Public Forum Debate
Learn to speak and argue at Harvard University.
About the Workshop
We provide students of varying levels of experience with the opportunity to explore aspects of Public Forum Debate in a guided setting. From learning basics to advanced strategies, the workshop meets students at their current level and propels them to the next level. Individualized instruction focusing on skill development is provided to each student within a small group laboratory setting (6:1 student to instructor ratio). Students debate an average of 14 rounds (within lab, between labs, and tournament rounds). A workshop practice tournament is held the final two days to provide each student with competition experience.
Session One: June 25 through July 7
Session Two: July 9 through July 21
Experienced and dedicated coaches – working in concert with recent high school and college debate competitors – are committed to individualized student learning and personal improvement, enabling students to achieve their goals for the next year. This happens in a unique and rigorous ivy league atmosphere, inspiring students to achieve.
Sample Daily Schedule
8:30am Lecture (topic or strategy/technique)
9:30am Lab debrief, individualized instruction, student research and case creation
1:00pm Elective Lectures (medium groups)
2:00pm Lab debrief and individualized instruction, student research, case creation, block writing, practice speeches/debates
7:00pm Skills Classes (in small groups) or individualized case/research development
5 Key Skills Students Will Learn
1. Topic Analysis
2. Research Techniques
3. Case Construction
4. Debate Strategies and Techniques
5. Debate Tournament Experience
Knowledgeable faculty lecture on topic areas relevant to resolutions debated throughout the year as well as on key public forum strategies and techniques.
Past lectures include: Topic Analysis, Evidence and Ethics, Deontology/Utilitarianism, Weighing, Framework, Women in Debate, Inequality in Debate, and Human Rights. Past elective lectures included: Research, What Evidence Can’t Tell You, Environmental Impacts, Beginning Economics, Debating the Second Resolution, War Impacts, Judge Adaptation, International Relations, Economic Impacts, Logical Fallacies, Legal Arguments, and Debating the “ism’s.” Skills classes have included Crossfire, Delivery, Refutation.
After the first week, the workshop focuses on preparation for the tournament practicum. Two days are dedicated to intensive practice including interlab stop/start and redo debates as well as debates within lab. The final two days are devoted to the practice tournament. Throughout the practice tournament, the staff continues to find teachable moments – from modeling tournament practices, to encouraging students to refine arguments and techniques, to strategizing with students, helping them to improve their debating in each successive round. All students not competing in elimination rounds of the practice tournament will judge.
Number of Years at School: 11 years
Other Relevant Info:
Years Previously Taught at HDCSW: 3 years
School Affiliation: Lake Highland Prep
Title: Public Forum Debate Coach
Number of Years at School: 10
High School/College Debate Experience: 4 years high school, 4 years college at Bradley University. Attended college on a debate scholarship
Coaching Experience: current period – 17 years (Montgomery Academy (Policy), Celebration High School (Policy and LD) , Lake Highland Prep (LD and PF) – also coached for three years after college
Other Relevant Info: Coached a semifinalist or finalist at one of the four national tournaments in each of the last 10 years. Two national champions (NSDA and CNAT), finalists (TOC twice, NDCA), semi-finalists (CNAT, TOC)
Years Previously Taught at HDCSW: 1
Years Previously Taught at other workshops: 16
Sara Beth Brooks
Peter Paik has been the Head Coach of Speech and Debate at University School (Ohio) for 15 years, where he also holds the Jarvis Chair in Religions and Ethics. He has coached all debate events, speech events and congressional debate. He coached the 2010 NSDA national championship team in Public Forum Debate. His Public Forum teams have placed in the top ten at the NSDA national tournaments in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015. His program has been awarded the School of Excellence in Debate in 6 of the last 8 years. He coached the Ohio state championship teams in Public Forum Debate in 2006, 2007 and 2015 as well as the Lincoln-Douglas state champions in 2008 and 2014. Peter will be joining the faculty of the Public Forum program at HDCSW for the first time in 2016.
Name: School Affiliation: The Bronx High School of Science
Title: Team Captain
Number of Years at School: 4 years
High School/College Debate Experience: 4 years of Public Forum Debate
Coaching Experience: Helped coach middle school students for 4 years through the NYC Urban Debate League
Years Previously Taught at other workshops: 2 years (at middle school debate camps in NYC)
InstructorDOF. St. Francis HS. Coach of all formats of debate. Have coached PF teams to the elims and top speakers at major tournaments all over the country including UC Berkeley, Stanford, The TOC and NFL Nationals.
