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Operating as usual

04/02/2020

In light of developments in the COVID-19 outbreak, Georgetown University has announced its decision to move to an all-online environment for summer 2020. Unfortunately, this will include all on-campus conferences and camps, including the Georgetown Debate Seminar (GDS) and Georgetown-Dartmouth Debate Institute (GDDI) Fellows programs.

As mentioned in our previous update on March 12th, we have been hard at work preparing for this possibility, and, while we regret that we will be unable to host you in Washington, D.C. and Hanover this summer, we are committed to maximizing the pedagogical opportunities of the remote learning environment and retaining as many of the unique strengths of our programs as possible.

Highlights
- Tuition will be $4,000 for the seven-week GDDI Fellows program $2,000 for the three-week GDS policy workshop.
- Participants will be able to access Georgetown’s electronic library resources for the duration of the program in which they enroll.
- We will spend the next three months drawing upon the resources, experiences, and best practices of the virtual learning environment both at Georgetown and at the various institutions in which our teaching staff is immersed.

For more information, please check out our website or reach out to us at [email protected].

Georgetown Debate is monitoring the situation with the current coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) very closely, and wanted ...
03/13/2020
Georgetown Debate Seminar - Georgetown Debate

Georgetown Debate is monitoring the situation with the current coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) very closely, and wanted to update students and parents about our plans for the Georgetown Debate Seminar and the GDDI Fellows program.

Currently, we are in "wait and see" mode, with the hopes and intention that all programs will go forward as planned. Our campuses are focused on events in March and April, and will likely wait to make determinations about summer programs until there is more clarity about what the situation will look like by then. Until we have more information, we are proceeding under the assumption that programs beginning in June can occur as scheduled. You can see some of the precautions we will take for the health and safety of program participants below.

However, we also want to let you know that we are committed to hosting the camp, no matter what. Should the outbreak look likely to affect our ability to host on-site, or to create a significant negative impact on participation, we will provide an option for remote/online attendance. We are currently working with experts and putting into place infrastructure to facilitate this. We intend to keep essentially all aspects of the camp the same to the maximum possible extent, including daily real-time labs, practice debates, extensive instructor feedback, etc. We will release additional details about exactly what this would look like, including an adjusted price structure, as soon as we can. We will also be as flexible with our refund policy as possible given the developing situation, for both in-person and online versions of the program.

We are focused on ensuring the health and safety of our staff and participants. Measures that we plan to implement include the following:

- Coordinate closely with on-campus medical facilities and resources.
- Create a dedicated space for self-quarantine purposes if necessary.
- Provide hand sanitizer to every student and faculty member as well as make it available in common spaces.
- Limit large group gatherings in confined spaces; utilize smaller classroom-size gatherings as much as possible.
- Work to minimize physical contact like shaking hands.
Regularly sanitize all shared spaces.

This is not an exhaustive list, and we will continue to develop additional protocols over the coming weeks.

It is difficult to predict what may happen in the upcoming weeks and months, but we are committed to providing an safe, healthy, educational and enjoyable camp experience. You can expect to receive further information about the possible contingencies and how we plan to adapt over the next few weeks. In the meantime, we recommend that you stay up-to-date with recommendations from your local health agencies and from the U.S. government at coronavirus.gov.

In the meantime, we also recommend checking out our website for more information about our programs, including our excellent faculty: https://debate.georgetown.edu/georgetown-debate-seminar/

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us at [email protected]. We look forward to working with you this summer!

Information about Georgetown Debate's summer debate workshops

Georgetown Debate and the Dartmouth Debate Institute are excited to announce a new partnership and summer program beginn...
09/06/2019
Georgetown-Dartmouth Debate Institute Fellows - Georgetown Debate

Georgetown Debate and the Dartmouth Debate Institute are excited to announce a new partnership and summer program beginning in 2020!

We believe that there is a pressing need for an elite seven-week program that not only teaches debate skills, but effectively hones the high-quality, in-depth research skills, deep grasp of debate strategy, and individual and team habits that produce sustainable, championship-winning squads.

The Georgetown-Dartmouth Debate Institute (GDDI) Fellows program will occur in two phases:
First, three weeks at Georgetown: a phase of intensive, personalized skills development. Students will use a high-quality starting evidence set designed to facilitate advanced speeches and debates on a near-daily basis, interspersed with lab instruction and exposure to guest experts from D.C.’s unbeatable field of public policy professionals. In addition to fostering extensive personal improvement, this phase will instill a deep, first-hand understanding of what constitutes good research and good strategy, why they matter, and how to do them effectively.
Second, four weeks at Dartmouth: this phase adopts a “team” model with a rigorous research curriculum. Each lab produces a distinct evidence set, and progressively strategizes and innovates against the other labs’ arguments, culminating in a full-length tournament at the end of the summer. Students will, with extensive guidance and feedback from lab leaders and dedicated research staff, produce all evidence used during this stage. This model will teach students not only how to debate and research at an advanced level, but how to establish, contribute to, and lead a sustainable and successful squad, regardless of size.
This program also offers the opportunity to experience two elite college campuses, and all the resources they have to offer. Students will love both the nation’s bustling capital and the beautiful scenery of New Hampshire in the summer, and the contrast between the two!

