DDI 2017 Elective Descriptions

Elective Selection Form



Saturday 7/29 9:00am

Elective 11

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

Go for theory or lose - Lindsey Shook: Call out cheating. Stop letting negative teams fiat away your whole aff. Or lose.

Neoliberalism - Sean Kennedy: Do you want to read a viable neg strategy? This is the only one, so it might be worth checking out

The politics DA - Sarah Spring: Going for politics, answering it, we'll cover it all.



Saturday 7/29 10:00am

Elective 12

1ARs -- From Mediocre to Magic - Mikaela Malsin: A good 1AR doesn’t just recover from or react to the block – it makes the 2NR's life miserable. This is why 2A's complain that 1A's tend to get higher points, despite only giving one "real" speech. We will cover strategies for an effective 1AR as well as what to do when you feel buried in a bottomless pit by the block.

Answering Ks of Topicality - John Turner: Debating affs with tenuous relationships to the resolution is difficult, particulary 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.

Advanced Research #Protips - Sarah Spring: Beyond the basics, how to become a research wizard.

Creating competition against critical affirmatives - Lindsey Shook: Using examples from real debates we will work through a variety of ways to create competitive advocacies and criticisms against critical affirmatives.


Saturday 7/29 11:00am

Elective 13

Pragmatism, Dewey, and the American Educational System - John Turner: Pragmatism isn't just an synonym for being practical. Come learn about Dewey's pragmatism and the democratic potential of public schooling. Pragmatism provides a useful rejoinder to the idea that epistemology or ontology ought to be treated as prior obligations for resolving what we should do.

Decoding Theory Debates - Sarah Spring: Lost in theory debates? We'll break it down and make it so that you'll never lose to a theory argument (that you don't drop) again.

Don't Call it a Comeback - Jason Sigalos: Are you a slow 2A who drops DAs in your constructive? Have a 1A who never reads cards in their rebuttal? Never fear - 2ARs are made for new arguments and come backs. Learn how to spin your way to success and embarrass many a crafty 2N.

Foucault - Lindsey Shook & Sean Kennedy: ehh, why not? its relevant on every topic! introduction to foucault and application to debate.



Wednesday 7/19 10:00am


Elective 2



Privitizing Education: The Neoliberal Deluge - Jyleesa Hampton: Want to know more about education and the marketplace? Come learn how and why education is being contracted out. Looking at market principals in practice we'll talk about school choice, vouchers and charter schools amongst other topics

The 2NR- Sean Kennedy: How to give a 2nr and tips about cutting files and prepping arguments to set yourself up for final rebuttal success

Impact Turns - Jason Sigalos: Want to see terror in your opponents' eyes? Learn how to impact turn, craft strategies around them, and engage in counter-intuitive research.

Conditions Counterplans - Brian Klarman: There are a wide variety of counterplans that say the affirmative is good, but only under certain conditions. Those include consult, conditions, threaten, etc. This discussion will focus on strategically & theoretically debating those arguments




Wednesday 7/19 11:00am

Elective 3

The 2AR - Sarah Spring: The 2AR is the best speech in debate. Learn how to take full advantage of speaking last.

Extending T - Shree Awsare: Learn how to make judges hold the line and tell cheating affirmative teams to go home.

Impact Comparison - Mikaela Malsin: You are doing it badly. Want to do it better?

How to Beat Higher Rep Teams - Jason Sigalos: Do you have a round 2 preset against a top 5 team in the country? No problem. Let's have an in depth discussion of judge psychology, asymmetric argumentation, and in round maneuvering to debate the best of the best.

The Order is the K - Lindsey Shook: If you've ever managed to spread yourself out of your own 2nr in the block while only going for your one K in the 2NC this is the elective for you. I will talk about organization and argument packaging to make going for the K in the 2nc or the 1nr clearer, easier to flow and how to make those things useful for the 2nr. We will also talk about how to integrate smart case debate into the criticism debate in both the block and the 2nr. The days of the 6 min link wall overview or 5 mins answering the perm are over (or at least they should be). So come learn how some reorganizing of your blocks can insure you never hear the dreaded "there is no impact to your K" or "I just didn't think the alt was in the 2NR" decisions ever again.





Thursday 7/20 10:00am


Elective 4

Aff FW vs the K - Sean Kennedy: Come for the plan focus bad jokes, stay for the description of how to beat Ks without knowing anything about the literature.

2N Life - Mikaela Malsin: 2A's are overrated.

Answering Ks of Topicality - John Turner: Debating affs with tenuous relationships to the resolution is difficult, particulary 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.

Afropessimism Basics and Beyond - Jyleesa Hampton: Antiblackness 101 from the perspectives of your favorite Afropessimist theorist

Debating the Case- Sarah Spring : Don't just read impact defense on case. Let's defeat the case.


Thursday 7/20 11:00am


Elective 5

Writing a Counterplan - Brian Klarman : The negative gets fiat - let's use it. In order to correctly use fiat, you have to know how to read an article, write a counterplan text, and strategize with net-benefits and competition. We will practice writing counterplan texts and talk about research.

