[eDebate] "performance" debate hits the media

Ross K. Smith smithr
Tue Dec 12 12:59:56 CST 2006

It was Gravity's Rainbow, not Strangelove, by the way. The error is not 
surprising since what NU was reading was never an issue.

On 12/12/2006 1:54 PM, Josh Hoe wrote:

> A funny aside,
> Would most of you have predicted that I was one of the judges in the 
> following two rounds mentioned in the article:
> 1. A similar Cinderella story unfolded at Fullerton, where Bruschke, 
> Warner's former classmate, had assumed the helm. Bruschke stumbled onto 
> performance debating in 1997, when his team faced top-ranked Emory 
> University at a tournament. Arguing the topic of how to deal with 
> unexploded mines in Vietnam, a Fullerton debater unexpectedly 
> transformed a discourse on Jean-Paul Sartre and personal responsibility 
> into a story about how she was molested as a child. "I had no idea what 
> she was doing," Bruschke said, but somehow she tied it all back to 
> mines. The audience was stunned. Fullerton advanced to the final four, 
> and Bruschke realized the power of personal narratives.
> 2. Another contest pitted a Fort Hays student dancing with a chair 
> against a Northwestern team reading the script of "Dr. Strangelove." The 
> topic was federal control of Native American land.
> "It was a wild debate," Shanahan said. "Strangelove" prevailed.
> Josh
> On 12/12/06, *Ross K. Smith* <smithr at wfu.edu <mailto:smithr at wfu.edu>> 
> wrote:
>     in the LA Times:
>     http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-debate12dec12,0,2804352,full.story?coll=la-home-headlines
>     and is picked up in the blogosphere:
>     http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2006_12/010378.php
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>     Wake Forest University
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Ross K. Smith
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