Student Seminar This Saturday, 9/24

The Chicago Debate League has a Saturday Seminar for Students on 9/24, this Saturday, 10am – 12pm, at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 25 E. Pearson St., Room 106.

This Seminar is for JV (first-year) debaters and inexperienced Varsity debaters. We will conduct the Mini-Debate Exercise on arguments from the CDL Core Files, focusing on these CDL Debater Development Benchmarks:

6.  Flowing

(a) Mechanics: structure of a flow, what is flowed

(b) Utility: how a flow is used and why it is used that way

7.  Responsiveness/Clash

(a) The principle of responsiveness in a debate (silence = assent)

(b) Line-by-line debating

Coaches need to register the number of debaters that they have confirmed will attend (numbers are enough, we don’t need names) by the end of the day, Friday, 9/23, by email to

We will have copies of the arguments from the Core Files on site — students do not need to bring their Core Files with them — but because of this, it is even more important than usual that we have an accurate “head count” in advance.

Coaches are welcome to attend to observe the Mini-Debate Exercise in action. Coach observation will count toward CDL professional development credit.

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