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Team USA Debaters and Guest Judges

Team USA Debaters and Guest Judges

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PUBLIC DEBATE: Identity, Protest and the Future of the Struggle for Civil Rights

Presented by the Harvard-Westlake Debate Team & Team USA
with Special Guest Judges

January 18, 2016  |  4:00pm-6:30pm  |  Rugby Auditorium  |  Harvard-Westlake School  |  Open to the Public  |  Appropriate for All Ages

The 2014-2015 USA Debate Team at the Harvard-Westlake Tournament. January 4, 2015

The 2014-2015 USA Debate Team at the Harvard-Westlake Tournament. January 4, 2015

This is a free event that is open to the public. Although it is not required, we are asking that people fill-out a very quick registration form so we can get a count.

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Topic for debate:

This house believes that the politics of individual identity threaten the future Civil Rights movement.

As institutions that have been long considered leaders and allies in the Civil Rights movement (Universities, Sports, News Organizations, Hollywood) face protests against “business as usual” practices with regard to curriculum, pay, leadership, and free speech, many traditional allies of the movement find themselves concerned with the impact these protests will have on the continuing struggle for Civil Rights. From trigger warnings in classrooms to protestors shutting-out media coverage, critics worry that real change is being sold-out for the politics of narrow personal experience and ever-changing identities. Proponents of the current protests say that our traditional notions of free speech, media coverage and academic freedom cannot be trusted to pursue real change.

Our public debate will focus on the impact of the politics of personal identity on the larger civil rights movement. 

Judges, as well as the audience, will be asked to make a decision on the round. After the decision is announced, we are asking that judges take some time to participate in a post-round discussion with the debaters and the audience regarding their own thoughts on the issues raised in the debate.

Format

The debate will used a slightly shortened version of the 3-on-3 format used at the World Schools Debate Championships

A quarter final debate from the World Schools Debating Championships, held in Dundee, Scotland. The motion is 'This House Supports Free Immigration' England is proposition and Scotland is opposition This video is not my own. Scotland win the debate 4 -1

Schedule

Monday, Jan 18
3:00 Arrivals begin. Proceed to Rugby Auditorium.
4:00 Introduction of judges, debaters & the debate format.
4:20 Round begins.
5:10 Debate Ends - Intermission, while judges deliberate. 
5:25 Panel discussion - Judges give feedback, opportunity to introduce themselves, their organization, etc., addressing the whole group.
6:00 Meet and greet judges and Team USA. Snacks and drinks will be offered.

Location

Harvard Westlake School, Upper School Campus
3700 Coldwater Canyon Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604

 

Guest Judges

Kenya Barris
Creator, Blackish; Writer, America's Next Top Model, The Game, Barbershop: The Next Cut (Upcoming) (link)


Anne Haley Brown
Managing Assistant Attorney, City of Los Angeles; JD, Stanford Law School; Niece of Roots author, Alex Haley


Jeffrey Harleston
General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs for Universal Music Group (link)


Douglas E. Mirell
Vice President, ACLU of Southern California; Partner, Harder, Mirell, & Abrams focussing on enforcement of Civil Rights, voting rights legislation and First Amendment issues. (link)


Kimberly West-Faulcon
James P Bradley Chair in Constitutional Law, Loyola Law School; JD, Yale Law School (link)


This is a free event that is open to the public. Although it is not required, we are asking that people fill-out a very quick registration form so we can get a count.



About the Harvard-Westlake Debate Tournament
For three years, Harvard-Westlake has hosted largest and most prestigious high school-run tournament in California. It is, in fact, considered one of the most prestigious in country. The tournament is one of only eight tournaments are designated as an Octa-finalist qualifier to the Tournament of Champions (meaning placing in the top 16 earns you a leg to the TOC). Last year, our tournament also became an official “prep tournament” for Team USA - which represents the United States at the World Schools Debating Championships. 

About Team USA
Team USA is the officially sanctioned team according to the World Schools Debate Championships governing body and is managed by the National Speech and Debate Association. The USA Debate team represents the diversity of our nation. The National Speech & Debate Association wants to ensure all students have full access to the opportunities available as they compete for USA Debate, without being limited by individual economic circumstances.

About the National Speech and Debate Association
The National Speech & Debate Association believes communication skills are essential for empowering youth to become engaged citizens, skilled professionals, and honorable leaders in our global society. We connect, support, and inspire a diverse community of honor society members committed to fostering excellence in young people through competitive speech and debate activities.