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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...
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!

GDS 2017
06/29/2017

GDS 2017

Hoya-Spartan Scholars do speaking practice as a group to kick off lab!
06/29/2017

Hoya-Spartan Scholars do speaking practice as a group to kick off lab!

Earlier this week HSS students visited the Supreme Court and got to see SCOTUS in action!!!
06/28/2017

Earlier this week HSS students visited the Supreme Court and got to see SCOTUS in action!!!

Georgetown Debate Seminar campers watching HSS-alums Jerry Wang and Raam Tambe in the finals of NSDA nationals!
06/23/2017

Georgetown Debate Seminar campers watching HSS-alums Jerry Wang and Raam Tambe in the finals of NSDA nationals!

#HSS17 watching #HSS16 alums, Jerry Wang and Raam Tambe (Penninsula), in the finals of NDSA. Good luck and congratulations!

Lab Leader Seth Gannon introduces a practice debate at the Georgetown Debate Seminar!
06/23/2017

Lab Leader Seth Gannon introduces a practice debate at the Georgetown Debate Seminar!

05/04/2017

Due to popular demand, we're accepting additional applicants and have extended our deadline!

Check out our incredible faculty and apply today at https://georgetowndebate.wordpress.com/

Join the Georgetown Debate team, Finalists of the 2017 National Debate Tournament, and our talented faculty this summer ...
03/29/2017
GEORGETOWN DEBATE SEMINAR

Join the Georgetown Debate team, Finalists of the 2017 National Debate Tournament, and our talented faculty this summer at the 2017 Georgetown Debate Seminar!

2012 and 2014 National Debate Tournament Champions

The Georgetown Debate Seminar combines engaging instruction by our nationally-renowned faculty with an unbeatable locati...
02/22/2017
GEORGETOWN DEBATE SEMINAR

The Georgetown Debate Seminar combines engaging instruction by our nationally-renowned faculty with an unbeatable location in the nation’s capital. Apply today!

2012 and 2014 National Debate Tournament Champions

Congratulations to the real Georgetown LK for qualifying to the National Debate Tournament! We're so proud.
02/20/2017

Congratulations to the real Georgetown LK for qualifying to the National Debate Tournament! We're so proud.

Join the Georgetown University Debate Team and our nationally-renowned faculty on the Hilltop! Apply to the 2017 Georget...
02/10/2017
GEORGETOWN DEBATE SEMINAR

Join the Georgetown University Debate Team and our nationally-renowned faculty on the Hilltop! Apply to the 2017 Georgetown Debate Seminar today!

2012 and 2014 National Debate Tournament Champions

Congratulations to Natalie Knez.  Top Speaker at the Dartmouth Round Robin!
01/23/2017

Congratulations to Natalie Knez. Top Speaker at the Dartmouth Round Robin!

Interested in working with the 2014 National Debate Tournament Champions, their coaching staff, and a host of other nati...
12/19/2016
GEORGETOWN DEBATE SEMINAR

Interested in working with the 2014 National Debate Tournament Champions, their coaching staff, and a host of other nationally renowned faculty this summer?

We are now accepting applications for the 2017 Georgetown Debate Seminar!

Dates are June 18th to July 7th.

Also be sure to 'like' our page to keep up with staff profiles and other important updates about the camp!

https://georgetowndebate.wordpress.com/

2012 and 2014 National Debate Tournament Champions

Congrats to KL for taking Place (2nd) at the Kentucky Round Robin! Natalie was 3rd speaker and Ezra was 2nd!
09/30/2016

Congrats to KL for taking Place (2nd) at the Kentucky Round Robin! Natalie was 3rd speaker and Ezra was 2nd!

Interested in working with the 2014 National Debate Tournament Champions, their coaching staff, and a host of other nati...
12/08/2015
GEORGETOWN DEBATE SEMINAR

Interested in working with the 2014 National Debate Tournament Champions, their coaching staff, and a host of other nationally renowned faculty this summer?

We are now accepting applications for the 2016 Georgetown Debate Seminar!

Dates are June 19th to July 10th.

Also be sure to 'like' our page to keep up with staff profiles and other important updates about the camp!

https://georgetowndebate.wordpress.com/

2012 and 2014 National Debate Tournament Champions

Seth Gannon lecturing GDS students on surveillance, including some thoughts on topicality for this year's topic. #HSS15 ...
06/29/2015

Seth Gannon lecturing GDS students on surveillance, including some thoughts on topicality for this year's topic. #HSS15 #GDS15

We made it inside! Nine students and staff from the #HSS15 sat INSIDE OF the Supreme Court as Justice Kennedy announced ...
06/26/2015

We made it inside! Nine students and staff from the #HSS15 sat INSIDE OF the Supreme Court as Justice Kennedy announced that same-sex marriage is legal in the United States! The rest of the camp was among the crowd!

Students and staff from #HSS2015 have been at the Supreme Court since 5:00 AM with hopes of getting inside this morning!
06/26/2015

Students and staff from #HSS2015 have been at the Supreme Court since 5:00 AM with hopes of getting inside this morning!

We're back! #bestfriends #keepingupwithKK #andjonathandoyle
06/25/2015

We're back! #bestfriends #keepingupwithKK #andjonathandoyle

Wild past two days at the Georgetown Debate Seminar. In 48 hours, our students have heard from: Tom O'Connor, FBI Agents...
06/24/2015

Wild past two days at the Georgetown Debate Seminar. In 48 hours, our students have heard from:
Tom O'Connor, FBI Agents Association Vice President,
Joshua Zive, Senior Counsel at Bracewell & Giuliani LLP,
Jason Patil, Federal Judge, former lead interrogator for Joint Operations Task Force in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Copeland Award winner,
Andrew Arsht, Top Speaker, Copeland, and Two-Time NDT Champion.

Now, a packed house of students are listening to Will Repko, coach of three NDT champions, give yet another engaging afterlab session. #onlyinDC #HSS #GDS

We are thrilled that Alex Lennon, Editor of The Washington Quarterly and NDT Champion, joined our staff for this summer....
06/16/2015

We are thrilled that Alex Lennon, Editor of The Washington Quarterly and NDT Champion, joined our staff for this summer. Here are some photos of his lecture on researching national security issues and surveillance policy. Great opportunity for our students!

Good news! Because of popular demand, we're accepting more applicants and have extended our deadline. Apply now to work ...
04/22/2015
Apply Now

Good news! Because of popular demand, we're accepting more applicants and have extended our deadline.

Apply now to work with the 2014 National Debate Tournament Champions, their coaching staff, and a host of other nationally renowned faculty!

https://georgetowndebate.wordpress.com/apply-now/

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