[eDebate] Intl Debate Conference 2008 - keynote speakers
Mon Oct 22 12:36:14 CDT 2007
2nd International Conference on Argumentation, Rhetoric, Debate and the
Pedagogy of Empowerment
11-12-13 April 2008
The conference begins with registration at 1200 11 April 2008.
The conference ends with the closing ceremony at 1500 13 April 2008.
Last year over 120 people from 18 nations attended, over 80 papers were
presented. This year, we hope to welcome more people to lovely
Ljubljana. It is said to be the best city in Europe for ?lovers.?
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We are pleased to announce our keynote speakers.
In Argumentation: Frans van Eemeren, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Frans van Eemeren is Professor in the Department of Speech
Communication, Argumentation Theory and Rhetoric in the University of
Amsterdam and director of the research programme 'Argumentation in
discourse' of the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis. His research
interests include argumentation theory and rhetorical and dialectical
analysis of argumentative discourse.
Prof. Frans van Eemeren is internationally recognised researcher in the
field of argumentation theory and rhetoric, as is visible by his
numerous credits (keynotes, awards, guest professorships, translations
into Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, etc.); Supervised 24 doctoral
students who all graduated; Editor and member of editorial boards of a
large number of international scientific journals (editor of
Argumentation, the most important journal in the field) and book series
(such as Kluwer Academic?s Argumentation Library); Chairman of the
International Society for the Study of Argumentation (ISSA);
Administrator and experienced programme manager who also has experience
in leading and attending international educational programmes (among
others DASA and University College Utrecht). Acting director of the
Institute for Cultural Analysis and director of the research programme
Argumentation in Discourse (ASCA). Currently he is also a Guest
Professor at New York University.
His publications include Studies in Pragma-Dialectics (with Rob
Grootendorst, eds., 1994); Fundamentals of Argumentation Theory.
Handbook of Historical Backgrounds and Contemporary Developments (with
Rob Grootendorst, A. Francisca Snoeck Henkemans and others, 1996); Logic
and Argumentation (with Johan van Benthem, Rob Grootendorst and Frank
Veltman, eds., 1996).
In Debate: Omar Salahuddin bin Abdullah, Multi-Media University, Malaysia
Omar is a faculty member at Multi-Media University in Malaysia and is
recognized as the father of Asian debating. Omar first debated in
University [Leeds, UK] in the early 70s [He says, "Badly! Too much
manner and almost zero substance"]. Got involved as a coach/trainer of
Debaters in the National University, Malaysia [UKM] in the early 90s.
Teams that he has coached have won the Malaysian Nationals [Royals]
twice (UKM and UiTM], the All-Asians five times [UKM, MMU and UiTM] and
broken consistently at Australs.
Omar Salahuddin has also continued to debate: competitively, as a member
of 'Team CWD' on the "adult circuit" in Malaysia, as a member of Team
Malaysia [3-time winners of the All-Asian Masters competition, as a
member of 'Team Chaos' representing MMU in the Australs in 2003 [Lost in
1/4 finals to eventual Champions from Sydney] and in various exhibition
and Model debates.
Omar claims that his 'important skills' are: An ability to navigate by
sextant - day or night, having what it takes to make a mean Mexican
chili, competent woodworking skills, the 'kiss of the Blarney' and the
common sense to know when not to argue [with life-partners].
In Pedagogy: Catherine ?Kate? Shuster, Claremont Graduate School, USA
Kate has been a worldwide leader in understanding and applying active
methods in the classroom at various levels. One of her areas of emphasis
has been oral literacy and how it can be successfully taught. Kate has
eight recent books to her credit and a number of important works in
submission. She is perhaps best known for her efforts to promote
debating in middle schools. Her work in southern California to promote
debating in this age group has been matchless. The Middle School Public
Debate Program is the largest and fastest growing classroom and contest
debate outreach program for students in fifth through eighth grade.
Since its inception in 2002, more than 10,000 students from Southern
California communities have participated in the program, says Kate, who
teamed with Claremont McKenna College's John Meany to create the program
from scratch. Some of her work can be seen at
http://middleschooldebate.com/index.htm . Her classroom debate blog can
be found at http://teachingdebate.typepad.com/._
Kate was the USA National Debate Tournament champion in 1996 and has
been a driving force in the evaluation and critical reexamination of
debate practice ever since. Her pedagogical focus is demonstrated by her
comments about the middle school program's expansion into the Los
Angeles school district. ?This really is an opportunity to foster
leadership and critical thinking skills, and encourage civic engagement
among adolescents in the county?s most disadvantaged communities,?
Kate also has an outstanding reputation as a lecturer, and is known as
one of the most engaging speakers anywhere.
Alfred C. Snider aka Tuna
Edwin Lawrence Professor of Forensics
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