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The Indiana University debate program will be holding our first callout meeting of the Fall 2014-2015 competitive year on Thursday September 4th in Woodburn Hall #116 from 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM (Flyer). Undergraduate students who are interested in advancing their skills in research, argumentation, public speaking, critical thinking and listening should show up to learn more about the opportunities of this program. With the support of The College of Arts and Sciences, The School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and the Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education, we are seeking students who are motivated and wish to take full advantage of their Indiana University enrollment by performing core aspects of a well-rounded liberal arts education through inter-collegiate debating. If you miss the first meeting, new members are encouraged to attend our weekly meetings on Thursday's at the same location (Woodburn 116) and time (8:00 PM to 9:30 PM) to hone in on their debate talents.

This year's debate team members will be prompted to engage in academic research and analysis of the 2014-2015 resolution: Resolved: The United States should legalize all or nearly all of one or more of the following in the United States: marihuana, online gambling, physician-assisted suicide, prostitution, the sale of human organs. Our students will learn about the difficulties of dealing with cross-jurisdictional issues in establishing legalization frameworks, philisophical questions about the purposes and meanings of life and death, as well as the power dynamics of the society as well as the justice system. We set a goal to produce students who our aware of political fissures while also gaining the confidence and skills to become engaged leaders in issues of civic concern.

Opportunities will also be available for public debates as well as the Intra-IU (all IU student) fall debate tournament held on November 5th.

iu debate team 2010-2011Would you like to help support collegiate debate at IU? Donate to our foundation account!

Help keep IU debate strong with a donation to our program. All funds will go into a foundation account specifically designated for the general use of the IU Bloomington competitive debate team.

Program Background:

Our program returned to the national competitive debate scene in 2009. Evidence suggests that the pre-1994 era, spanning the long 190 year history of the University's existence, had Hoosiers boasting of great success in forensics and competitive debate. After a 17 year lull of debate, a group of motivated students along with John Graham, the Dean of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, John Lucaites, chair of Communication and Culture and now the Associate Dean of A&S, as well as the Office of the Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education, helped to establish a coalition of the willing to revive a healthy culture of debate. With Support from SPEA, the vice Provosts office, the College of Arts and Science and Communication and Culture, we are building a strong and enduring movement towards making IU a cornerstone of the global debate community.

Do YOU wish to join Hoosier debate? Click on the recruitment tab on the left of your screen. If you are a former IU debater from our past, please take the time to click on the Alumni project. News and tournament results will be posted periodically throughout the season.

What does a year of debate experience produce?

The answer is unparalleled public speaking experience, in-depth research, argumentation, and critical thinking skills. From start to finish, team members will have opportunities to deliver hundreds of speeches with expert judges and coaches. Furthermore, this linked video of debate coach reactions to the 2010-2011 immigration topic, is just a taste of the inevitable knowledge you can obtain after only one year of debate.



Indiana University

Brian DeLong SPEA #323 1315 E. Tenth Street Bloomington, IN 47405-1701
Phone: (812) 856-7585

Last updated: 11 October 2014
Comments: brdelong@indiana.edu