR, offensive arguments for the opposition, generic argumentation, argument turns, etc.) at 2:15 PM. There is a practice debate at 3:15 PM.

The motion for the debate is the following – This House believes that the Trump impeachment does more harm than good. 

Room Location – BP Debate Practice, Spring 2020

Debate practices (BP format) will be held in Bauer 2 this semester. Bauer 2 is located on the ground floor facing the trailers south of Bauer Center South. The room is located one floor below Bauer Forum and accessed from the outside of the building.

Practices are scheduled in 2-hour slots, beginning Tuesdays, 8:00 PM or Wednesdays, 4:15 PM.

Debate Practice – Week of January 27

Debate practice for the spring semester begins this week.

Practices are scheduled on Tuesdays, 8:00-10:00 PM and Wednesdays, 4:15-6:15 PM. Please register for one of these times. If you have a scheduling conflict, please notify John Meany to arrange for a new practice time. Practices will be held in Bauer 2 throughout the semester.

There is a practice on Friday, January 31, 3:00 PM for those new to debating. Please come to Bauer 22 for practice. There is a BP format instructional session in  Bauer 22 (1:15 PM) and an argumentation and refutation training session (2:15 PM) prior to the debate.

The motion for debate – This House believes that the Trump impeachment does more harm than good.

The Debate Union sponsors an international secondary school debate outreach program, the International Public Debate Program (IPDP). Students primarily debate in the World Schools Debate Championship format, which is used for many major international competitions.

Members of the Debate Union may assist coaching and judging students for international competitions and may accompany them to major events during the academic term and summer.

The CCDU is now preparing for WSDC-format tournaments at Cornell University and Simon Fraser University in October, as well as the Euro Championship in Croatia in December and Spring 2020 Pan American Debate Championship and China Schools Championship. If you are interested in learning the WSDC format and assisting as IPDP staff, please review dates for IPDP training or contact John Meany,

The Debate Union sponsors the Public Debate Program (PDP), debate and public speaking training for secondary school students. Programming includes hundreds of thousands of teachers and students in 36 countries. Members of the Debate Union serve as staff for academic year and summer teacher and student workshops, direct and tabulate tournaments, administer PDP operations, and judge competitive events. Events are usually 1-day, either a Saturday or Sunday. Debating is in English, Spanish, French, and Chinese.

The Debate Union directly supports the Southern California High School Public Debate Program (HSPDP), several Southern California middle school leagues – Golden West Debate League, Inland Valley Debate League, Pacific Coast Debate League, Rancho California Debate League, and Temecula Valley Debate League, as well as the middle school Hoosier State Debate League in Indianapolis. The CCDU provides annual and indirect support for many other leagues and schools, including the newest program, HSPDP-Panama.

There are opportunities to volunteer for PDP competitions throughout the year. The Southern California high school schedule includes the following tournaments, workshops, and conferences:

Saturday, September 28 – HSPDP Teacher Workshop, Claremont McKenna College (CMC)

League Tournaments
Saturday, October 12 – Tournament 1, Site TBD
Saturday, November 9 – Orange County Championship, St. Margaret’s Episcopal School, San Juan Capistrano
Sunday, December 15 – The Webb Schools, Claremont
Saturday, January 18 – Desert Valleys Championship, Site TBD
Saturday, February 15 – Compton High School, Compton
Saturday, March 7 – Los Angeles Championship, Oaks Christian School, Westlake Village or Orange County School of the Arts
Sunday, March 29 – Los Angeles Championship, Oaks Christian School, Westlake Village or Orange County School of the Arts

Championship Tournament
Championship Tournament – Saturday, April 18, Site TBD

Additional Events
Language Tournament (3 divisions – Spanish, French, and Chinese) – The Webb Schools, Date TBD
Academic Conference on Criminal Justice Reform – Friday-Saturday, January 24-25, CMC
University PDP Championship (high school teams eligible, with independent awards) – Saturday-Sunday, January 25-26, CMC
Academic Conference on Electoral Reform – October 2020, CMC (paper and other submissions, Summer 2020)

All members of the Debate Union need to be available for staff and judging work at the PDP high school and middle school championships, as well as additional select events. Here are the 2020 championship dates:

High School Championship, Saturday, April 18, TBD
Southwest Regional MSPDP Championship, Saturday, April 25, Mount San Antonio College, Walnut
MSPDP National Championship, Sunday, April 26, Mount San Antonio College, Walnut

Congratulations – Asante Africa/Accelerated Learning in the Classroom Program

Congratulations to the Asante Africa Foundation, a non-profit educational organization working with teachers and students in rural Tanzania and Kenya. The organization uses the Debate Union’s Public Debate Program to accelerate critical-thinking and problem-solving skills in the classroom. More than 45,000 students and hundreds of teachers have participated in programming.