Schedule

Registration for Presenters*
    • 15th September to 20th October
Registration for Participants**
    • 15th September to 10th November
*Presenters must register as forum participants before submitting their presentation for consideration.
**Out of 100 available places, 75 will be distributed based on a first-come-first-serve basis and the remaining 25 to ensure diversity. The 25 will be chosen based on those who registered within these dates. Registration deadlines may be extended beyond these dates if caps are not met. Registration is only complete when payment is received. 

The most updated presentation schedule will be shared on Google Documents

The presentation schedules will be as follows

  1. Each set will last 3 hours (Four 30 minute presentations, followed by an open forum on the topic area)
  2. The morning sessions (Set One and Three) will follow the following schedule
  1. Presentation 1 - 9 to 9.30
  2. Presentation 2 - 9.30 to 10
  3. Presentation 3 - 10 to 10.30
  4. Presentation 4 - 10.30 to 11
  5. Open Forum - 11 to 12
  1. The afternoon sessions (Set Two and Four) will follow the following schedule
  1. Presentation 1 - 2 to 2.30
  2. Presentation 2 - 2.30 to 3
  3. Presentation 3 - 3 to 3.30
  4. Presentation 4 - 3.30 to 4
  5. Open Forum - 4 to 5
  1. Breakfast will be served before the sessions (8 to 9am) and Lunch will be served between the sessions (1 to 2pm)


Set One : Debate Projects in Context: Leveraging Debate for Social Change

  1. 5th January, 9am to 12am
  2. Moderated by Alex Dukalskis

1

Debate and Political Engagement

- presented by Sharmila Parmanand (Philippines)

There is increasing synergy among university debate organisations, the media, and youth activists in shaping public discourse in the Philippines. Student debaters, in partnership with NGOs and civil society groups, have been involved in voter education campaigns during elections and generating awareness and lobbying for the passage of crucial legislation such as land reform, freedom to information laws and reproductive health laws. This presentation explores opportunities for further collaboration across these spheres and beyond Metro Manila.

2

"Spot an Argument! Märka Argumenti!!

- presented by Anna Karolin (Estonia)

"Spot an Argument! (Märka Argumenti in Estonian) was a project initiated by the Estonian Debating Society, which focused on raisin the quality of public debate and argumentation in Estonia just prior to elections. The project featured on-line debates in the biggest Estonian newspaper between debaters and heads of political parties. It also featured a blog analysing different demagogic articles in the media, free trainings for average people to learn about argumentation and demagoguery. The project was a huge success and some of its activities are still going on-- the online debaters, blog and the Estonian Debaters Society is constantly asked to rate public debates (for example prior to presidential elections).

The presentation focuses on explaining the success of the project and its applicability to other societies."

3

Under the Radar : Promoting Debate in Closed Societies

This presentation draws on one educator’s experience promoting debate in closed societies and will explore strategies for promoting debate in an environment hostile to democratic discourse and characterized by long-standing civil-conflict.

4

Debate and Discourse Amidst Conflict : A case study of Mindanao Debate

- presented by Gian Libot (Philippines)

An overview of the debate program in Mindanao in southern Philippines and the impact it has had there in terms of increasing discourse and bridging the conflict.

5

Open Forum on the Topic Area featuring the 4 presenters


Set Two : Improving Debate as an Educational Tool: Evaluation & Innovation

  1. 5th January, 2pm to 5pm
  2. Moderated by

1

Evaluating the Impact of Forced Debate Education

- presented by Logandran Balavijendran (Malaysia/Korea)

For the last 5 years it has been mandatory for all students in the Business College of Chung Ang University to do one semester of debate. This presentation looks at how the course was run (syllabus, evaluation strategies) and impacts on students based on PRCA surveys that were conducted at the start and the end of the course (with comparison to sample groups)

2

Using Debate to Teach Public Speaking - Emprical Findings

- presented by Dr. Aflred ‘Tuna’ Snider (USA)

Many universities either encourage or require their students to take a public speaking class. Based on the value of effective oral communication, this is an excellent policy. However, there are difficulties for students in that they are very anxious about public speaking because they find it to be a situation they are very unfamiliar with and because it is not very relevant to their future that they will have to make a 7-8 minute persuasive or informative speech, for example. The University of Vermont has redesigned its public speaking classes to include debating as the major speaking assignment. The result has been a reduction in speech anxiety, an appreciation for the way debate (specifically, WUDC format debating) models more real-life communications situations and that student evaluations have improved markedly. These results will be shared in the presentation.

3

Debate Education and Management : Setting the Right Goals

- presented by Dr. Nur Asiah (Malaysia)

An overview of debate projects and structures run in Malaysia, with special focus on the International Islamic University. Presentation will emphasize lessons that can be learned

4

Debate and Journalism Workshops

- presented by Alex Dukalskis (USA)

Over the past two years, IDEA and the Open Society Foundations have conducted a unique series of debate and journalism workshops.  Regional in scope, seven such workshops have taken place in Thailand, Uganda, Moldova, Latvia, Kyrgyzstan, and Nepal and have featured about 250 students from 19 countries. This presentation will provide an overview of the unique curriculum of this series of workshops as well as discuss ways in which it may be adapted to other subject areas.

