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.

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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.