Wednesday, November 15, 2006

2007 Faculty Update

The following faculty members will be teaching at the 2007 Miami Debate Institutes:

Miami Scholars (5-week)

Alan Coverstone, Montgomery Bell Academy
Casey Harrigan, Michigan State University
Steve Mancuso, Miami University
Michael Risen, Montgomery Bell Academy
Tara Tate, Glenbrook South High School

Red Hawk (3-week)

Michael Maffie, Miami University
Nicole Serrano, Montgomery Bell Academy
Sarah Spring, Wake Forest University

We expect additional lab leaders to be added soon. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Join Our Facebook Group!

If you want to receive information on the upcomning summer workshop, please join our Facebook Group - "Miami Debate Institute".

You can see pictures from the last two summers, see the most up to date developments in our 2007 planning, and post questions and comments on our discussion board.

Join, and tell your friends.

Announcing our 2007 dates!

We're pleased to announce our dates for the summer of 2007.

The 3-week Red Hawk workshop will take place from June 24 to July 14.

The 5-week Miami Scholars workshop will take place from June 24 to July 28.

We are in the process of putting together our faculty and will post any developments to this blog.

The 2007 workshop will be returning to Dodds Hall for student residence.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Camp Movie Finished and Available

To watch a 20 minute movie featuring pictures from the 2006 Miami Debate Workshop click on the link in the left column of this blog that says "2006 Workshop Movie".

If any of you have additional pictures from the summer that you think I could use please let me know.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Final Round in Progress

The final round of the workshop tournament is just concluding. The four participants are:


Ovais Inamullah (Chattahoochee High School, GA)
Eli Jacobs (Centerville High School, OH)


Chip Stuart (The Heights, MD)
Alex Parkinson (Olathe Northwest High School, KS)


Alan Coverstone, Montgomery Bell Academy, TN
Dan Fitzmier, Augustana College, IL
Mike Risen, Montgomery Bell Academy, TN

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Student Demonstration Debate

On Monday night we held a demonstration debate by four students. The debate was about the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy of the armed forces. The affirmative advantage concerned eliminating the officially determined binary identity for GLBT. The negative counterplanned with having state supreme courts upholding same-sex marriages. They also ran a militarism kritik along with a defense of the increasing societal tolerance toward and legal victories of GLBT in society.

The four debaters were: Alex Parkinson (first affirmative), Eli Jacobs (second affirmative), Ivie Okundaye (first negative) and Ovais Inamullah (second negative).

Here are some pictures from the debate

Monday, July 24, 2006

Strategy Sessions

After a day in the library finishing up our research and argument writing, today we are conducting a series of strategy sessions that follow-up on our brainstorming sessions. Students are doing virtually all the coaching today, however, as they take turns discussing the arguments their strategy groups wrote.

Here is the group leading the strategy session on readiness impacts.

This is the group leading on Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

High-Fives to Tara's Research Group!

The Miami Scholars broke up into work groups of four this week to undertake our "7 Strategies" curriculum. Each group was assigned a major case Aff on this year's topic and worked together as a "squad" to develop a case negative...starting from the brainstorming aspect to file completion.

I just wanted to give a shout-out to the four workers in my group. We put out four off-case positions to the Draft Aff.

Amy Huang - Offshore Balancing CP to solve the terminal impact to readiness
Olivia Lui - 15 Months Enlistment Incentives CP (also a neg frontline to the Aff that uses 15-mos enlistment as their solvency mech as a bonus)
Ivie Okundaye -- Overstretch Good DA - Iran strikes
Mason Marshall-- Overstretch Good DA -- Germany troop pull-out good

The group also put out a draft neg with a tight solvency frontline, readiness adv frontline, social equities adv frontline, and some more politics links.

Way to go!!


Friday, July 21, 2006

Theory Demonstrations

We reached the end of our intensive theory 24-hours. We began last night with mini-debates. This afternoon we had seminars for every theory topic. Tonight we returned to the mini-debate format, this time informed by our seminars and arguments tailored to specific situations. Finally tonight, several students were chosen to represent their small groups in demonstrations in front of the entire workshop.

Throughout this process students worked with every member of the faculty, and in groups ranging from size 4 to 7. Every student gave at least 8 separate theory speeches.

Here are some pictures from the demonstration session tonight, including the students who were selected.

Ovais Inamullah, Chattahoochee, GA

Marc Legrand, Westwood, TX

Eve Samborn, Glenbrook South, IL

Yooni Kim, College Prep, CA

Pat Elwell, St, Ignatuis, OH

Ivie Okundaye, Neenah, WI

Mike Perbeck, Shawnee Mission East, KS

Olivia Lui, Sylvania Northview, OH

Theory Seminars

Still in our small groups, this afternoon the students rotated through team-taught theory seminars on the important theory topics we debated last night. Tonight we'll revisit those debates with more concrete applications to the topic. Here we are in the theory seminars - very intently engaged in the materials.

Here's instructor Tara Tate from Glenbrook South, IL.