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Study Break

Webster Forensics and Debate Team Hosts, Wins Big at Study Break Tournament

December 03, 2018

Webster University students excelled at the annual Study Break Debate Tournament on Dec. 1, winning each of the four team and individual categories, as well as the team sweepstakes championship. In an effort to both provide an experiential learning experience and service to the collegiate debate community, each year the Webster University Forensic and Debate Team partners with the class POLT 1550 Introduction to Political Argumentation and Debate for the tournament, hosted at Webster.

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call for judges

Call for Judges for Two Forensic Debate Tournaments, Dec. 1-2

November 21, 2018

Webster’s Forensic and Debate Team is preparing to host two collegiate tournaments Dec. 1 and Dec. 2. As is always the case, locally hosted tournaments succeed with community support, which includes guest critics. Gina Jensen, director of the program, anticipates as many as 25 schools from states throughout the Midwest. There are two tournaments running concurrently: the Study Break Tournament and the Gateway Swing.

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Laurel Kratz

Forensic and Debate Team Nets 13 Awards in Opening Weekend

October 08, 2018

Webster University’s award-winning Forensic and Debate Team traveled to their first tournament of the season this past weekend at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri, and returned with a number of individual and team awards. The team’s 13 awards include a third place team sweepstakes award and two individual sweepstakes awards, along with three individual event championships.

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Shoe drive

Forensic and Debate Team Co-Sponsoring Shoe Drive This Week

February 05, 2018

The Webster Forensic and Debate team is co-sponsoring a shoe drive for the St. Louis Urban Debate League. Gently used and new shoes may be brought to Sverdrup room 243 until noon on Friday, Feb. 9, and to EAB 239 from 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, through 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. Please contact Scott Jensen, drive coordinator and a member of the St. Louis Urban Debate League Board of Directors at jensensc@webster.edu or (314-968-7439) for more information.

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call for judges

Call for Judges for Gorlok Gala Forensic Tournament

January 23, 2018

Webster University’s Forensic and Debate Program is hosting their annual Gorlok Gala tournament the weekend of Jan. 26-28. The team is still in need of judges. No experience is necessary; actually, it is ideal to have a pool of objective critics in order to provide a more sound, competitive and educational experience for the competitors. If interested in judging, please contact Gina Jensen, director of forensics, at jensen@webster.edu.

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News around Webster

Around Webster: Jensen on debate; Nomikos on Balkans; Rosen on sims in teaching; Wiggins on fake news

September 14, 2017

Scott Jensen published two articles in forensic journals and will present a paper next week. ... John Nomikos edited "Intelligence Beyond the Anglosphere: Mediterranean and Balkan Regions." ... Amanda Rosen published a journal article on using games and role-playing exercises to teach research methods in political science, and will present a workshop on the topic. ... Bradley Wiggins published an analysis of "fake news as a socio-cultural and political phenomenon."

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Student turnout for the Residential Life Debate Watch Party spilled over into a second building.

In the News: Jensen, Karins on debate; Shah on Brexit, Trump; Cross, Barnidge on terrorism

September 27, 2016

Gina Jensen was interviewed on debate strategy ahead of the first presidential debate, Journal news editor Jessica Karins was quoted in USA Today about student reactions to the debate, Sheetal Shah wrote an article on the psychology of movements behind Brexit, Trump and Wilders, Remy Cross discussed counter-terrorism measures on St. Louis On The Air, and Robert Barnidge wrote a column on religious ideology and characterizations of the motivation behind acts of terrorism.

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Webster hosted its first Vienna Debate Derby with three debate societies participating.

Webster Hosts 1st Vienna Debate Derby

April 22, 2016

The Vienna campus hosted its first Vienna Debate Derby, featuring three debate societies: Debattierklub Wien, the Webster University Vienna Debate Club, and AFA Debattierclub Wien. Even though this was Webster Vienna's first competition, its four teams performed outstandingly well for tournament novices. Students and faculty called it a successful introduction of Webster to the Vienna debate scene.

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Forensic and Debate Brings Home Two National Championships

March 21, 2016

Webster’s forensic and debate team brought home two national championships and several individual and team awards from the National Comprehensive Forensic Tournament, held this past week at the University of Kentucky. The tournament, sponsored by Pi Kappa Delta, the nation’s oldest and largest forensic honor society, included 84 schools and 700 students who were entered in over 2,400 individual and team events.

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A number of individual awards contributed to Webster's top finish in the MAFA Championship.

Forensic and Debate Team Adds More Awards at MAFA Championship

February 23, 2016

The Webster University Forensic and Debate team continued its strong spring with a number of awards, including the Missouri State Champion plaque, at the 2016 Missouri Association of Forensic Activities (MAFA) Championship Tournament, an event held on Webster's home campus in Webster Groves. Coach Scott Jensen also received the Distinguished Service Award from MAFA.

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Forensic and Debate Invites You to Be the Judge

February 05, 2016

The Webster University Forensic and Debate Program is excited to be hosting this year’s Missouri Association of Forensic Activities (MAFA) State Tournament Feb. 19-20 in the East Academic Building. Schools from throughout Missouri, as well as some programs from other states will participate. Community members are needed to serve as judges for the debate, speaking, and oral interpretation events.

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