Quantifying Skill in Lincoln-Douglas Debate by Sachin Shah

Note: this article was written about a month prior to the 2021 Tournament of Champions. A difficult question for the LD debate community is how a debater’s skill can be measured effectively. This article will explore objective skill estimation...

NSD Alumnus Zion Dixon champions the 2021 Tournament of Champions!

Congratulations to NSD alumnus Zion Dixon for championing the 2021 Tournament of Champions! Zion is also the first Black debater to do so in Lincoln-Douglas. Zion is a junior at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory and will be returning to NSD as a...

NSD PF first round of hires for summer 2021!

NSD PF is super excited to announce our first round of hires for this summer! Annabelle XingCaden DayEmily ShiGrace LuckettHattie BilsonIain LawKelly KongMalcolm DavisMarie LowryMatthew XingNeo CurrySam AzbelSam DavidsonSyon MansurZoe Kaufmann Stay...

Rethinking Phil Debate: How to reinvent 2011 arguments and make them strategic in 2021 by Animesh Joshi

In the last section of my two-part article, I discussed the decline of the “phil” style of debate in the LD meta. The previous article also explained some of the best parts of phil debate and why I think it’s valuable. That raises the question: What...

Rethinking Phil debate: why it’s declining and why you should care by Animesh Joshi

This article will analyze a recent trend in the debate meta: the decline of “phil” debate. In part 1, we’ll examine what “phil” debate roughly is and why debaters are employing it less often. To conclude the section, I’ll isolate a couple of reasons...

Summer 2021 Staff List!

NSD is pleased to announce our first round of faculty hires for summer 2021 sessions, and you can expect to see additional hiring rounds this month. We are excited to work with you this summer! If you haven’t...