School Affiliation: University High School
Title: Captain of Debate Team
Number of Years at School: 4 Years
High School/College Debate Experience: Four Years of Policy and Lincoln Douglas debate
Lucia Yang attended the HDCSW in 2014 and 2015 as a student. We are thrilled to have her join the staff – the first of the Chinese students that attended the workshop to do so. She has participated in Public Forum Debate for the High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China for three years and has been the student leader of the debate team for the past two years.
InstructorSchool Affiliation: College Student High School/College Debate Experience: 4 years participating in Public Forum debate ● 1st speaker in NJ Public Forum debate. Since I became captain (2014-2015) and garnered the ability to travel and debate nationally, my experience includes: ● Top 32 internationally: International Public Policy Forum (Still ongoing) ● Octofinalist at Blue Key (TOC bid) ● Quarter finalist at Malcolm A. Bump Memorial Tournament ● Quarter finalist at Princeton Classic (TOC bid) ● 5th speaker at Princeton Classic ● Semifinalist at Ridge Debates (TOC bid) ● 3rd speaker at Ridge Debates
School Affiliation: Went to Newton South for High School, will be at the University of Chicago for College.
Title: Captain of Newton South Debate
Number of Years at School: 4
High School/College Debate Experience: Did PF for 4 years at Newton South. Ranked 6th nationally senior year.
Coaching Experience: Led novice practices every day my senior year of high school
School Affiliation: The Blake School (MN)
Title: Assistant Debate Coach
Number of Years at School: 1 year 2015-2016
High School/College Debate Experience: Debated at Edina High School for 4 years in policy debate, competed in college for 4 years at the University of North Texas
Coaching Experience: Assistant Coach at Blake, volunteer at the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance (DUDA) in college
Other Relevant Info: B.A./M.S. (2014 and 2015 respectively) in political science from the University of North Texas, currently applying to law school for fall 2016
Years Previously Taught at other workshops: 2010-2015 at the Mean Green Workshops in Denton, TX
School Affiliation: The Blake School
Title: Assistant Debate Coach
Number of Years at School: 1
High School/College Debate Experience: I debated and did individual events in speech at Blaine High School for four years
Coaching Experience: I was the assistant Public Forum debate coach at Blaine High School for two years before moving to Blake, and am the head coach for speech at Robbinsdale Cooper High School
School Affiliation: Bronx High School of Science Number of Years at School: 4
Coaching: PF at the Walt Whitman School in Bethesda, MA.
High School/College Debate Experience: Varsity, Debate Forum, grades 9-12 Coaching Experience: I worked as Novice Director my senior year, and helped teach 50 or so first-year debaters about public forum
School Affiliation: Enreach Education
Title: Debate and Public Speaking Coach
Number of Years at School: 1
High School/College Debate Experience: Participated in Public Forum in high school
Coaching Experience: 1 year as a coach at Enreach Education in Shanghai.
Bio: IHSA Varsity State Quarterfinalist in 2010, I’ve judged IHSA state for three years and also judged at other NSDA and Illinois local tournaments. I also have volunteered with William Fremd High School’s debate team (Palatine, IL)
InstructorCurrent: Archbishop McCarthy, Speech & Debate Coach (1 year) History: Policy debater at Groves High School and Wayne State University 7 years coaching experience: 2 years policy at Wayne State, 2 years parli in South Korea, 2 years public forum in China 3 previous years teaching at HDCSW (public forum, parli, public speaking and argument) 2 previous years teaching at JDI (policy)
Daniel C. Garrison
InstructorSchool Affiliation: Loyola University, New Orleans (Student) High School/College Debate Experience: Former debater at Holy Cross School (3yrs), 3 year public forum debater. Member of the United States world schools debate team or “USA Debate” Years Previously Taught at HDCSW: 1
School Affiliation: University of Chicago Lab Schools, Chicago IL
Title: Head Debate Coach
Number of years at school: 2
Debate experience: 4 years high school policy debate at Maine East, Park Ridge Illinois. 2 years college debate in modified public forum style, A. Craig Baird Debate Forum at the University of Iowa
Coaching Experience: 2 years policy coach at University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, 2 years public forum coach at William Fremd High School, Palatine IL.
Other Relevant Info:
Sonny has coached top speakers and teams to elims at several national circuit policy debate tournaments across the US, as well as coached teams to elims and finals at Illinois State championships in public forum.
2016 – Assistant coach of the year, Illinois Communication and Theatre Association
2013 – Oral presentation: “Debate as a graduate medical pedagogy,” AMSA National Convention medical conference, Washington DC.
2012 – Moderator, Public debate at the University of Illinois at Chicago on the Affordable Care Act, debaters included past presidents of the American Medial Association, Physicians for a National Health Plan, Chicago Medical Society, and the Rosalind Franklin School of Medicine