January 22, 2001
Ceremony kicks off three-day
HS debate tournament
By Eric Rangus email@example.com
The Barkley Forum awards banquet will not only honor the Emory debate communitys most accomplished citizens but will also serve as a kickoff for the 46th Barkley Forum for High Schools (BHFS), Feb. 24.
About 1,200 students, principals and teachers from roughly 200 schools
as far away as Oregon and Washington will journey to Emory to participate
in the tournament.
They will include defending champions Glenbrook North (Ill.) and College
Preparatory (Calif.). Glenbrook North is one of the tournaments
most successful teams, having won titles in 198284, 1990 and 1992.
The three-day conference and competition will offer several tutorials
on the art and practice of forensics, as well as the debates themselves,
which will be organized into two formats: Lincoln-Douglas and Pelham.
Lincoln-Douglas debatesnamed for Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas,
whose mid-19th century verbal thrustand parry for an Illinois Senate
seat still has relevance todayfeature turn-taking constructive arguments,
cross-examination and rebuttal.
Pelham debates carry the name of Thomas Glenn Pelham, Emorys director
of forensics from 1960 to 1972. They involve two teams of two debaters
each debating both sides of a proposition (affirmatively and negatively)
in a cross-examination format.
The BFHS is just one of the Barkley Forums upcoming outreach activities
to high school debaters. The forum hosts several urban debate league (UDL)
tournaments (including monthly middle school tournaments), several of
those for the Atlanta UDL.
It is also teaming with Pace Academy, which is hosting a national UDL
celebration in April. At the end of that tournament, it will host a two-day
conference with different teams, teachers and administrators from UDLs
all over the United States.