[eDebate] The Great Debaters & Community Building - See: http://www.thegreatdebaters.org/

Timothy O'Donnell todonnel
Fri Dec 14 13:42:25 CST 2007


I am passing along the following message from Jeremiah Kittredge, a
former debater who has spent considerable time and energy the past few
months working with the NAUDL to forge connections between ?The Great
Debaters? and our various communities.  

There is little doubt that this movie will be consequential for public
understanding of intercollegiate debate while also offering
opportunities for intra-community dialogue and reflection.  Given my
interest and investment in Dr. Farmer?s legacy, I look forward to
sharing my perspectives on these issues in the near future.  I hope
others will do the same.  

Efforts to network our disparate selves are crucially important and I
encourage you to read his message, visit the site, and participate!

Warm wishes for the holiday season, 

- Tim


Dear fellow debaters,

If you've been watching TV, if you read the New York Times on December
5, or if you caught an episode of Oprah on November 26, you may have
heard about a Denzel Washington and Forrest Whitaker movie coming out
called *The Great Debaters*.  Inspired by true events, *The Great
Debaters* tells the story of the 1934 debate team at the historically
black Wiley College in East Texas. Denzel plays Melvin Tolson, the coach
who leads this underdog squad to combat racism in the deep south and
challenge Harvard's championship team.

As debaters, this is a story that we all know.  Debate helped us find
our voices and stand up as leaders, just as it did for the debaters at
Wiley.  We've seen a lot of bad debate movies come out over the years,
but this one has an inspiring story worth spotlighting.

Debate is a trajectory changing activity for urban students, and *The
Great Debaters *really speaks to the value of the activity in that
regard.   A website designed to drive a number of social campaigns in
support of debate  (and urban debate in particular) -
TheGreatDebaters.org - is worth sharing.

TheGreatDebaters.org has many ways you can get involved, both online
and offline, to help bring promote debate.  Now is the time to show the
country why debate is valuable.

It's also a great place to network with other debaters:  It has its own
social network, and on the site you can join a host of groups on
facebook, MySpace, YouTube, etc?.  Check them out at:

Most importantly, you can *enter to win passes* to an advance screening
in cities around the country.

TheGreatDebaters.org. Check it out now. And forward this email to your


Jeremiah Kittredge
Jeremiah DOT kittredge AT gmail DOT com

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Timothy M. O'Donnell
Director of Debate and Associate Professor of Speech
University of Mary Washington
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