Monday, September 24, 2007

Lecture: Points of Information in Worlds Style

A lecture by Alfred Snider to University of Vermont debaters. Thanks to the Lawrence Debate Union for this.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Lecture: Case Building in Worlds Style

A lecture on case building in the Worlds style by Alfred Snider of the University of Vermont. Delivered to beginning debaters.

Frans van Eemeren to Keynote Better World Conference

Frans van Eemeren, perhaps the most noted argumentation scholar in the world, has agreed to be the keynote speaker in argumentation at the 2008 conference. Professor van Eemeren will also serve on the argumentation evaluation committee along with David Williams of Florida Atlantic University will also be on that committee.

Here is a description of Frans van Eemeren's background from

Frans van Eemeren is Professor in the Department of Speech Communication, Argumentation Theory and Rhetoric in the University of Amsterdam and director of the research programme 'Argumentation in discourse' of the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis. His research interests include argumentation theory and rhetorical and dialectical analysis of argumentative discourse.

Prof. Frans van Eemeren is internationally recognised researcher in the field of argumentation theory and rhetoric, as is visible by his numerous credits (keynotes, awards, guest professorships, translations into Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, etc.); Supervised 24 doctoral students who all graduated; Editor and member of editorial boards of a large number of international scientific journals (editor of Argumentation, the most important journal in the field) and book series (such as Kluwer Academic’s Argumentation Library); Chairman of theInternational Society for the Study of Argumentation (ISSA); Administrator and experienced programme manager who also has experience in leading and attending international educational programmes (among others DASA and University College Utrecht). Acting director of the Institute for Cultural Analysis and director of the research programme Argumentation in Discourse (ASCA). Currently he is also a Guest Professor at New York University.

His publications include Studies in Pragma-Dialectics (with Rob Grootendorst, eds., 1994); Fundamentals of Argumentation Theory. Handbook of Historical Backgrounds and Contemporary Developments (with Rob Grootendorst, A. Francisca Snoeck Henkemans and others, 1996); Logic and Argumentation (with Johan van Benthem, Rob Grootendorst and Frank Veltman, eds., 1996).

Find complete information about the conference at

Lecture: Flowing in Worlds Style

A lecture by Alfred Snider of the University of Vermont and the World Debate Institute.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

At Republican "Event" a Debate Breaks Out

Debatescoop is an organized attempt to get academic debate experts involved in evaluating and understanding the many debates surrounding the American political process. This is especially true of the presidential races now underway. I offer a huge congratulations to Ross Smith, Tim O'Donnell, Alan Louden and others working on this project.

Every day it is worth a look at

Check this story out, from

A Debate Broke Out
By Ross Smith 09/06/2007 02:12:17 PM EST
The format of the FOX News debate last night, 90 minutes, eight candidates, 60 second answers, 30 second "rebuttals" has been criticized as not really a debate, more an extended forum.

Last night a debate broke out: [see video]

How refreshing. Does it not leave you (whatever side you are on) wanting more? Does it not reveal the principals and the abilities of these two better than the regular format does?

Monday, September 10, 2007

Debate - BP Community Service for High School Graduation

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2007 Invitational Round Robin held at Hobat & William Smith College, featuring teams from McGill & Harvard (government) and Harvard & Yale (opposition).
This house supports requiring community service for graduation from high school.

Thanks to Eric Barnes for this video.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

University of Vermont Changes - good or bad?

This program starts the 2007-2008 school year and features a discussion of the many changes at UVM over the last two years and how the move towards "Fogel's Vision" has changed the overall experience at the University of Vermont.

Panelists this week include: Joseph Torda, Sam Natale, Alfred Snider, Carina Berg and Sam Ricker.

This is the first Flashpoint to be delivered via Google Video. Let us know what you think at

Monday, September 3, 2007

Tibetan Monks Debating

Several short videos here.

NAUDL Makes Presentation at 2004 Alliance for Excellent Education Meeting

This is a link to another server that is offering the video of the presentation made by the National Association of Urban Debate Leagues ( ) at the Alliance for Excellent Education meeting in 2004.

Here is what the NAUDL is saying about this video:

The NAUDL presented at the the Alliance for Excellent Education's second annual national conference on American high school policy, Preparing Today’s Leaders for Tomorrow’s High Schools, in October, 2004. The conference brought together over 100 of the top leaders on secondary education reform from around the nation. The NAUDL was one of only seven plenary presentations. Highlights included participation from three UDL alumni -- Margarita Morales (Newark), Jarrell Anderson (Baltimore, D.C.), and Carneil Griffin (Chicago) -- and Superintendent Marion Bolden (Newark Public Schools). Click on the AEE logo to view the 45-minute presentation.
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Debate: WSDC - Budva Open Finals 2006

PHOTO: Winning Croatia team celebrates

The final round of the Budva Open 2006 was held at the Queen of Montenegro Hotel just outside Budva in a lovely setting. The tournament had yielded these as the best two teams. Before a large audience, the media, and representatives of the Montenegro Education Ministry, Croatia debated Budva 1 on the motion, Brain drain should be regulated. The debate was a 3-0 decision for the proposition/affirmative.


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Video: National Public Policy Forum 2007

The Bickel and Brewer Foundation’s National Public Policy Forum is promoted and explained in the video below. It is a great competition and a great time. This is a short video put together by Bickel & Brewer and features a number of people who are involved in the event. Check out their website at


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