New Book: Speech and Debate as Civic Education

Announcing the publication of the book Speech and Debate as Civic Education, edited by J. Michael Hogan, Jessica A. Kurr, Michael J. Bergmaier, and Jeremy D. Johnson, with a Foreword by David Zarefsky.

From the publisher:

In an era increasingly marked by polarized and unproductive political debates, this volume makes the case for a renewed emphasis on teaching speech and debate, both in and outside of the classroom.

Speech and debate education leads students to better understand their First Amendment rights and the power of speaking. It teaches them to work together collaboratively to solve problems, and it encourages critical thinking, reasoned and fact-based argumentation, and respect for differing viewpoints in our increasingly diverse and global society. Highlighting the need for more emphasis on the ethics and skills of democratic deliberation, the contributors to this volume—leading scholars, teachers, and coaches in speech and debate programs around the country—offer new ideas for reinvigorating curricular and co-curricular speech and debate by recovering and reinventing their historical mission as civic education.

Combining historical case studies, theoretical reflections, and reports on programs that utilize rhetorical pedagogies to educate for citizenship, Speech and Debate as Civic Education is a first-of-its-kind collection of the best ideas for reinventing and revitalizing the civic mission of speech and debate for a new generation of students.

In addition to the editors, the contributors to this volume include Jenn Anderson, Michael D. Bartanen, Ann Crigler, Sara A. Mehltretter Drury, David A. Frank, G. Thomas Goodnight, Ronald Walter Greene, Taylor W. Hahn, Darrin Hicks, Edward A. Hinck, Jin Huang, Una Kimokeo-Goes, Rebecca A. Kuehl, Lorand Laskai, Tim Lewis, Robert S. Littlefield, Allan D. Louden, Paul E. Mabrey III, Jamie McKown, Gordon R. Mitchell, Catherine H. Palczewski, Angela G. Ray, Robert C. Rowland, Minhee Son, Sarah Stone Watt, Melissa Maxcy Wade, David Weeks, Carly S. Woods, and David Zarefsky.

You can find Speech and Debate as Civic Education on the Penn State University Press web site at this URL:

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NCA 2017 Schedule

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Wednesday, November 15

NIET Business Meeting
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Majestic 4, Thirty-seventh Floor, Sheraton

Thursday, November 16

National Parliamentary Debate Association Business Meeting
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Plaza Ballroom C, Third Floor, Marriott

The Legacy of Forensics: How Forensics Educators Utilize Their Coaching Skills to Lead Study Abroad Programs
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM Alsace, Third Floor, Marriott

Who, or What, is the Intercollegiate Debate Judge?
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM Champagne, Third Floor, Marriott

American Forensic Association Business Meeting
3:30 PM – 4:45 PM Plaza Ballroom C, Third Floor, Marriott

Friday, November 17

Our Legacy and Relevance: A Conversation about POC Mentorship in Forensics
Co-sponsored with: African American Communication and Culture Division, Asian/Pacific American Caucus, Black Caucus, La Raza Caucus, National Forensics Association, Pi Kappa Delta
8:00 AM – 9:15 AM Normandy A, Third Floor, Marriott

Critical Studies in Argument: Past to Futures
9:30 AM – 10:45 AM Plaza Ballroom C, Third Floor, Marriott

Building Debate into the College and University Culture: Strategies for Growing Teams across Campus and Curricula
3:30 PM – 4:45 PM Plaza Ballroom A, Third Floor, Marriott

Saturday, November 18

Mentor and Mentee Dialogue: Asking About the Foundation of our Forensics’ Teams Values and Philosophies
8:00 AM – 9:15 AM Plaza Ballroom C, Third Floor, Marriott

National Debate Tournament Board of Trustees
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Champagne, Third Floor, Marriott

National Debate Tournament Committee Meeting
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM Plaza Ballroom C, Third Floor, Marriott

Our Legacy as Competitors, Our Relevance as Critical Educators: Toward a Coaching Pedagogy in Collegiate Debate
3:30 PM – 4:45 PM Nice, Third Floor, Marriott

Sunday, November 19

“Do We Have to Speak Like That?” Potentials and Pitfalls of Forensics in the Basic Course
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Pearl 1, Second Floor, Sheraton