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Author Topic: Trojan Web Debates - LGBT History Month Debate  (Read 1064 times)
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« on: September 24, 2011, 05:50:41 PM »

The Trojan Web Debates
Hosted by the University of Southern California’s Trojan Debate Squad
October 17th – 30th, 2011

USC's Trojan Debate Squad is proud to announce The Trojan Web Debates--a series of intercollegiate debate tournaments hosted online throughout the 2011-2012 academic year, and open to all college and university students. Students participate in 4 rounds of debate by uploading video responses to YouTube  and over the course of two weeks.  The goal of the Trojan Web Debates is to provide as many students as possible with opportunities to debate in competitive academic settings and receive feedback from experts and professionals, while also generating better and richer public discourse about important social issues.

As October is LGBT History month, we have chosen to explore the issues facing the LGBT community today, and the spirit of progressive social activism embodied by LGBT communities struggling for equal rights.  The Trojan Debate Squad supports LGBT movements in their struggles to engage in same sex marriages, freely adopt children, and to end discrimination and violence motivated by victims’ sexual preference or gender. We believe that debates about social movement methods, tactics and priorities are critical toward effective social action.  Thus we invite students from around the world to debate the following question:

Should same sex marriage be the top priority of the LGBT civil rights movement?

In addition to enhancing the quality of public argument, every entry helps to stop violence and discrimination against individuals because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.  Entry fees for this tournament are a $10 donation to the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission.

If you are a university or college student and wish to enter the tournament (or coach entering on a student's behalf), we encourage you to register today through our registration form.

If you would like to volunteer as a judge for the tournament, please use our judge registration form to sign up.

For more information on the tournament schedule, format, entry fees, and judging requirements, please see our FAQ & Rules.

We invite everyone to follow the debates via our website, and our Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/USCDebate We hope that you will join us as we break ground on a new and exciting project that encourages students worldwide to engage and debate current events and important social and political questions. Questions?  Please do not hesitate to contact us!

Dr. Gordon Stables                        Jim Maritato
Director of Debate & Forensics       Asst. Director of Public Debate & Forensics
stables@usc.edu                           maritato@usc.edu
http://usctrojandebate.com/
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Gordon Stables
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
Director of Debate & Forensics
Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism
University of Southern California
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