Public Forum

Tuition — $1895 Commuter; $3295 Resident

Public Forum Registration

June 23rd — Resident Arrival

This year, students will be staying in the upperclass dormitory LXR. Information about the dorm can be found

Students should arrive between 12 & 6pm, but if they need to arrive at different hours, they should simply notify in advance.

Students are on their own during the day from the time of check-in until 7pm, when we will meet as a group in the dorm lounge.

General residential information can be found at our Resident FAQ that is provided by the Policy workshop.  Please note that all dorm supervision is provided by the Georgetown Policy Debate Workshop.

June 24th — Commuter Arrival, First Day of Class — 9am-6pm

*8am — Commuter arrival.  Commuter arrival will be at the ICC building  and our classes will generally be held here. Due to scheduling, there may be days when the classes are held in different buildings, and you will be notified by email and through this website if there is any change.

Please note that on the first day we ask Commuters to arrive at 8am in order that we can square away any paperwork and logistical needs.  In the future, students may arrive at 9am.

The following contains our academic schedule.  Please note that we will always make adjustments to the schedule based on the needs of our students desire to adapt instruction to their specific needs.  We generally find, however, that most students need substantial assistance in all of these areas.  Also, we generally find that most students do not fit cleanly into more or less advanced groups, as most students are stronger in some areas and weaker in others. Given these two realities, we will try to group the students as much as possible in given situations.

9: Workshop Introduction

10: Public Forum Debate – Purposes, Core Values, Academic gains, Competitive interests – Introductory discussion to PF that will be used to focus programming for the next 10 days. For advanced students, discussions of core values, academic gains, and competitive interests will lay the foundations for framework and topicality arguments they will develop later.

11: Topic lecture

12: Lunch

1: Lecture – Format introduction and review (beginners)
1: Lecture — Developing strategic contentions (advanced students)

2: Lecture – Introduction to card cutting and basic research (beginners)
2: Lecture –Advanced  research and types of card cutting (advanced)

3-6: Topic research

6:  Commuter pick-up

6: Resident dinner

7-9: Resident study hall with instructor (required for all)

June 25th — 9am-6pm class

9: Lecture – Adapting constructive speeches
10: Work on constructive speech writing

12: Lunch

1: Constructive speech presentations and analysis

2: Beginners continue to work on speeches, advanced students will start on cross-fire

3: Lecture — The Rebuttal speeches and applying the previous lecture

4: Lecture – Rebuttal block writing

4:30: Rebuttal prep

6:  Commuter pick-up

6: Resident dinner

7-9: Resident study hall with instructor (required for all)

June 26th — 9am-6pm class

9-12: Rebuttal prep and brief writing

12: Lunch

1: Lecture – Summary and Final Focus speeches

2: Debate prep

3-6: Beginners continue debate prep

6:  Commuter pick-up

6: Resident dinner

7-9: Activities with instructor (requires for students under 15)

June 27th — 9am-6pm class

9-12: Public Forum Debates

These are the first debates for more advanced students and anyone who is prepared and feels comfortable debating. Beginner students will watch.

12: Lunch

1-2: Debrief from Debates

2-6: Rebuttal, Summary, and Final Focus speech redos
(Debaters continue to work on improving their arguments as some students continue speeches)

6:  Commuter pick-up

6: Resident dinner

7-9: Fun activities on campus with instructor (requires for students under 15)

June 28th — 9am-6pm class

9: Lecture: Flowing

10: Lecture – Beginners start debates

Advanced students will watch debates and provide feedback. They will then discuss what they learned from watching and how that impacts judging.

12: Lunch

1: Lecture – Beginners continue debates.  Advanced students will have a lecture and discussion on judge adaptation

2-6: Practice debates and feedback (beginners)

2: Lecture — Framework and topicality (advanced)

3-6: Advanced techniques — add-ons, flex cases, changing cases based on first or second, set order vs flip.  Lots of tricks to play on opponents based on strategy.

6:  Commuter pick-up

6: Resident dinner

7-9: Study Hall (required for all)

June 29th — 10am-3pm class

9: Recap and review from the previous week

10: Advanced flowing and flowing practice

11: Lecture – judge adaptation

12: Lunch

1-3: Public Forum Debates

3-6: Activities with instructor, required for those under 15

6: Dinner

7-9: Activities with instructor, required for those under 15

June 30th — 9am-6pm class

9: Individual evaluative assessment

10-12: Skills electives

12: Lunch

2-6: Break-down students based on assessment to develop areas of strength and improve on areas of weakness

6:  Commuter pick-up

6: Resident dinner

7-9: Resident study hall (required for all)

July 1 — 9am-6pm class

9: Being a productive member of the debate community

10: Tutoring younger and less experienced students

11: Flowing & cross-fire practice

12: Lunch

1-5: Practice debates and speeches

6: Resident Dinner

7: Resident Study hall (required for all)

July 2 — 9am-6pm class

9: Participating in a debate tournament

10-12: Tournament Prep

12: Lunch

1-6: Tournament prep

6:  Commuter pick-up

6: Resident Dinner

7: Resident Study hall (required for all)

July 3 — 9am-6pm class

9-6: Public Forum debate tournament

Special dinner for Resident Students.

Activities with instructor

Resident students can depart the evening of July 3rd or the morning of July 4th.

Residents may check out either the evening of the 3rd or the morning of the 4th.
We will run weekend classes the previous weekend, because July 4th is a Thursday and it doesn’t make since to have class one more day on Friday after a day off.