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2017 Summer Debate Workshop - July 9-16, 2017

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Our fee is one of the lowest of any national workshop

About the policy debate workshop

The Baylor Debate Policy Workshop emphasizes research and skill development on the NSDA/NFL policy debate resolution for the upcoming season.

  • Labs and lectures are offered on the novice, intermediate, and championship levels.
  • Lectures are given by Baylor’s debate coaching staff, and by undergraduate debaters from Baylor’s nationally recognized intercollegiate debating team. Baylor’s coaches have published numerous scholarly articles on argumentation and debate theory, and have decades of experience in the debate activity.
  • Baylor’s low student-faculty ratio (10:1) allows the opportunity for extensive one on one interaction with one of the most outstanding teaching faculties of any summer workshop.
  • Students at the workshop can research in Baylor’s world-class library, and have easy access to the best electronic research available. In addition, students will receive complimentary access to AirBear, for conducting wireless research and for paperless debate practice!
  • Intensive practice sessions equip students with the experience necessary to improve their in round debating skills.

 

Date: July 9-16, 2017
Cost: $800

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One initial fee covers ALL costs of the workshop. There are NO hidden lab fees. Price includes:
  • room and board
  • tuition
  • Baylor Briefs and Communican debate handbooks
  • set of topic briefs (this allows us to begin practice debates immediately)
** Discounted rates for commuter students are available.

Cutting-edge debate instruction

Baylor has created a unique camp format for teaching policy debate to high school students. The goal of the policy workshop is to offer instruction in both “traditional” and “critical” styles of policy debate, with the ultimate aim of producing well-rounded debaters who are prepared to debate against any type of argument. Students who attend our workshop will be well-prepared to debate on the UIL, TFA or national TOC/NSDA circuits.

  • Students receive instruction at all levels of experience and with regard to the different styles of policy debate associated with each circuit (local, UIL, TOC, etc.)
  • Special instruction will be offered in researching policy propositions, as well as critical approaches to policy debate.
  • All students will receive extensive interaction with the Baylor Debate coaching staff.
  • All students will participate in no less than four fully critiqued debates, adjudicated by our workshop faculty and/or special guest critics
  • Students will receive extensive training in how to improve their own speaking abilities and how to get a competitive edge against their opponents.
  • Intensive practice sessions will provide the experience necessary to improve in round debating skills.

 

World-class staff
ANDREW BARRON
2-time NDT Qualifier for Baylor and 2013 TOC Qualifier.
KANAN BOOR
2nd Speaker in Policy Debate at the 2012 NSDA/NFL National Championships, and 4-time NDT Qualifier at Baylor.
DR. RICHARD EDWARDS
Professor of Communication at Baylor, author of the 2016-17 Baylor Briefs & Communican debate handbooks. Dr. Edwards is heavily involved in high school debate across the country, and directs the tabroom at NSDA/NFL Nationals, the TFA State Championships, and the Texas UIL State Championships.
SARAH EVANS
2-time NDT Qualifier for Baylor
DR. MATTHEW GERBER
Glenn R. Capp Professor of Forensics, and Director of Debate at Baylor. Dr. Gerber has been the director of the Baylor debate program, and the summer workshops, for the past 11 years. He has coached many successful high school and college debate teams over the course of his 20-year career in debate.
ALEC RAMSEY
2015 and 2016 Texas UIL State Champion in Policy Debate.
DR. SCOTT VARDA
Associate Director of Debate at Baylor. Scott has coached many successful high school and college debates in his time at Baylor and as an assistant coach at the University of Iowa and Florida State University.
ALAINA WALBERG
1st Speaker in Policy Debate at the 2014 NSDA/NFL National Championships.
PAYTON WOODS
Top Speaker and Final Round Qualifier at the 2016 TOC.
GREG ZODA
2-time NDT Qualifier for Baylor and 2014 TOC Qualifier.

2017 Workshop Information Letter

2017 Workshop Application

Baylor Debaters' Workshop/Baylor University
One Bear Place # 97368
Waco, Texas 76798-7368

Phone: 254-710-6917

E-mail:

matt_gerber@baylor.edu

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