Please review new sessions on the ‘Meetings/Practices for Aug/Sept 2021’ post on this site.
Come meet new and returning members of the Debate Union! Event planning’s underway – there will be a dessert reception and opportunity to meet other members, find prospective debate partners, learn about professional communication opportunities and outreach events from John Meany and CCDU interns. The event will be held this week – on Friday or Saturday, September 24/25. Date, time, location will be announced by interns by Tuesday, September 21, 3:00 PM.
Although there are BP practices the week of September 20, the official start of formal practice at set times for the semester (times that should accommodate everyone’s schedule), begins the week of September 27. Those practices are at the following times:
Mondays, 3:00 PM and 4:45 PM
Tuesdays, 8:15 PM
Wednesdays, 4:45 PM and 6:30 PM
Practices for SJD events will be announced later this week. The official times next week may be the same as the scheduled times this week or 15 minutes later typo accommodate some later class periods.
You should have received a confirmation from Maya for your practice time. If you have not or have yet to schedule a practice time, please contact Maya at email@example.com.
These are additions to the calendar. Most are available to all students. All except Point Loma University are online. Select events will only permit, at most, 1-2 teams from each institution. Tournaments available to all are marked. You may begin registering for tournaments at any time. Prior to registration, yo0u must complete requested membership information in the CCDU 2021-22 roster. Please send an email to any intern to add your name to request registration for a tournament. You will receive a reply about your ability to attend your requested events. The intern addresses are Maya Kurkhill, firstname.lastname@example.org, Michelle Ramirez, email@example.com, and Helena Ong, firstname.lastname@example.org.
New BP Tournaments, v. September 12, 2021
Tournaments available to all are noted in bold.
9-10 Lewis and Clark College
16-17 University of Toronto
23-24 Point Loma University, San Diego (in person, not open to all but will be available to a large number of teams)
5-7 Hobart and William Smith Colleges (may change the date from this weekend)
13-14 Linfield College
13-14 University of Cambridge
4-5 Seattle University
29-30 Vanderbilt (prefer in-person, if possible; not open to all but will be available to a large number of teams, even as an in-person event)
This year’s topic for Social Justice Debates is
The adoption of a mandatory racial desegregation policy for K-12 public schools is desirable.
The first tournament will be held online, Saturday-Sunday, October 2-3. There is a tentatively planned in-person tournament scheduled at the University of Vermont, Saturday-Sunday, November 6-7.
Although 2021-22 topic statement, format, and other support information is not yet available, here is the link to the 2021-21 information. The format and rules ought to be identical – the topic is different but the social justice foundation of each topic is likely to be quite similar, adapted only for the working of the topic. The link: https://www.social-justice-debates.org/2020-Fall-Championship.php.
Topic and debate preparation will begin the week of September 13. The schedule for meetings, research, practices will be listed here during the September 10-12 weekend.
For those new to the Debate Union and after attending an orientation/information session, here are some recommendations about how to get involved. Programming, including training, is rolling and there will be additional opportunities for training. Most upcoming events are not yet scheduled by other institutions and will be announced the first week of September.
Please complete roster information for the fall term. Here is the link:
Interested in Intercollegiate Debating?
• Attend the format introductions for British Parliamentary (BP) debating and/or Social Justice Debate formats.
• Attend a weekly practice. CCDU interns will contact members to schedule your semester practice time. In general, you will select a Tuesday or Wednesday evening time for practice. A practice is 2 hours for a debate and feedback.
• Attend CCDU argumentation/instruction and research sessions, Scheduled periodically and repeated several times during a 2-week period. Sessions focus on speaker responsibilities, argumentation, case writing, public speaking for debate, counterplanning, critiquing, topic interpretation and categorization, and more…
• 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 upcoming events There will be a training for moderators, as well as preparation sessions and practice for those participating in events beginning in mid-September.
Interested in Educational Outreach?
Attend a PDP judge certification session and tabulation administrator/tournament director session. Certified judges are eligible to judge at Public Debate Program competitions.