5

Open Forum on the Topic Area featuring the 4 presenters


Set Three : Building Sustainable Debate Structures: Lessons & Challenges

  1. 6th January, 9am to 12am
  2. Moderated by Logan

1

High School Debate Development in Iraq

- presented by Suthen Tate Thomas (Malaysia/Korea)

The presenter will share his experiences running a course on debating involving high school teachers in Iraq. Highlights will be lessons learned and strategies for sustainability.

2

Debate Development in China

- presented by Zheng Bo (China)

This presentation provides an overview of debate development in China, largely in 3 parts

1) Development of debating in China

2) Comparing traditional Chinese Debating and English Debating, and the impact of English Debating on Chinese Debaters

3) Experience from China on how Debating serves as a supplement to conventional models of education

3

Debate Structures in Germany : The Platform for Berlin Worlds

- presented by Manuel Adams

Competitive debate at university level in Germany is organized in strong institutions. Almost all of the over 20 tournaments held in German every year are part of either the flagship series named ZEIT DEBATTEN or the Free Debating League (FDL). While the series—run by the umbrella association VDCH with over 70 member societies—provides a reliable platform for sponsoring and public relations, the league is a year-long competition made up of independent, mostly smaller tournaments. The WUDC Berlin 2013 benefits a great deal from this well-organized circuit.

4

Reaching Francophone Africa with Debate

- presented by Jules Fiatham (Cameroon)

The African Continent’s history has left a legacy of a diverse, multilingual range of people living side by side. Considering the fact that that language is the most important pillar around with debate programs should be built, and that more than half of African countries use French as official language, RESID has focus its efforts since 2008 to introduce and promote debating in French Africa. This presentation will aim to draw attention to the inescapable need to expand the reach of debating in Africa, outline the current efforts of RESID in promoting debating in French and converge other debating communities’ interest in exploring and supporting debating in this part of Africa

5

Open Forum on the Topic Area featuring the 4 presenters

Set Four : Debating Across Borders: Regional & Global Initiatives

  1. 6th January, 2pm to 5pm
  2. Moderated by

1

South East Asia Networking

- presented by Chirada Na Suwan (Thailand)

 

2

Introducing the new idebate.org

- presented by David Crane (UK)

The new idebate.org contains a range of great features designed to help debating societies gain more members, communicate with existing members, organise live events, take part in online video or text debating and form groups.  The site includes a social network allowing debaters to stay in touch with, learn from and share with other debaters.  It also contains a much expanded Debatabase that debaters can contribute to for the first time, plus online learning and mentoring facilities too.  Come to this session to learn how these features can be used to benefit you, your organisation and debating as a whole

3

- presentation about Debate on the Radio (Philippines)

4

- presentation by the Filipino Free Thinkers (Philippines)

5

Open Forum on the Topic Area featuring the 4 presenters


The General Schedule Is as Follows

4th January, Wednesday
    • 5 pm - Registration and Check in to forum accommodation, at the hotel 
    • 7 pm - Welcome drinks and simple opening ceremony at a nearby bar/restaurant or hotel 

5th January, Thursday
    • 8.30 am - Buses depart for Ateneo
    • 9 am to 12 pm - Morning Session - Competitive Debate
    • 9 to 9.30 - First Presentation
    • 9.30 to 10.00 - Second Presentation
    • 10.00 to 10.30- Third Presentation
    • 10.30 to 11.00 - Fourth Presentation
    • 11.00 to 12.00 - Open Forum on Topic Area
    • 12.00 to 1.30 pm - Lunch
    • 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm - Afternoon Session - Debate Education
    • 1.30 to 2.00 - First Presentation
    • 2.00 to 2.30 - Second Presentation
    • 2.30 to 3.00- Third Presentation
    • 3.00 to 3.30 - Fourth Presentation
    • 3.30 to 4.00 - Open Forum on Topic Area
    • 4.30 to 6.00 pm - Coffee and Networking 

6th January, Friday
    • 8.30 am - Buses depart for Ateneo
    • 9 am to 12 pm - Morning Session - Debate Advocacy
    • 9 to 9.30 - First Presentation
    • 9.30 to 10.00 - Second Presentation
    • 10.00 to 10.30- Third Presentation
    • 10.30 to 11.00 - Fourth Presentation
    • 11.00 to 12.00 - Open Forum on Topic Area
    • 12.00 to 1.30 pm - Lunch
    • 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm - Afternoon Session - Open Forum
    • 1.30 to 2.00 - First Presentation
    • 2.00 to 2.30 - Second Presentation
    • 2.30 to 3.00 - Third Presentation
    • 3.00 to 3.30 - Fourth Presentation
    • 3.30 to 4.30 - Open Forum on the future of the World Debate Forum
    • 4.30 to 6.00 pm - Coffee and Networking
    • Closing / Farewell 

7th January, Saturday
Check out at 12 pm - meet for breakfast in the hotel