Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2001-07-12

Samford University will host its 27th annual Summer Forensics Institute beginning Sunday, July 15. A total of 66 high school debaters from Alabama and eight other states will attend the intensive two-week program.

During lectures and labs, participants will learn the techniques of debate. Lecture topics include affirmative and negative cases, topicality, rules of debate and tournament procedure. Participants will study both Lincoln-Douglas debate, in which individuals debate philosophical topics, and policy debate.

Debaters will also research next year's national debate topic, U.S. nuclear policy. A two-day tournament at the end of the Institute, July 26 and 27, will enable debaters to put into practice what they have learned.

Alabama students who will participate represent high schools in Jefferson County, Birmingham, Hueytown, Vestavia Hills, Mountain Brook, Montgomery and Decatur. They will be joined by students from Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas.

Dr. Mike Janas, Samford director of debate, is Institute director.


About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.