The States CP is awesome - Sarah Spring: Don't listen to the nay-sayers. The 50 states and all relevant territories should do the plan. Why the aff should have to clear this basic hurdle, and more...

Creating competition against critical affirmatives - Lindsey Shook: Using examples from real debates we will work through a variety of ways to create competitive advocacies and criticisms against critical affirmatives.

Plan Focus is for Twoobs - Jason Sigalos: Tired of reading critiques and losing on case outweighs? Want to figure out how to give a 2NR on just a critique argument? Can't seem to explain alternatives without judges getting upset at you? Give me your tired, your vague, your utopian alternatives yearning to endorse the plan, the wretched refuse of your teeming critique.

Lost in the Sauce: The Research Edition - Jyleesa Hampton: You have all the cards but don't know what args to make? Amongst other advice on tricks and tips on research this elective will focus on next steps once we have cut evidence/gotten together our resources. We will discuss how to organize them and form them into winning arguments as well as good principals for creating affirmative and negative strategies.


Monday 7/24 10:00am

Elective 6

Succeeding as a "Small School" - Shree Awsare: Coaching the underdog to elim rounds of national tournaments is my expertise. Learn how to topple giants.

Competitiveness K - Sean Kennedy: I promise this isn't just the neoliberalism bad K. I mean, it's not not the neoliberalism K, but its not just that

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.

Word PICs - Brian Klarman: One set of counterplans that never goes away is word PICs. While the differences between the plan and counterlpan maybe be just a few words, those words can make all the difference. Learn how to debate for and against words PICs, as well as crafting negative research and strategy that includes them.

Aff v. Politics - Mikaela Malsin: There used to be good politics DA's. Then the 2016 election happened. Learn how to defeat politics DA's with nothing more than your 1AC, a good cross-examination, and some logical analytics.



Monday 7/24 11:00am

Elective 7

Responding to Afro-Pessimism - John Turner: How should you approach answering arguments that anti-blackness is a political ontology that undergirds our world? We'll explore strategies (and approaches to research) that delve into the complicated relationship between liberalism, colonialism, slavery, social death, and anti-blackness.

Bless Up - Jyleesa Hampton: You Smart. You Loyal. I appreciate you.

The States CP is ruining debate - Lindsey Shook: Reject the team not just the argument. The goal in this elective is to teach you how to go for the states CP is bad without having to reread blocks, in the 2ar, and as a reason to reject the team - yes even when they kick the CP.

Crafting Negative K Strategy - Shree Awsare: Learn how to craft a coherent strategy centered around the K that doesn't make your judge want to give you a 27.5 and a L. We will cover the following: engaging the specifics of an aff, organizing and technically executing a powerful negative block on the K, making the correct 2NR choices, and discouraging you from reading your painfully bad K overviews.



Tuesday 7/25 9:00am

Elective 8

Reading a Courts Aff - Jason Sigalos: Want to learn about legal theory, precedent, the federal courts system and more? Figure out how to write a strategic Courts aff and get the most out of a domestic topic on the aff here.

Introduction to Counterplans and Counterplan Strategy - Brian Klarman: There are many different countrplans that can come up in many different instances. What are they? Why would you read each type? When would you go for them? Does the 1ac matter? How do you know when to extend a counterplan? How do you answer them? When can you blow them off? What other questions do we have?

Disability Studies and Education Policy - Sarah Spring: Disability is a critical facet of education policy. In this elective, we'll discuss the basics of Disability Studies literature and how these concepts will come into play on this year's topic.

Defending the State - Sean Kennedy: How to beat state bad K links from both a policy and critical perspective



Tuesday 7/25 10:00am

Elective 9

Succeeding as a "Small School"- Shree Awsare: Coaching the underdog to elim rounds of national tournaments is my expertise. Learn how to topple giants.

Unpacking Settler Colonialism in US Education Policies and Practices - Jyleesa Hampton: We will discuss settler colonialism and it's iterations in the history of Native Education in the US.

Cross-ex- Brian Klarman & Sean Kennedy: Cross-ex isn't just 3 minutes of wasted prep time. Rather, it is the only speech where you can directly question arguments. Learn how to defeat arguments that your opponent has made (or beat them on arguments that they haven't).

Topicality & Answering Topicality - Sarah Spring: How to debate topicality, focusing on how to best extend T and win.

Aff K Strategy - John Turner: How should you approach aff K strategy in choosing 1AC advantages, 2AC arguments, and planning rebuttal choices? We'll talk through different approaches to choosing how to respond to Ks using critiques of security/China threat as an example.







Friday 7/28 11:00am


Elective 10



Antiblackness and The Punitive State - Jyleesa Hampton: An exploratory conversation on the ways antiblackness has manifested in education contexts. Discussion topics include: Prison Industrial Complex, School to Prison Pipeline, and Standardized Assesment amongst others



Impact Turns - Jason Sigalos: Want to see terror in your opponents' eyes? Learn how to impact turn, craft strategies around them, and engage in counter-intuitive research.



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.



Conditionality. is. good.- Sarah Spring: The truth. We'll work on writing some 2NC blocks.