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Top Debaters in Novice and Professional Divisions at the LSUS debate tournament

SMU debate attended the largest tournament of the fall semester at Louisiana Statue University Shreveport this weekend (November 4-6) and had two of the top two competitors in novice and professional divisions. Sarah Mende was the top novice competitor among 69 student competitors from 20 different universities. SMU had a 57% win/loss rate in 42 […]

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SMU has two semifinalists at Lee College Debate Tournament

SMU debaters advanced to the semifinals of novice and junior varsity levels of the International Public DebateAssociation tournament at Lee College this weekend (September 23-25). Hailey Hazen advanced to the semifinals ofjunior varsity and Yazan Naseef advanced to the semifinals of novice. Eric Ryan and Hailey Hazen advanced to thequarterfinals of team debate on Friday. […]

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SMU Debate Director Leads Debate Workshop for High School Teachers in Nigeria

Dedman College News Dr. Ben Voth, Director of Debate at SMU led a team of debate experts train high school teachers across the state of Nigeria how to teach debate. 35 teachers were accepted to the program among more than 45 applicants. The five day workshop in Abakaliki, Nigeria attracted teachers from across the many […]

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SMU Wins First International Title in Debate

SMU senior political science and finance major, Ryan Booth of Alamo, California won the International Public Debate Association Championship at the 32nd International Forensics Association tournament held March 15 & 16. The tournament was scheduled originally to be in Mexico City before being moved online one month ago. Booth defeated seven opponents on his way to […]

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SMU Wins Three Championships at BPCC Eddy Shell Invitational Debate Tournament

SMU debaters Emma Waite, Eric Ryan, Brandt Vernon, and Ryan Booth won the team championship, varsity championship, and professional championship (February 20, 2022). They finished ahead of dozens of competitors from twenty universities such as Mississippi State University, Abilene Christian University, and Union University.   Eric Ryan finished as the #4 speaker overall in junior […]

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SMU has #1 Novice Debate Speaker in the Nation SMU overall moves up to #4 in the national debate rankings

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10 steps toward better presidential debating

The Hill Originally Posted: October 19, 2020 BY BEN VOTH, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR Presidential debates exist as a televised tradition since 1960 in the United States, but the Commission on Presidential debates (CPD) presented this year is horribly flawed and must be re-imagined. Moderators have evolved to be the center of attention rather than the candidates […]

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It’s Time to Reform How Presidential Debates Go

American Thinker Originally Posted: October 3, 2020 Amid the clamor and uproar of presidential debate number one on Tuesday night, moderator Chris Wallace invited the president to come and take his seat as the moderator.  Though meant in jest, the exchange was an important signifier of the ongoing struggle to have better presidential debates.  The responsibility for […]

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North Texas Political Science Experts React to 2020 Presidential Debate

WBAP/KLIF Posted: September 30, 2020 North Texas political scientist experts react to Tuesday night’s Presidential Debate. University of North Texas Debate Coach Brian Lane said moderator Chris Wallace wasn’t able to control them. “I felt for him. We were joking that Wallace should get hazzard pay for that kind of appointment,” said Lane. Lane said […]

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SMU Presidential Debate

Ben Voth, Director of Debate and Speech will host four Presidential Debate events outside on the SMU campus. Sept. 29, Oct. 7, 15, and 22. Events are open to the community. From 7:30-8pm, there will be a pre-debate lecture. 9:30- 10pm there will be audience discussion.