[eDebate] US Universities announces adjudication core
Sat Feb 21 10:41:45 CST 2009
With 40 days left, there are already 64 teams from the USA and Canada,
Israel, Slovenia, China and England. Many more coming. We expect to have
well over 100 teams.
These individuals will:
Design and stage debater briefing and judge training.
Design and stage adjudicator test and marking of a sample debate, using
this data to rank judges for placement.
Draw up motions for the tournament.
Evaluate debater and judge feedback on judges, influencing judge placement.
Determine breaking judges for elimination rounds.
Neill Harvey-Smith is proud to announce his core for administering US
Universities National Debating Championship to be held at the University
of Vermont 3-5 April 2009. The International Debate Education
Association is the major sponsor of this event.
NEILL HARVEY-SMITH - CHIEF ADJUDICATOR
Neill is a former World Championship grand finalist and won the John
Smith Memorial Mace in England & Wales and Scotland. He was Chair of the
Grand Final at the 2004 World Debating Championships in Singapore,
having previously adjudicated the Grand Finals of Worlds, the European
Championships, the International Mace. As a student he won around 25
inter-varsity debating competitions. He is also the current President of
the World Debating Council.
STEVE LLANO - DCA
Steve has been involved in debate since he was 15 years old,
participating in high school policy debate in the great state of Texas.
He attended Texas A&M University and helped to found their NPDA program.
Steve became the Director of Debate at A&M Consolidated High School
after graduation where his students achieved success in Lincoln-Douglas
and Cross-examination style debating at the state and national level,
qualifying for the TOC and winning the Texas state championship in cross
examination debate. Steve served as assistant debate coach at the
University of Rochester where in 2001 the team took first in the NDT
sweepstakes rankings. He has also worked as an assistant coach at the
University of Pittsburgh, and as a faculty member at the World Debate
Institute at the University of Vermont. He is currently an Assistant
Professor and Director of Debate at St. John?s University in New York
City. He was recently the Chief Adjudicator at the Cornell Debate
Tournament. Steve recently staged the first debate ever held in a
virtual reality, Second Life.
IAN LISSING - DCA
Professor Ian T. Lising is the co-author of the World University
Debating Championships Adjudication Guide and Member Emeritus of the
World Universities Debating Council. He was the co-Founder, Chair and
Coach of the Ateneo Debate Society (Ateneo de Manila University,
Philippines). Since 1999, Ian continues to serve as the Director of
Forensics and Faculty of the Speech Communication Department at the
University of La Verne. He has coached both the Ateneo and La Verne at
the WUDC. His teams have become World Octofinalists, Quarterfinalists,
Semifinalists, and Grand Finalists.
He is a six-time Grand Finals Adjudicator at the World University
Debating Championships (WUDC). He has also judged finals of the
Australasian Debating Championships, Yale, Oxford, Cambridge, CUSID B.P.
National, U.S. Universities, and All-Asian Debating Championships. Ian
served as the Chair of the World Debating Council from 2002-2008.
BETH CONNER - DCA
Beth Conner received a First in English from the University of St
Andrews and is currently studying law at City University in London. She
is a Worlds Masters finalist and has made the finals of 10 IVs in the UK
and Ireland, including the Scottish Mace final 2008. As a judge, she
broke at Worlds in 2009, judged the final of the World Universities
Peace Invitational Debate, the final of the Bar Council of Malaysia
Human Rights Debate 2009 and the semi- final of the English Mace.
J. SCOTT RODRIGUEZ - DCA
Since becoming Director of Forensics at CSU San Bernardino in 1990, J.
Scott Rodriguez has coached teams that have attended both the
Cross-Examination Debate Association (CEDA) National Championship
Tournament and the National Parliamentary Debate Association (NPDA)
National Championship Tournament, and was among those selected to judge
in the late elimination rounds at both of these organizations' premier
annual events. Since Dublin Worlds 2006, the CSUSB squad has converted
to Worlds Format, and have been represented in Dublin, Vancouver,
Bangkok and Cork. In July, 2007, Rodriguez became the first American
debate instructor ever to lead a delegation of US debaters to the
Australasian Championship Tournament, hosted by UT Mara in Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia. In recent years, Rodriguez has also judged at USU Nationals,
CUSID BP Nationals, the FLTRP Cup in Beijing, China and the Koc
University 2008 Invitational in Istanbul, Turkey.
ALFRED SNIDER - CONVENER
Alfred C. Snider is the Edwin W. Lawrence Professor of Forensics at the
University of Vermont. He has degrees from Brown University, Emerson
College, and the University of Kansas. He teaches courses in debate,
argumentation, persuasion and rhetorical analysis. He is the Director of
the World Debate Institute and the Lawrence Debate Union.
Dr. Snider has spent the last thirty-six years promoting debate and
critical communication as an alternative to violence and conflict as
well as a method for achieving real democracy and a true civil society.
He has done formal debate training in twenty-seven countries and has
trained debaters from over thirty-five nations at the World Debate
Institute?s sessions in the USA, Korea and Slovenia. He has directed the
debate program at international conferences in Turkey, Estonia and
Slovenia attended by scholars from over thirty-five nations.
Dr. Snider has received every major award given to debate educators in
the USA, including the Pelham Coach of the Year award, the Don Brownlee
Service to Debate award, the Ziegelmueller Debate Coaching award, the
Slappey Diversity in Debate award, the Douglas Dedication to Debate
award and the Jacobsohn Service to Debate award. His work in promoting
debate has also brought him awards from Emory University, the University
of Utah, Cornell University, Binghamton University, the University of
South Carolina as well as from the National Forensic League and the
Cross Examination Debate Association. In the last eight years he has
been very active in WUDC/BP format debate activities, and has six times
been the training director at the International Debate Academy held in
Europe in that format.
Dr. Snider had published five books on debating in the last five years
and during his career has edited or written over fifty volumes about
debating and for debaters. He is the host of the television program
Flashpoint that has over three hundred and seventy episodes and deals
with political and social issues. He was named 2008 Director of the Year
by Vermont Community Access Media for his work on this program. He
maintains one of the world?s busiest debate websites, Debate Central
(http://debate.uvm.edu), and is the editor of Global Debate
(http://globaldebateblog.blogspot.com ). He has pioneered using the
Internet and new media for debating.
Alfred C. Snider aka Tuna
Edwin Lawrence Professor of Forensics
University of Vermont
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