THE DEBATE UNION

Meetings/Practices – Week of October 12

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, October 13
4:30-5:20 PM – Debate Union Argumentation Session – Critiquing
8-10 PM – BP Practice (open to any student)

Wednesday, October 14
4:30-5:20 – Debate Union Argumentation Session – Generics
6:15-8 PM – BP Debate practice (open to any student)

Thursday, October 15
Approximately 7:30-8:30 PM – Biden Town Hall Watch – Discussion after this evening’s Biden Town Hall – All welcome

To Join:
Topic: Biden Town Hall Watch
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815 4369 6343

Friday, October 16 – CCDU Seminar
12-1:25 PM – Intro for New Debaters – Information about the Debate Union, Introduction to BP Debating
1:30-2:20 PM – Debate Union Argumentation Session – Generics
2:30-3:30 PM – Debate Union Argumentation Session – Case Construction, POIs
3:30-4:30 PM – PDP Judge Certification (for educational outreach)

 

 

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.

Congratulations to Charlie Sprague and Jesse Katz Blumenthal, the winners of the 2010 US Universities National Debating Championship. The tournament was sponsored by Regis University and the University of Denver, April 8-11. Charlie and Jesse were undefeated in their 10 debates. They placed ahead of Stanford, Yale, and Portland State in the final. The tournament included 124 teams representing undergraduate and graduate institutions from throughout the US.

Congratulations to other award winners at the tournament. Ellen Lebow and Adriane Holter were tournament octafinalists; Nick Rosa and Priya Srivats finished in fifth place among novice contestants (students in their first year of British Parliamentary intercollegiate competition). In addition to team honors, Jess Katz Blumenthal was the 9th ranked individual speaker and Charlie Sprague was 11th speaker. This was the third time that Charlie has placed in the top ten at the national championship tournament. He was 2nd in 2008 (partner – Kari Wohlschlegel POM ’08) and 9th in 2009 (partner – Raymond Lu POM ’11). It is the second time that Jesse has placed in the top ten. He finished 10th in 2008 (partner – Joseph Clifton CMC ’11).

Other attending teams did extraordinarily well at the championship. No Claremont team was eliminated from competition prior to the result of the final preliminary debate. This is the fourth national championship for the CCDU but the first in the BP debate format, now the most popular college and university debating model in the US and in the world.