Saturday, July 01, 2006

Red Hawk keeps learning!

The Red Hawk Institute spent yesterday listening to speaker position lectures. In true multi-media fashion, Paul Strait and Brett Wallace gave exciting power point lectures on the 1a and 2a that incorporated movie clips from the CSTV documentaries on college debate. 1A's learned such important lessons as building a 1AC to be clear and persuasive, to include well warranted cards, and to build 1ar's around fundamentals like embedded clash, selecting key arguments, time allocation, and efficency.
2A's learned that they are the captain of the aff ship, the core answers to make to every off case position,and how to effectively prepare before a tournament.

Later in the day, Sarah Spring gave her power point lecture on "The 1N: or how I learned to love the 2N." 1N's learned how to effectively prep for 1NC's by assembling the core parts of the speech before the 1ac even begins, and then how to write case "pimps."
Finally, I gave my lecture on the 2N where I discussed how to create comprehensive negative strategies, how to effectively use the 1AC cross-x to win the debate, and the principal of vertical depth.

All four lectures had a few common themes - "readers beat speakers," or the idea that preparing speeches in advance will make you a better debate; speed is your ability to communicate arguments successfully to a judge, or the idea that you can only go the speed that still allows you to be clear, persuasive, and flowable to the judge; "the 2 is captain of the ship," or the idea that 2a/2n control the direction of the debate, although the 1 should not be brushed off or belittled; funny jokes! (although, I am apparently the least funny since I had to ASK people to laugh at this -

This morning we had an amazing lecture from Dan Fitzmier on the functions of fiat and kritiks. Afterwards, students got to discuss specific kritiks, as well as generically winning on and beating kritiks, in their 6-8 person seminar groups.

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