DDI 2016 Elective Descriptions

Elective Selection Form


Saturday 7/30 9:00am

The 1NR: Underpaid and Overworked-Sarah Spring: FACT 2Ns are selfish. FACT 1Ns don't get the credit they deserve FACT 1Ns win debates. Not buying it? Come see how to give the best speech in the debate.

Reading a Critical Aff with a Plan-John Turner: Your friend the K aff with a plan is only mostly dead. Learn how to defend a plan but also critically interrogate mainstream assumptions in policymaking. We'll talk through how to construct such affirmatives and the strategic doors they open. Is this to blave? (to bluff) or true love...maybe both?

Never Forget-Chris Crowe: How to improve your debate memory to aid in the flowing and recall of arguments at a moment's notice.

Go For Theory -Dylan Quigley: If the CP just definitely solves all of the aff, it's probably cheating. Put your damn footdown or give me your 2A card.

Aff v. Kritiks -Mikaela Malsin: It’s a thrilling moment when the 1NC starts with “the order is 1 off.” Learn the basic toolbox that you will need to draw from against every kritik, specific strategies against particular K's (we'll focus on neoliberalism and security as major topic kritiks), and the fatal flaws of these types of arguments that you can exploit on the road to victory.


Saturday 7/30 10:00am

1NR-Shree Awsare: Learn how to give a 1NR that makes the aff sweat bullets.

Foucault & Neoliberalism-Sean Kennedy: A more focused discussion of neoliberalism from a Foucauldian perspective. We'll talk about both the theory itself, and discuss some specific applications in the context of China. This elective will help you cut/develop your own neoliberalism file by drawing distinctions between Marxist, Foucauldian, and other descriptions.

Flowing Bootcamp-Chris Crowe: We are not just going to practice flowing. We are going to Flowing Bootcamp.

Debating the Case-Sarah Spring: A lot of negative teams just read impact defense on case, we'll talk about how to actually defeat the case, definitively.
Human Trafficking and Sex Work in China and Taiwan-Lindsey Shook: Trafficking is a deceptively large part of this topic. It is a constant topic of engagement. It happens within China in the form of sex trafficking, forced labor etc. China is both a source and a destination country. Human trafficking will be an aff, a condition for the conditions CP, an impact when DAs need to answer critical affs and more. It is a difficult literature base with lots of seeming contradictions and legal concepts. I will explain what you need to know to debate the issue and what the best version of these arguments looks like. I will also answer all of your questions.

Saturday 7/30 11:00am

2AR-Sarah Spring: The 2AR should be the most fun speech in debate. Learn how to Houdini your way out of seemingly impossible situations.

Asking CX Questions-Ken Strange: We will cover what questions to ask, how to ask them, and how to use the answers in the debate. We will practice these techniques as time permits.

IR theory - this time I'll cover -Tracy McFarland: This elective will focus on all the things I didn’t cover in the IR theory lecture – including more suggestions about how to tie these theories to debate arguments.

Disambiguating Poststructuralism-Shree Awsare: Confused by big words? Annoyed when teams use phrases like "ontology," "cruel optimism," or "nihilism?" Know thy enemy so you can appropriately answer their arguments.

Intro to Free Trade Theory-Sean Kennedy: The TPP and "economic engagement" both involve issues related to free trade. This elective explores some basic theories underpinning trade issues, and should make cutting cards, debating, and even impact turning trade easier. Includes overview of both pro- and anti-free trade arguments.

Tuesday 7/19 11:00am

Writing a Case Neg-Shree Awsare: All of your opponents' affs are mediocre. Learn how to put together a case neg that assassinates affs that have no business existing.
Are the Chinese People Racist or Nah?-Jyleesa Hampton: Interesting elective about the Black and Chinese relations in US and China. The central questions of this seminar are How does antiblack sentiment manifested on the Mainland and for Chinese Americans
Aff v. Politics-Mikaela Malsin: Politics is one of the worst arguments in debate. Learn how to defeat it with nothing more than your 1AC, a good cross-examination, and some logical analytics.
Speaking Skills-Ken Strange: We will cover ways to be better debate speakers. Emphasis will be placed on finding your maximum efficient speed, being clear, and speaking in a way that writes the judge’s flow. Be sure to bring evidence to read.
Advanced Aff Theory-Chris Crowe: If you're tired of vague kritik alternatives and questionably competitive counterplans, this is the place for you.
2AC/ Back to Basics - Sarah Spring: If you're new to the 2A position or never written your own 2AC blocks, this is the elective for you.


Wednesday 7/20 10:00am

Impact Comparison-Dylan Quigley: Learn how to create a rich and interconnected vision of impacts in the final rebuttals that judges yearn to vote for. Though strategic concessions, powerful framing, and smarts learn the most cross-applicable skill set for any debater. Impact comparison is the definitive test of a debater's vision within a debate, a balancing act of tech and art.
Marx vs. K affs-Lindsey Shook: When you are sick of going for T but still only have limited time and energy to devote to researching specific critical affs. Marx can be a quick road to offense and provides nuance that a normal cap K can't.
Conditionality. is. good- Sarah Spring: The logic behind this truism. We'll work on writing some 2NC blocks.
Capitalism is the Best Alternative-Ken Strange:We will cover (and provide cites for) why capitalism is the best thing since sliced bread, including that it can supply enough bread (unlike the alternatives).
Elections – its all about the electorate -Tracy McFarland: This elective will focus on debating the uniqueness part of the debate on elections including key chunks of the electorate and how to win your poll is better than their poll.


Wednesday 7/20 11:00am

Aff FW vs K/Institutional Analysis-Sean Kennedy: This elective IS NOT about going for framework on the neg, or about “K’s are bad” as a theoretical/procedural argument. This elective IS concerned with how to make a framework argument on the aff so that you can a) tie the negative team down to a specific alternative b) make extending/defending a permutation easier c) generate solvency deficits/DA to the alternative. In particular, we'll focus on "institutional analysis” as a way of thinking about alternatives.
YOU SMART. YOU LOYAL. BLESS UP-Jylessa Hampton self-explanatory
Make the Elections DA great again!-Sarah Spring: the little plan, a totally overrated clown, who speaks without knowing facts, is not going to make the country great again. nobody beats elections. the little plan is truly dumb as a rock. #MaketheElectionsDAGreatAgain.
Nietzsche and Friends-Shree Awsare: Almost all K literature in debate comes down to re-interpretations of Nietzsche. When you stare into the abyss, the abyss stares into you.
2N Life-Mikaela Malsin: 2As are overrated.
Answering Ks of Topicality-John Turner: Debating affs with tenuous relationships to the resolution is difficult, particularly given the number that are designed to impact turn procedural arguments. We'll discuss defenses of procedure from political theory and legal and political philosophy. You'll learn to philosophically defend limits and procedural fairness.