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How to Debate - May 16 - 1 to 4 p.m. - Nokomis Library

This month, we go over the courageous first debate attempt by students. We will learn more about the structure of a debate, what to do to prepare for a debate, and what you should be doing when your opponent is speaking. We will also talk about how to make an effective cross examination and rebuttal.

While we will be going over the previous meeting, you don't have to have been there to benefit. Even if this is your first "How to Debate," meeting, I'm sure you'll get some helpful tips, not only for a formal debate, but casual dialog with friends and family.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I learned a lot. Not having any background or training in debate, I was a bit nervous and didn't know what to expect but was very glad I attended. The last hour or so of discussion was most valuable to me.

    May 17, 2009

  • Ted M.

    Always a good and thoughtful bunch -- love that we help each other think through these tough talks!

    May 16, 2009

  • Jack C.

    Good discussion, interesting people, great instructor, lots of fun. The fact that many new people attend each month makes it hard for this to be a continuing class, though.

    May 16, 2009

  • Grant S.

    A dynamic and engaged group. Hopefully, they received as much enjoyment and learning as I did.

    May 16, 2009

  • Grant S.

    Learning to debate is not about becoming the aggressor. Debate is learning to defend your positions. Compare debate to fighting: you have street fighting, and strategic fighting that is taught. The street fight or debate is wild swinging and may become name calling. Strategic fighting or debate is aiming your punches to the right points of contact for maximum effect. You listen, ask the right questions, expose bad evidence, give counter reasons, and prove your point. Debate is civil engagement.

    May 8, 2009

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