The Penn State Speech & Debate Society made history at the annual Pennsylvania Forensic Association (PFA) Championship Tournament held Feb. 20-21 at Lafayette College.
The Penn State Speech & Debate Society is hosting a discussion on “Preventing Sexual Violence, Promoting Gender Inclusivity” on September 30 at 6pm in 129B-C, HUB. There will be a number of small group discussing the topic: How can we prevent sexual violence and promote gender inclusivity within classrooms, student organizations, and campus life?
University Park, Pa. — The Penn State Speech and Debate Society recently competed at the Lafayette Debates in Washington, D.C. and the Madison Cup at in Harrisonburg, Va. Qinglan Huang, a second-year student in the accelerated premedical program, and Collin Warren, a junior majoring in economics, advanced to the sweet 16 at the Lafayette Debates and took ninth place at the Madison Cup.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State Speech and Debate Society recently hosted the University of Pittsburgh for the 100th anniversary of the first debate between the two schools. Students from the two schools debated whether colleges should pay student athletes. Following a close debate, the Nittany Lions were successful and defeated Pitt on a 2-1 decision.
Next year, the Penn State Speech & Debate Society is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the creation of the women’s debate team. Given the anniversary, we have a limited number of one-time scholarships for incoming students. To be eligible, you must be a first year student during the 2015-2016 school year.
One hundred years ago, the debate teams from The Pennsylvania State University and the University of Pittsburgh met for the first time in school history. On April 9, 1915, students from Penn State traveled to Pittsburgh for a debate on the Monroe Doctrine. Penn State won on a 3-0 decision.
The Penn State Speech & Debate Society will be hosting Stephen Llano, the Director of Debate at St. John’s University, for a workshop on argumentation and debate on Wednesday, March 4 at 6:00pm in 209 Willard. If you are interested in learning how teams from Britain, France, China, Japan, and many other countries debate, as well as participating in the Speech & Debate Society, please invite your students to come and attend what should be a fun and engaging event.
Last weekend (Feb 14-15), the Penn State Speech & Debate Society hosted the Pennsylvania Forensics Association (PFA) state tournament. Qinglan Huang, a sophomore and second year member, was the 2nd overall speaker in Parliamentary debate, losing to a student from the University of Pennsylvania.
The Penn State Speech & Debate Society hosted the British national debate team on October 28, 2014 for a public debate on the topic, “Private political donations in the United States should be banned.” Melinda Formola and Jordan Todd defended the resolution. Their arguments centered on the role money plays in influencing Congressional politics and how to make politicians more accountable to their constituents.
Last weekend, the Penn State Speech & Debate Society competed in the Carolyn O’Keefe Invitational at West Chester, PA. Louie celebrated his birthday the way a debater should, by clearing to semifinals in parliamentary debate with his partner, Jordan Todd.