Sunday, April 20, 2008

Lecture: Kate Shuster Pedagogy Keynote 2008 International Conference

Kate Shuster with Zoran Jankovic, Mayor of Ljubljana, Slovenia

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

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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.


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Friday, April 18, 2008

Debate - BP Testing is the Enemy of Learning

Debaters pose before the event

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.

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Learn more about the conference at

Slovenia World Schools Documentary Now Online

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

Debate - BP HWS Final ICC Force

Finals from the 2008 Hobart & WIlliam Smith Colleges round robin. Govt: Harvard & Claremont; Opp: Oxford & Toronto. : THW establish an international force to arrest those indicted by the International Criminal Court.

Debate - BP Immunize All Children

Round five of the Hobart & William Smith round robin. Govt Portland State (USA) & Queens (Ca); Opp Hart House (Ca) & Harvard (USA). THW require immunization of children regardless of religious or philosophical objections.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Debate - BP HWS Final ICC Force

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)

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Debate - BP Women at War

This house believes that women should get an equal position in war with men.
Semifinal round at the International Debate Academy held in Slovenia in November 2007.

Lecture - Third Speakers in Worlds Format

Lecture delivered at the International Debate Academy 2007 by Neill Harvey-Smith.