WDF 2012 Presentation List

Here's a list of current confirmed presentations, in no particular order. A few more presentations are in the works!

Debate Education and Management : Setting the Right Goals
Dr. Nor Asiah, Director of Student Development, International Islamic University

An overview of debate projects and structures run in Malaysia, with special focus on those conducted by the International Islamic University. Includes debates in the curriculum, debate tournaments for highschool and university students, at national and international levels. Presentation will emphasize lessons that can be learned and how to set up structures to encourage the growth of debate.

Debate and Discourse Amidst Conflict : A case study of Mindanao Debate
Gian Libot

An overview of the debate program in Mindanao in southern Philippines and the impact it has had there in terms of increasing discourse and bridging the conflict.

Spot An Argument
Anna Karolin

Spot an Argument! (Märka Argumenti in Estonian) was a project initiated by the Estonian Debating Society, which focused on raisin the quality of public debate and argumentation in Estonia just prior to elections. The project featured on-line debates in the biggest Estonian newspaper between debaters and heads of political parties. It also featured a blog analysing different demagogic articles in the media, free trainings for average people to learn about argumentation and demagoguery. The project was a huge success and some of its activities are still going on-- the online debaters, blog and the Estonian Debaters Society is constantly asked to rate public debates (for example prior to presidential elections).
The presentation focuses on explaining the success of the project and its applicability to other societies.

Debate and Political Engagement
Sharmila Parmanand, Co-CA Berlin WUDC 2013

There is increasing synergy among university debate organisations, the media, and youth activists in shaping public discourse in the Philippines. Student debaters, in partnership with NGOs and civil society groups, have been involved in voter education campaigns during elections and generating awareness and lobbying for the passage of crucial legislation such as land reform, freedom to information laws and reproductive health laws. This presentation explores opportunities for further collaboration across these spheres and beyond Metro Manila.

Debate Education for All - It’s Impacts
Logandran Balavijendran, Visiting Professor, Chung Ang University

For the last 5 years it has been mandatory for all students in the Business College of Chung Ang University (approximately 300 students) to undergo one semester-long debate course. This presentation looks at how the course was run (syllabus, evaluation strategies) and impacts on students based on PRCA (Personal Report on Communication Apprehension) surveys that were conducted at the start and the end of the course (with comparison to sample groups). Did debate reduce or increase apprehension towards communication among these students who primarily spoke English as a Foreign Language and could not choose their involvement in debate, and what lessons can we learn from it?

Debate and Journalism Workshops
Alex Dukalskis, Executive Director IDEA-US

Over the past two years, IDEA and the Open Society Foundations have conducted a unique series of debate and journalism workshops.  Regional in scope, seven such workshops have taken place in Thailand, Uganda, Moldova, Latvia, Kyrgyzstan, and Nepal and have featured about 250 students from 19 countries. This presentation will provide an overview of the unique curriculum of this series of workshops as well as discuss ways in which it may be adapted to other subject areas.

Debate Structures in Germany : The Platform for Berlin Worlds.
Manuel Adams, Communications Officer, WUDC Berlin 2013

Competitive debate at university level in Germany is organized in strong institutions. Almost all of the over 20 tournaments held in German every year are part of either the flagship series named ZEIT DEBATTEN or the Free Debating League (FDL). While the series—run by the umbrella association VDCH with over 70 member societies—provides a reliable platform for sponsoring and public relations, the league is a year-long competition made up of independent, mostly smaller tournaments. The WUDC Berlin 2013 benefits a great deal from this well-organized circuit.

Using Debate to Teach Public Speaking : Empirical Findings
Dr. Alfred Tuna Snider, Professor of Debate, Vermont University

Many universities either encourage or require their students to take a public speaking class. Based on the value of effective oral communication, this is an excellent policy. However, there are difficulties for students in that they are very anxious about public speaking because they find it to be a situation they are very unfamiliar with and because it is not very relevant to their future that they will have to make a 7-8 minute persuasive or informative speech, for example. The University of Vermont has redesigned its public speaking classes to include debating as the major speaking assignment. The result has been a reduction in speech anxiety, an appreciation for the way debate (specifically, WUDC format debating) models more real-life communications situations and that student evaluations have improved markedly. These results will be shared in the presentation.

Debate In China
Zheng Bo, Debate Advocate

This presentation provides an overview of debate development in China, largely in 3 parts
1) Development of debating in China
2) Comparing traditional Chinese Debating and English Debating, and the impact of English Debating on Chinese Debaters
3) Experience from China on how Debating serves as a supplement to conventional models of education

High School Debate Development in Iraq
Suthen Tate Thomas, DCA Koc WUDC 2010, Debate Advocate

The presenter will share his experiences running a course on debating involving high school teachers in Iraq. Highlights will be lessons learned and strategies for sustainability.

Introducing the new idebate.org
David Crane, Executive Director, IDEA-UK

The new idebate.org contains a range of great features designed to help debating societies gain more members, communicate with existing members, organise live events, take part in online video or text debating and form groups.  The site includes a social network allowing debaters to stay in touch with, learn from and share with other debaters.  It also contains a much expanded Debatabase that debaters can contribute to for the first time, plus online learning and mentoring facilities too.  Come to this session to learn how these features can be used to benefit you, your organisation and debating as a whole

Reaching Francophone Africa with Debate
Jules Fiatham, RESID.org

The African Continent’s history has left a legacy of a diverse, multilingual range of people living side by side. Considering the fact that that language is the most important pillar around with debate programs should be built, and that more than half of African countries use French as official language, RESID has focus its efforts since 2008 to introduce and promote debating in French Africa. This presentation will aim to draw attention to the inescapable need to expand the reach of debating in Africa, outline the current efforts of RESID in promoting debating in French and converge other debating communities’ interest in exploring and supporting debating in this part of Africa.

IDEA in South East Asia : An Overview of Debate Programs and Opportunities
Chirada Na Suwan, South East Asia Program Coordinator, IDEA-US

This presentation provides an overview of IDEA activities in South East Asia and will serve as platform to discuss ways to innovate or improve existing programs as well as solicit ideas for new programs and partners to cooperate with.