Debate Events

LINCOLN-DOUGLAS DEBATE (LD) & POLICY DEBATE

 

Lincoln Douglas is a preparation intensive, value based debate. Every two months we receive a resolution which proposes some value statement that requires one to weigh between and evaluate various moral systems. LD teaches students to think critically and evaluate the world around them. Examples of past resolutions are "Rehabilitation ought to be valued above retribution in the United States criminal justice system" and "The United States is justified in using private military firms abroad to pursue its military objectives." LD might seem somewhat daunting at first, but for those who stick with it, the rewards are great.

Policy debate is primarily focused on discussions of policies and laws that the United States federal government should pass. Though it has a reputation for being a difficult event, policy has a lot of room for creativity once one has a grasp of the basics, examples being playing music as an argument or providing evidence in the from of spoken word poetry. It requires a lot of quick thinking on the fly, helping to develop critical thinking skills that are necessary in all areas of life. Contrary to other debate events, the topic that we debate, or resolution, stays constant the entire school year, and this year it will be: The United States federal government should substantially curtail its domestic surveillance. If you are interested in things like NSA mass surveillance and those kinds of contemporary societal/economic/political problems, policy debate could be right for you! 

Varsity Captain: Albert Sun (12th) - alsunyu@gmail.com

Varsity Lieutenant Captain: Kabir Dubey (11th) - kabir.dubate.101@gmail.com

JV/Novice Captain: Pooja Tallapenini (12th) - poojat9999@gmail.com

JV/Novice Lieutenant Captain: Amanda Yang (12th) - amandayang555@gmail.com

Meetings: Wednesdays for Varsity, Fridays for JV/Novice. Tuesdays twice a month for joint meetings, all in room 9110.


CONGRESSIONAL DEBATE

 

Congressional Debate seamlessly merges both speech and debate. Modeled on our very own Congress, competitors prepare 3 minute speeches to either affirm (pass) or negate (fail) a bill on a wide variety of topics, from the minimum wage to the Syrian refugee crisis. The debating aspect comes in the one minute cross-examination period after each speech. Congress is a great event to gain a comprehensive understanding of a myriad of domestic and international issues, as well as gain speaking skills and argumentative strategies.

Co-Captains: Keshav Harnath (12th) - keshavharnath@gmail.com & Anish Bathwal (12th) - anish.bathwal1@gmail.com

Meetings: Wednesday Meeting in 9105 (Mr. Sommerville's Room) and Friday Meeting in 1214 (Mrs. Wilson's Room)

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PARLIAMENTARY DEBATE

Parliamentary Debate is a partner debate event which emphasizes knowledge of current events and the ability to create well-organized and convincing arguments quickly. It is unique among debate events in that it is the only event in which debaters have a different topic each round.  Participants have 20 minutes to prepare arguments on a resolution, using their own prior knowledge or other resources they have gathered. Topics vary from domestic to international issues, and can be on government policies, moral or philosophical issues, and much more.  The debate is structured with four 7-minute constructive speeches given on each side, followed by two 5-minute rebuttal speeches.  

Captain: Joyce Wu (11th) - wujoy707@gmail.com

Lieutenant: Hemakshat Sharma (12th) - hemakshat.s@gmail.com

Meetings: Mondays & Wednesdays (Rm. 1208)

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PUBLIC FORUM DEBATE

Public Forum is a two-person debate form. Over the years, Public Forum has evolved into an event that requires proficiency in appeal, well-constructed presentation styles, and advanced debate mechanics to be successful. Teams will debate resolutions that are released on a monthly basis. Typically, these resolutions are heavily centric on either United States domestic or foreign policy, in which teams will debate their merits and/or reasons for the policy’s implementation. The activity time culminates in approximately 35 minutes of total activity time. The pro traditionally speaks first and the con speaks second.  

Captain: Megha Bhagarva (12th) - megha.bhagarva@gmail.com

Lieutenant Captain: Sirsai Nachuri (12th) - srisainachuri@gmail.com

Meetings: Mondays & Thursdays (9110)

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