[eDebate] Debate personal and confidential to tuna snider
Thu Sep 27 21:06:37 CDT 2007
Prof. Alfred "Tuna" Snider
University of Vermont
The Friends Select School in Philadelphia has asked me to serve as an
adjunct debate instructor this year for their fledgling debate program
which was started by jonathan kendall last year. They are a private
school located in the heart of downtown Philly with a very, very bright
student body. (Kevin Bacon is probably their most famous grad, class of
76'), so that's one degree of separation!
Anyway, I'm not sure what I'm dealing with yet, but I get the feeling
I've probably got a lot of inexperience or lack of experience on my hands.
Also, as you know, LD has pretty much replaced policy debate as the
debate du jour in high school, along with public forum debate, so i'm
pretty open to almost any concept for these guys including speech
events, since almost anything seems to be ok these days.
I'm doing a pretty close synopsis of notes from Branham's book and from
the websites, but any other materials or suggestions you have would be
great. I'm going to get in touch with Meany as well.
Also, I saw on the web about this wonderful thing you are doing with
Sexton, Wade, Shrum et al at NYU--I can hardly believe you all used to
judge me back in the day--you're all big shots now--and i wanted to say
you know that that debate league I used to run in philly for the bar
ass'n? you know that after we got a grant from the NFL and Jim
Copeland, the other grant went to Wade in Atlanta based on our program;
George Soros saw her program and that's how urban debate was born.
I'm indirectly responsible for founding urban debate in the united
states. i'm like the cow that kicked over the can, etc.
i feel as if that's really good karma, man.
sorry to be out of touch for a few years. i was mugged in 2001 and had
a broken wrist and two broken ribs; broke my right foot in 2002 and was
in right foot cast; and in 2003 feb was hit by a bus and was badly hurt,
blew out seven discs in my back and neck. the last one really took a
while to recover from. I basically closed my law practice and when I
passed the patent bar in 2002 became a fulltime consultant to the
biotech/pharma industry (i did grad work at penn in
biotechnology/molecular biology/biostat from the engineering school
joint with wharton).
this is pretty much the second year i've been ambulatory in a good way
in a few years so i apologize for being out of the loop.
i did the debate coaching thing for a while as an adjunct at american
for unger but we had a lot of participation problems down there. i
finally took a political job in 2000 and another one in 2002 and my
practice had done very well financially up to that point.
i'm really looking for ways to connect up with my past friends as well.
i'd really like to see you at some point and say hello and make sure
you're doing well.
am enclosing xmas cards of my kids. our daughter is 13, she's thinking
about debate, though she's mainly into sports right now.
you cannot overestimate the influence you and summers and meany and
seiler and all you debate guys had on me in my lifetime. debate was
like a key that opened all the doors for me. it also made sense of
everything, all the questions. now i'm 48 almost 49 and i finally
understand that true wisdom is this--i know nothing, but i question
it's very zen. empty my mind, and fill my cup sort of thing.
-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Size: 397 bytes
Desc: not available
Url : http://www.ndtceda.com/pipermail/edebate/attachments/20070927/3efd4f61/attachment.vcf
More information about the Mailman