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/.