Our faculty have track records of success at the highest levels of both high school and college debate. We have more exciting names to come, but confirmed faculty includes:
Shree Awsare, Director of Forensics at North Broward Preparatory School and assistant coach at Emory University
Alyssa Jean Fiebrantz, Director of Forensics at NSU University School
Lincoln Garrett, Head Coach at the University of Kentucky and assistant coach at Montgomery Bell Academy
Miles Gray, senior debater at the University of California-Berkeley and assistant coach at the Harker School
Brandon Kelley, Associate Director of Debate at Georgetown University
Mikaela Malsin, Director of Debate at Georgetown University
John Turner, Director of Debate at Dartmouth College
Anthony Trufanov, 2019 National Debate Tournament champion and assistant coach at Glenbrook North

For more information and to apply, please visit our https://debate.georgetown.edu/georgetown-debate-seminar/georgetown-dartmouth-debate-institute-fellows/.

Spartan Debate Institutes
07/04/2019

Spartan Debate Institutes

Jeff Abramson from Forum on the Arms Trade (and St. Marks debate alum) made a visit to HSS today to watch a student in-lab debate after speaking with the students earlier this week.Thanks so much for visiting the HSS!

We're gearing up for a great summer! In the next few weeks we'll highlight some special features of the Georgetown Debat...
05/22/2019
GEORGETOWN DEBATE SEMINAR

We're gearing up for a great summer! In the next few weeks we'll highlight some special features of the Georgetown Debate Seminar.

GDS LAB SPOTLIGHT: Quantum Lab with Darcell Brown and jon sharp

There are labs that train you to believe that manipulating the nuts and bolts of policymaking is the only skill that matters and there are labs that teach you that only arguments that begin with K are at all interesting or valuable. If that is what you are looking for, then look elsewhere. We are delighted to introduce the debut of Quantum Lab, the very first summer debate camp experience that is specifically designed to cultivate flex in your debating. Regardless of your preference for argumentation, this lab will ensure you refine your skills in the lane that you prefer while adding new components to your toolkit as well. This means that we will work on technical components of argumentation as well as give lectures on Kritikal literature that applies to the topic and how to properly introduce those claims into debates. The lab will be big on work, but just as big on fun and creating new experiences. You can’t say debate camp was fun if the only thing you leave with is new arguments.

Learn more at https://georgetowndebate.org

Elite Summer Debate Workshops

One week left to apply for the GDS!Our location in the nation's capital enables unparalleled access to topic experts and...
04/24/2019
GEORGETOWN DEBATE SEMINAR

One week left to apply for the GDS!

Our location in the nation's capital enables unparalleled access to topic experts and top thinkers in government, politics, and law. This year's confirmed guest speakers include:

Jeff Abramson – Senior Fellow at the Arms Control Association
Christina Arabia – ​Director of the Security Assistance Monitor at the Center for International Policy
Neal Katyal – Professor of National Security Law at Georgetown Law School; Partner at Hogan Lovells and former Acting Solicitor General of the U.S.

Learn more and apply now at https://georgetowndebate.org/

Elite Summer Debate Workshops

The Georgetown Debate Seminar and Spartan Debate Institutes have some exciting announcements about the 7-week Hoya-Spart...
03/06/2019
SDI Student Application | MSU Debate

The Georgetown Debate Seminar and Spartan Debate Institutes have some exciting announcements about the 7-week Hoya-Spartan Scholars program this summer!

New in 2019: Innovative Advisory Model

Students attending the Hoya-Spartan Scholars will be assigned an "advisor" from the faculty, with whom they will work all seven weeks. The advisor will help the student set goals, assess initial skill level in a variety of areas, and help build a curriculum designed to facilitate that student's specific areas for improvement.

This model enables small class sizes and provides individualized guidance, and guarantees that students will get to work with each of the talented faculty in the program.

The Hoya-Spartan Scholars will continue its tradition of having practice debates or speeches every day, while also developing critical research skills.

Full Faculty List:
Bill Batterman, Associate Director of Debate at Woodward Academy
Maggie Berthiaume, Director of Debate at Woodward Academy
Sam Grimsley, Debater at Trinity University
Brandon Kelley, Assistant Director of Debate at Georgetown University
Kenny McCaffrey,.Debate Coach at Glenbrook North High School
Will Repko, Head Debate Coach at Michigan State University
Abby Schirmer, Debate Coach at Marist School
Ezra Serrins, Debater at Michigan State University
Tyler Thur, Debate Coach at Michigan State University and Glenbrook South High School
Anthony Trufanov, Debater at the University of Kentucky and Coach at the Westminster Schools

Apply now at https://debate.msu.edu/debate/webform/sdi-student-application

Please review the information about student applications before proceeding. Make sure you have sufficient time to complete this application before you begin, as you may not return to fill the rest of it out at a later date and will have to begin again.

