Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2002-07-19

High school debaters from 10 states and the District of Columbia will arrive at Samford University Sunday (July 21) for the school's annual Summer Forensics Institute. About 75 debaters are expected to attend the two-week program July 21-Aug. 3.

Participants will learn and practice techniques related to both Lincoln-Douglas debate, in which individuals debate philosophical topics, and policy debate, which involves two-person teams.

Separate sessions will be held for teachers who will coach debate for the first time this year.

Debaters will research and debate topics related to mental health. They will put their new skills into practice during a two-day tournament at the end of the Institute.

Students from several area schools will participate, including Altamont, Fairfield, Hueytown, Jefferson County International Baccalaureate, John Carroll, Minor, Mountain Brook, Oak Mountain and Vestavia Hills.

Institute directors are Dr. Michael Janas, Director of Debate at Samford; and William Tate, Director of Debate at Montgomery Bell Academy, Nashville, Tenn.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.