Public Forum Debate

Public Forum Debate

What Judges Never Say

There is a line in the movie The Great Debaters, starring Denzel Washington, that speaks to the role of the judge in debate:

WHO IS THE JUDGE? The judge is God. WHY IS HE GOD? Because he decides who wins or loses, not my opponent.

Logos

Given that Public Forum heavily emphasizes persuasion, it makes sense to discuss some classical viewpoints on how audiences are persuaded. The Greek philosopher Aristotle is famous for his three rhetorical modes of persuasion--ethos, logos, and pathos. These terms may have been heard before. If not, do not worry.

Pathos

Given that Public Forum heavily emphasizes persuasion, it makes sense to discuss some classical viewpoints on how audiences are persuaded. The Greek philosopher Aristotle is famous for his three rhetorical modes of persuasion--ethos, logos, and pathos. These terms may have been heard before. If not, do not worry.

Ethos

Given that Public Forum heavily emphasizes persuasion, it makes sense to discuss some classical viewpoints on how audiences are persuaded. The Greek philosopher Aristotle is famous for his three rhetorical modes of persuasion--ethos, logos, and pathos. These terms may have been heard before. If not, do not worry.

Crossfire

The art of crossfire is probably one of the most under-appreciated aspects of debate. We will discuss some tips and strategies for dealing with crossfire in a way that frames the debate to a debater’s benefit.

Taking Full Advantage of the Coin Flip

A unique aspect of Public Forum is that the tab room does not determine the sides and speaking orders before each round. As such, the pre-round coinflip can have a big impact on the debate. Let us explore the reasons for this and how expert debaters can use this knowledge to their benefit.

Speaking Order

Research in Public Forum Debate

Teams should not overwhelm their case with evidence; rather, they should select the best evidence to represent their claims.

- NFL Guide to Public Forum Debate

Qualities of a Strong Public Forum Debater

Welcome to Public Forum Expertise! This is the first in a series of eight articles discussing how to become an expert at Public Forum debate. Public Forum is a relatively new event that is surging in popularity. It sells itself as a format that emphasizes persuasive communication. A big reason for its success is that it is accessible to participants of all backgrounds.

NFL Nationals PF Debate Rounds 13-16

2011 NFL Nationals Tournament Public Forum Debate Updates:

Round 13

In round 13:

Delbarton defeated Durham
Ridge MP defeated Parkview
Leland defeated University
Leland ?? defeated Nicolet or Cherry Creek
Ridge BW defated Nicolet or Cherry Creek
Monett vs. Bye

NFL Debate Topic UPDATE (PF December Topic)

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2010-2011 Policy Debate Topic

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reduce its military and/or police presence in one or more of the following: South Korea, Japan, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Iraq, Turkey.

 

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