Sunday, April 20, 2008
A speech about what we know and don't know about the links between debate and educational outcomes delivered by Kate Shuster of the Claremont Graduate School in California. For more about Kate see http://betterworldconference.blogspot.com/2007/09/kate-shuster-to-keynote-at-2008.html
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From the 2nd International Conference on Argumentation, Rhetoric, Debate and the Pedagogy of Empowerment, April 2008, held at the Faculty of Administration, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Sponsored by Institute of Education Republic of Slovenia, World Debate Institute University of Vermont, and Za in Proti (ZIP) Slovenia. The next conference will be held in 2010.
You will need QuickTime from Apple installed on your computer to watch the video:
Friday, April 18, 2008
This is an exhibition debate staged at the 2nd International Conference on Argumentation, Rhetoric, Debate and the Pedagogy of Empowerment held in April 2008 at the Faculty of Administration, University if Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Government: Sam Nelson, Cornell USA, Alex Just, Oxford UK; Alfred Snider, Vermont USA, Omar Salahuddin, Multimedia Univ. Malaysia.
Opposition: Candace Williams, Claremont USA, Manolis Polychronides, Univ. Athens Greece; Sam Greenland, Univ. of Sydney Australia, Anna England Kerr, Ljubljana Slovenia.
This House believes that in schools testing is the enemy of learning.
Click to watch as a podcast, or right click to download
Learn more about the conference at
Now archived as a podcast, the quality is excellent, but you probably need a good connection to stream it quickly enough.
The film is called "Svetovci." This is a special word that indicates "world attendee" as well as "on top of the world."
This is in the Slovene language and documents the Slovenian team's triumph at the 2007 World Schools Debating Championship in Seoul, Korea. Lots of it is in English and it is fairly easy to understand even if you do not know Slovene. Congratulations to Sinisha Gachic who produced and directed the documentary.
You can view it or right click to download at
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Finalists pose after the debate in St. John Chapel at Howard & William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York.
Motion: The ICC should be allowed to recruit and fund a military force to make arrests of war crimes violators. (Approximate, sorry for the lack of detail.)
Link to the podcast is at
1. Harvard (1st Govt)
2. Claremont (2nd Govt)
Hart House-Univ fo Toronto (2nd Opp)
Oxford (1st Opp)