Stanford Invitational Tournament

Our summer 2017 schedule is now available and registration is open!

Beginner Public Forum Program

**This is a legacy camp which we no longer offer as a standalone session.  We have combined this session with the concurrently running 1-Week Introduction to Argumentation & Debate session to improve the experience of students beginning their career in competitive debate.**

A special session which is specially targeted towards novice public forum competitors. Students begin with the fundamentals and progress through the curriculum at a comfortable pace. The goal of this session is to have students who come in as beginners or near beginners functioning as mid to high level intermediate students by the time the regular session begins. Participation in the core session that follows is highly recommended. Students will practice individual speeches in addition to participating in full length practice rounds. The curriculum is designed to provide a steady progression from learning to craft a case and individual arguments and positions, and then full length debates. Foundational debate theory and practice will be covered, with a strong emphasis on students learning by doing rather than being talked at in lecture, although for the purposes of covering all necessary curricular material, some lecture will be incorporated into the program.


2017 Beginner Public Forum Program Staff Members Include:

Check back closer to the start of camp for details on our 2017 staff

We will continue to add additional staff members as enrollment and availability dictate. Details are posted on additional staff members as they are confirmed and as we have complete biographic information available. Staff listing may not be fully up to date or reflect all hires to date.


2016 Beginner Public Forum Program Staff Members Included:



Upcoming Sessions
* Tentative and Subject to Change

Session Grade Location Price Range  
Jul 16th - Jul 22nd 9th-12th Stanford University $1,350.00 – $1,650.00
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