[eDebate] World Championship Debate Vdeos now available

Alfred Snider alfred.snider
Mon Jan 5 08:55:45 CST 2009

Here are videos of some debates from the recently completed World 
Universities Debating Championships held in Cork, Ireland. 308 teams 
entered. 32 teams cleared, and 10 of those were from the USA (highest of 
any country). It was a truly amazing experience with parties, 
breakfasts, lunches, dinners, singing, dancing and most of all debating 
-- 9 prelims and then 4 elims with 4 teams in each debate.

For those of you who are wondering what this format is like, check out 
these debates. A topic is announced and they have 15 minutes to prepare 
by themselves with no coaching from anyone and no Internet. This format 
of debating is growing quickly in the USA.

If you would like to try it for yourself you should plan to attend the 
United States Universities Debating Championship to be held at the 
University of Vermont 3-5 April 2009. Registration opens January 14, 
there is no team cap, and we are expecting a very large draw. We will 
have judge and debater training before the tournament begins. We wil 
have meals, parties, and some awesome debates on our beautiful campus. 
Air connections are easy to Burlington, Vermont (BTV). Find out more at 
this website or send me an email

 From Ireland, we have:

Final round: This House would ban abortion at all stages of pregnancy. 
(Oh, those Irish!)
Monash University (Australia), Harvard University (USA), Oxford A & 
Oxford C (UK)

If you would like a different sort of motion, try the quarterfinal 
round: This House believes that the ICC should prosecute crimes against 
the democratic process.
University College Dublin (Ireland), Nottingham University, Oxford A & 
Oxford C (UK)

If you want to see a debate about war, check out the octafinal debate 
on: This House would arm militias to fight against the Taliban in 
Brandeis (USA), Nottngham (UK), Monash (Australia), University College 
Dublin (Ireland)

Alfred C. Snider aka Tuna
Edwin Lawrence Professor of Forensics
University of Vermont
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