Great story from the Associated Press featuring the Georgetown Debate Seminar and HSS!
02/06/2019
Teens thrash out ideas at policy debate camps

Great story from the Associated Press featuring the Georgetown Debate Seminar and HSS!

For thousands of teens, the ideal summer camp has nothing to do with roasting s'mores over a fire. It's about devoting an intensive week or two — or maybe the entire summer — on a college campus, immersed in the world of policy debate. Researching and practicing arguments in a top-notch...

We had a very special guest on the last day of the Georgetown Debate Seminar! Georgetown Law professor and legal rocksta...
07/07/2018

We had a very special guest on the last day of the Georgetown Debate Seminar! Georgetown Law professor and legal rockstar Neal Katyal talked about his experiences litigating the travel ban and other major cases in front of the Supreme Court. We are so grateful he was able to spare time in his packed schedule!

The GDS had its field trip to sight-see around D.C. earlier this week — one student was so inspired by the Air & Space M...
06/29/2018

The GDS had its field trip to sight-see around D.C. earlier this week — one student was so inspired by the Air & Space Museum that he's now often spotted in his new space suit!

GDS Staff Demo Debate! Danielle Verney O'Gorman of the U.S. Naval Academy and Amar Adam of the University of Kentucky ar...
06/22/2018

GDS Staff Demo Debate! Danielle Verney O'Gorman of the U.S. Naval Academy and Amar Adam of the University of Kentucky are aff; Maria Sanchez of the University of Kentucky and Jason Sigalos of Emory University are neg.

Spartan Debate Institutes
06/21/2018

Spartan Debate Institutes

HSS 2018 is officially underway! Lectures today and then a practice debate tonight.

Spartan Debate Institutes
06/12/2018

Spartan Debate Institutes

It's debate camp season - HSS 2018 kicks off this weekend! Students will spend the first three weeks at the Georgetown Debate Seminar. Excited to welcome the HSS and SDI in East Lansing soon!

(pictured here: HSS 2017)

There's still time to apply! This year's noteworthy Georgetown Debate Seminar teaching staff includes the head coach of ...
04/25/2018
Georgetown Debate Policy Seminar

There's still time to apply!
This year's noteworthy Georgetown Debate Seminar teaching staff includes the head coach of Baker-award-winning North Broward team, Shree Awsare; director of debate at the Naval Academy and 2016 recipient of the "Coaching Excellence Award," Danielle Verney O'Gorman; National Debate Tournament champion and coach of subsequent NDT and NDCA championship-winning teams, Seth Gannon; and many more!
Learn more and apply at https://georgetowndebate.org

The GDS Policy Seminar The Georgetown Debate Seminar is an elite summer debate workshop that imparts the lessons and skills that helped Georgetown Debate win the National Debate Tournament in 2012 …

The Georgetown Debate Seminar is still accepting applications for all programs (3 week policy, Hoya-Spartan Scholars, pu...
04/05/2018
GEORGETOWN DEBATE SEMINAR

The Georgetown Debate Seminar is still accepting applications for all programs (3 week policy, Hoya-Spartan Scholars, public forum, and public speaking/argumentation)! Check out the options and apply here: https://georgetowndebate.org/

Elite Summer Debate Workshops

10/12/2017

The Georgetown Debate Seminar and the Hoya-Spartan Scholars have announced their dates for 2018!

The GDS will run June 17th-July 8th
HSS will run June 17th-July 8th at Georgetown and July 8th-August 3rd at MSU Spartan Debate Institutes

Please check back soon for more exciting updates!

Georgetown Debate Seminar
08/22/2017

Georgetown Debate Seminar

Georgetown Debate alum and National Debate Tournament finalist Ezra Louvis gives a lecture after dinner!
07/05/2017

Georgetown Debate alum and National Debate Tournament finalist Ezra Louvis gives a lecture after dinner!

Instructors Danielle Verney O'Gorman and Michelle Thomas kicked off the Georgetown Debate Seminar's July 4th with a deba...
07/04/2017

Instructors Danielle Verney O'Gorman and Michelle Thomas kicked off the Georgetown Debate Seminar's July 4th with a debate over the benefits and costs of US global leadership!

So excited to have Georgetown Law professor and former Solicitor General Neal Katyal presenting today!!!
07/03/2017

So excited to have Georgetown Law professor and former Solicitor General Neal Katyal presenting today!!!

This morning #HSS17 had the amazing opportunity to get a lecture from Neal Katyal - formerly the Acting Solicitor General and Dartmouth Debate alum. Neal Katyal has also argued many cases in front of the Supreme Court and spoke with the camp about the upcoming topic. So. Cool.

Hoya-Spartan Scholars at the Capitol Building!
06/30/2017

Hoya-Spartan Scholars at the Capitol Building!

Carlos Maza talks about the effects debate has had on his work for Vox and Media Matters for America!
06/30/2017

Carlos Maza talks about the effects debate has had on his work for Vox and Media Matters for America!

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