We are very happy to offer an outstanding two-week program, (June 26-July 11), for debaters in Public Forum in 2015.
UTNIF Public Forum workshops are designed for students of all skill levels. Students will be placed into the appropriate instructional group at the discretion of the Public Forum Curriculum Director. Students participating at the Novice and Intermediate level will be introduced to the foundations of argument construction, presentation and speaking, tournament preparation, and in round strategy. Students with greater experience in PF competition and ready to advance to the next level, will finely hone debating skills and work with the unique structure of the PF activity to develop strategic approaches to contest round victory.All students will give many practice speeches, have practice debates, rebuttal re-dos as well as stop/start speeches and debates.
Students attending UTNIF debate camps must be in High School or Middle School. We do not offer a curriculum serving elementary school students. In rare circumstances, we have accepted students who will be entering the 7th grade, although this requires permission from the camp director. Students must be at least 13 years of age to stay as residents in the dorm. Students entering the 7th grade who are not 13, may be able to attend as commuters, with prior permission from the camp director.
The Curriculum Director for our 2015 Public Forum workshop is Joseph Uhler of Anderson High School in Austin, Texas. Joseph has been the Director of Forensics at Anderson for the past twelve years. His students have reached elimination rounds at TFA State, UIL State, NFL Nationals, and the Tournament of Champions. In 2010, Joseph’s students Haydn Forrest and Shaan Heng-Devan, advanced to the final round of the Tournament of Champions in Extemporaneous Speaking. In 2011, Joseph’s student, David Engleman, won TFA State in Congressional Debate (House). Anderson consistently finishes in the top five overall sweepstakes at the UT Longhorn Classic, and, has finished in the top ten in overall sweepstakes at TFA State five of the past six years. Last year, Joseph’s Public Forum team of Lucy Tiblier and Finley Patterson was invited to the Harvard Round Robin. This year, two of his PF teams have bids to the ToC.
Additional Staff Include:
Rhonda Smith has taught for 25 years, having coached debate for 15 of those. She currently coaches at Plano West High School. This year, ALL SEVEN of Rhonda’s Public Forum teams advanced to the elimination rounds at TFA State. The Plano West Public Forum teams consistently advance to elimination rounds at highly competitive tournaments including Grapevine, Hockaday, TFA State, Harvard, and the NSDA National Tournament. This year, Rhonda’s teams won all three spots at the Lone Star NSDA District Tournament.
Vishal Vusirikala competed in Public Forum Debate for Plano West, graduating in June of 2014. He earned three bids to the Tournament of Champions by winning the Hockaday, Grapevine and Bellaire Invitationals. In addition to qualifying for the TFA State tournament three years in a row, Vishal reached elimination rounds at the NFL National tournament and the Harvard Invitational. Vishal placed second at TFA State, was invited to the Harvard Round Robin, and placed third in the International Public Policy Forum. He is currently a student at the University of Texas at Austin.
|PF Debate Camps||COST||DATES|
|Public Forum 2 Week Intensive
||$1850||June 26 – July 11
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For those desiring additional information about the PF Curriculum:
All students will participate in experience appropriate discussions and background seminars on rotating PF topics. Students will engage in skills development through practice debates, re-do speeches, and stop/start instruction. The goal is to train students to seamlessly incorporate sound argument and persuasion skills into contest round performance. Students will learn to how to incorporate evidence into their speeches without becoming dependent upon it. All students will receive the individualized criticism, encouragement and instruction they need to come away from the workshop much improved. Participants in UTNIF PF will have the chance to be heard and critiqued by judges and coaches from within the PF field as well as across the forensics spectrum. Students looking for a more challenging experience are welcome to attend both sessions of instruction.