has begun! We
have 65 students from far and wide in attendance at
the 2008 Summer Debate Institute.
Our policy debate track has once again
attracted students of various ages and experience
levels and we have enjoyed bringing Lincoln-Douglas
value debate back for the 2008 camp.
In addition to our regular full-time staff,
this years SDI introduced an adjunct staff of
9 former high school debaters who will be teaching
classes, critiquing debate rounds, and assisting
students in their research.
For more information about this years staff,
see the website.
first day began with a short talk from Jonathan
encouraging the students that they should use debate
as a method of finding truth and speaking the truth
with delicate speech to those around them.
The students then dove right into classes
catered to their unique needs and abilities.
traditionally invites special guests to come and share
their expertise on the debate topic(s).
Todays guest speaker was Ms. Mona Mehta,
currently a PhD student at the University of
Chicagos Political Science department where she is
focusing her research on religion and violence in
Mehta shared with the class an excellent overview of
Indias current status both as a nation and in its
larger regional and international community sense.
Her presentation was excellent and provided the
students with wonderful information before they began
more in depth research of the resolution.
fun aspect of SDI is small group time.
In todays small group time the students
participated in team building exercises.
It was an entangling experience to say
Heathers small group really had a hard time: