Many people separate intellectual life from practical actions and "take refuge in theory and think that they are becoming philosophers and will become good in this way, behaving somewhat like patients who listen attentively to their doctors, but do none of the things they are ordered to do. As the latter will not be made well in body by such a course of treatment, the former will not be made well in soul by such a course of philosophy."
-Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Book II, Chapter 4
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Sophie B Wright vs. Audubon.mp3
- The Debate Society was founded to build on the accomplishments of Ryan McBride's ongoing English Department service-learning program, "Aristotle in New Orleans," in which Tulane students study classical rhetoric and launch debate programs in local middle schools where over 95% of the students qualify for the assisted lunch program.
- Prior to the Society’s founding in the fall of 2009, there was no formal middle school debate in New Orleans. Currently, more than a dozen local middle schools regularly compete in our tournaments and have received teacher training from our program. We have also launched a thriving new citywide debate league.
- Kwame Anthony Appiah, the Laurence S. Rockefeller Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University, recently awarded the program an American Philosophical Association grant.
- The Middle School Public Debate Program is currently using our project here at Tulane University as a model as they implement debate projects at universities across the country, including Harvard, Stanford, and the University of Alaska.
- Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Mayor C. Ray Nagin have both honored Ryan McBride, the program’s founder and director, for working to revive debate in New Orleans.
- The program is generously supported by the Tulane Department of English, the Newcomb-Tulane College Dean’s Office, the Tulane Center for Public Service, the Tulane Office of the Provost, and the Tulane School of Law.
- Tulane students are deeply devoted to the program. Over two hundred Tulane students have taken part in coaching, judging, and organizing. A striking number of students choose to remain engaged with the program long after their service-learning semester is over.
- No program at Tulane offers students a better chance for engaged learning while developing meaningful relationships with community members and genuinely transforming New Orleans.
October 20th from 8:15 to 4:00 p.m. at John Dibert Community School, 4217 Orleans Ave.November 17th from 8:15 to 4:00 p.m. on the second floor of Tulane University's Lavin-Bernick CenterMarch 9th from 8:00 to 3:30 at Lafayette Academy Charter SchoolApril 27th from 8:00 to 4:00 at Tulane University's Gibson Quad
October 22nd, from 8:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Lusher Charter School
November 19th, from 8:15 am to 4:30 pm at Tulane University's Lavin-Bernick CenterMarch 24th at Sophie B. Wright Charter School from 8:15-4:00 p.m.April 28th at Tulane University's Lavin-Bernick Center from 8:15- 4:00 p.m.
2010-2011 Debate Tournaments:
October 23rd, from 8:30 am to 4:15 pm at Lafayette Academy Charter SchoolNovember 20th, from 8:30 am to 4:15 pm at Tulane University's Lavin-Bernick CenterMarch 19th, from 8:30-3:30 at Benjamin Banneker School April 9th, from 8:30 am to 4:15 pm at Tulane University's Lavin-Bernick Center
Notes from our most recent meeting:
Meet every Tuesday at 5 in Norman Mayer 200c
Beau - Banneker liaison
Jeff - Sophie B. liaison, Video and documentation for SBW/Debates
Harry - Lafayette liaison, Einstein Charter School Project
Jessie L. - PR: Radio station, etc. getting the word out
Billy - High school debate team at Sophie B. (meeting with McBride and Jeffrey thursday)
Natalia - future plans (high school and college, scholarship opportunities)
Caroline - Future plans at Tulane/Loyola - College Day at Tulane
Chris - Incorporating debate idea/future into
Jessica- 501C3 Proposal, nonprofit, eligible for grants, Presentation for Pros and Cons
Jessie F. - Newsletter, 501C3
Danielle - guide booklet for middle school students
Casi - Documentary, short clip for website, Taking individual interviews of debaters
Mike - 6 judges for next debate, Spread the word about judges needed. [according to middle school debate league, in order for our debate society to become a league, each school must provide one judge for every six students]
An Aristotle in New Orleans
(Note: these are not the rules used in the middle school debates. They are an attempt to collaboratively extrapolate the rules used in the ancient Academy and Lyceum as described by Aristotle in the eighth book of his Topics. College students taking this course use this exercise to discuss the nature of ancient dialectic as well as larger issues of rationality and logic.)
Dialectical Contest Rules Collaboratively Extrapolated from Aristotle's Topics by the 12:30 Class and by the 9:30 Class. Just click on the time your class meets and begin working on your class page.
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08 August 2011
Hey, good to find seomone who agrees with me. GMTA.
02 February 2012
Just wondering if Tulane takes part in the annual World University Debating Championship (this year in Berlin)
02 February 2012
A late reply to the above: Tulane has not in the past, and probably won't have the infrastructure in place to do so for at least a few years. Tulane currently doesn't have a Parliamentary debate team, for one. Tulane's debate team focuses on IPDA at the moment, but plans on branching out once we become more established. However, to add to the confusion, the Tulane Debate Society (what this site is dedicated to) and the Tulane Debate Team are separate.
If you would like to talk to someone on the Tulane Debate Team about anything, you should email Lance Tran (his email is in the sidebar). He is the president of the Debate Team at Tulane. In case you do not see this reply, I will send you an email.
EDIT: It seems as though this was not too late of a reply, but the website thinks that today is the 2nd of February...I'll try to figure out why.