The Barkley Forum traveled to Birmingham, Alabama on October 17-19, 2014 to compete at the Samford University Debate Tournament. Emory was represented by 7 teams. Congratulations to Paula Cheng and Brian Klarman for winning the tournament and to Greg Adler and Andrew Lockwood for making it to the Semifinal round! Greg Adler, Paula Cheng, Brian Klarman, Andrew Lockwood, and Yucheng Lu all won speaker awards at the tournament.
The Barkley Forum traveled to Lexington, Kentucky on October 3-6, 2014 for the University of Kentucky Debate Tournament. The tournament hosted over 115 teams and 110 judges from around the nation. Emory was represented by 5 teams in the Open Division.
Excellent work to all teams for a strong representation of the Barkley Forum and Emory! Congratulations to Mollie Fiero, Viveth Karthikeyan, and Jason Sigalos for winning speaker awards and to Mike Demers, Mollie Fiero, Dillon Hall, Viveth Karthikeyan, Kristen Lowe, Eric Marucs, Javi Reyes, and Jason Sigalos for clearing to elimination rounds!
Barkley Forum debaters, Milli Raina and Kyra Ward, traveled to James Madison University on September 23rd to participate in the 4th Annual JMU International Week Public Debate. Milli and Kyra were one of six teams from different universities to debate the resolution, "Local communities have, on balance, benefited from globalization," for an audience of JMU students and surrounding community members.
Congratulations to Milli and Kyra for their hard work and winning the audience poll for best team!
The 2014-2015 debate season for Emory officially began on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at Georgia State University!
The GSU tournament is one of the first tournaments for the national inter-collegiate competitive debate circuit. Over 170 2-person teams and 140 judges from colleges and universities across the U.S. participated in the competition. Seven of the ten teams Emory sent to the tournament won 50% or more of their debates.
Congratulations to Helena Kao for winning 5th place novice speaker and to Viveth Karthikeyan, Brian Klarman, Kristen Lowe, and Jason Sigalos for clearing to elimination rounds!
Eighteen Barkley Forum students retreated to Forrest Hills Resort in Dahlonega, Georgia, from September 19 to September 24. Students met with coaches Ed Lee, James Herndon, John Turner, and Stephen Weil for five days and nights. They cooked out, shared meals, and prepared for the upcoming college tournament season. Eight first year students joined ten returning upper-class students as they learned what it means to be a member of the Barkley Forum. Featuring presentations by Director of Community Programming James Roland and Executive Director Melissa Wade, students learned more about the history, programs, and mission of the Barkley Forum. Students also did research, explored the arguments of the new topic, and engaged in practice speeches in a lovely mountain setting. Watch here for regular updates on student accomplishments.