Author: Benjamin Koh

Is Judging Good for You? by JP Stuckert

Is Judging Good for You? JP Stuckert I have, in recent posts, been trying to take up some of the questions involved in the claim that students benefit from participating in debate. These questions are, to a certain extent, familiar to us (though I hope to have made at least marginal progress toward addressing these questions in new ways). But one question which I have not heard seriously taken up before is what benefits judges may incur from judging debate rounds. Judges, of course, might be surprised to hear anyone suggest that they benefit from judging. When word spreads...

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Fiat and Radical Politics by Becca Traber

One striking trend in debate over the last few years is the pairing of an advocacy of radical, “kritikal” politics with a post-fiat policy option. In a “previous era,” the kritik was more uniformly opposed to policy making. Now, however, not only is it common to fiat when you are advocating radical or activist politics, it is also common to castigate debaters who are not. There are a lot of arguments about how any approach to radical politics that does not fiat a state action fails to prepare us for the real world of activism and is, essentially, intellectual...

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New Podcast! 20 Minutes in Top Lab with Tom and Becca Episode 1

NSD Top Lab Instructors Tom Evnen and Becca Traber are excited to launch “20 Minutes in Top Lab,” the newest podcast from the National Symposium for Debate. Each episode, Tom and Becca will discuss debate topics with an aim towards the national circuit; analyzing the contemporary debate issues of the day. On this episode, Tom and Becca discuss “Topical Version of the Aff” and the “Small Schools Argument” on Disclosure Theory. NSD 2018 Registration is open now at www.nationalsymposiumfordebate.com   Click here to...

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NSD 2018 Registration Now Open!

NSD 2018 registration is now open at www.nationalsymposiumfordebate.com NSD Flagship at the University of Minnesota: June 24-July 14 Executive Director: Tom Evnen Associate Director: Becca Traber NSD Philadelphia at Bryn Mawr College: July 15-July 28 Director: Benjamin Koh NSD Texas at the University of Houston: July 15-July 28 Directors: Chris Castillo and Jenn Melin NSD Public Forum at Bryn Mawr College: July 22-August 4 Director: Ben Kessler...

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What’s the Point of Advocacy Skills? by JP Stuckert

NSD 2018 Dates have been announced!  NSD Flagship at the University of Minnesota : June 24-July 14  NSD Philadelphia at Bryn Mawr College: July 15-July 28 NSD Texas:: July 15-July 28 NSD PF at Bryn Mawr College: July 22-August 4 It is common for debaters and coaches to justify or endorse the activity to others by speaking of “advocacy skills.” When I was debating for Strake Jesuit, our head coach, Mr. Jerry Crist, would often make the argument (both to freshmen who might join the team and, casually, to those of us who were already debating) that debate “teaches...

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