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The relationship of intercollegiate debating to debating or argument as it occurs in civic spaces has always been a contentious issue since the start of competitive debates. In the early days of the communication field, William Hawley Davis and James M. O'Neill exchanged critiques of one...
Policy debate has radically evolved in recent decades, fueling tensions between the values of civic engagement and argumentative innovation. The result is a rapidly shifting landscape of formats and organizations with different pedagogical orientations. This fragmentation poses a dilemma to many...
Novice competition in college policy debate is undervalued as a means to expand the impact of debate for universities and the students they serve. By analyzing the structural barriers that exist for novice debate, it becomes clear that there is a need to change the institutional orientation of...
Given the number of intelligent, progressive individuals who claim to support making debate more inclusive, the slow progress toward making competitive policy debate a more welcoming and safer activity for women might be judged a collective failure. We ground our discussion in our experiences...
The debate about debate's inclusiveness has been prominent in scholarship and debate rounds as well for many years. Yet one significant group has not been included in those discussions: military veterans who return to school after serving their country. I argue that we should welcome...
The relationship between rhetorical and literary arts has been tenuous since ancient Greece. In the modern academy, rhetoric and poetics remain siloed, with problematic implications for speech and debate activities. I argue that literature is inherently rhetorical, and that the relegation of...
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