Lincoln Douglas Debate Workshop

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The morning lecture series covers philosophical approaches to value debate. Students will be exposed to discussions of classic, modern and postmodern philosophers and their relationship to value debate.

Following the morning lecture, students will spend time in their small lab groups. Students are placed in a group based on their experience level. In these groups students will discuss debate and argumentation theory, develop affirmative cases and negative strategies, and participate in practice speeches and practice debates.

Small workshop lab groups. Students spend more time in their small workshop lab groups. Students may spend time researching in the reserve collection or main library, reading mateial and constructing arguments or participating in practice sessions.

The evening lecture series covers the strategy and tactics of Lincoln-Douglas debate. Topics include everything from strategic case construction to advanced refutation and persuasion skills.


Several recreational opportunities are scheduled for the weekend.

On Friday evening, the students may participate in athletic activities or the workshop movie.

Saturday is usually reserved for several practice debates.

Sunday morning is free time for students to attend worship services or visit with family. Students may also use this time to relax or catch up on laundry!��

Conclusion of the second week
The conclusions of the second week of the workshop offers students a chance to try out the new arguments they have developed and the new skills they have learned in our workshop practice debates.

Sunday, July 10 - Sunday, July 23, 2011

About the Workshop

The 2-week Lincoln-Douglas Workshop provides the student an intensive, skill-specific experience on the 2011-2012 high school Lincoln-Douglas debate topic.


$1300.00 - Price includes room, board, tuition and the cost of photocopying done within the various squads of the workshop, but it does not include individual photocopying by a student.

Meet the Lincoln Douglas Workshop Staff

Our Lincoln Douglas staff is outstanding--the best in the nation! The staff will include nationally recognized debate champions in L/D debate and other nationally prominent high school coaches.

Outstanding Features

  • Each student will receive complete positions with evidence and analysis on a wide variety of values and value debate propositions.
  • Each student will receive affirmative and negative value arguments that can be used on virtually any topic.
  • We will attempt to place special emphasis on developing arguments useful to the proposed L/D topics for the upcoming year.
  • Instruction both in the techniques of L/D debate in analyzing values and value propositions.
  • Numerous practice debates and practice speeches critiqued by experienced coaches in L/D debate.
  • Instruction is offered at the novice and advanced levels.