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Author Topic: Speech & Debate as Civic Education Conference  (Read 2613 times)
Jessica Kurr
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« on: August 08, 2014, 09:53:07 AM »

Conference on Speech & Debate as Civic Education
Call for Papers
March 5-7, 2015
Penn State University
University Park, Pennsylvania

General Information:
Since the ancient Greeks first taught rhetoric and argumentation as the cornerstone of a liberal education, speech and debate have been viewed as education for citizenship. In recent years, however, many speech and debate programs have lost sight of their connections to civic education, and programs across the country have been downsized or eliminated altogether. This conference is centered on chronicling, theorizing, and illustrating the connections between debate and educating for citizenship in the past, present, and future. We welcome completed papers and extended abstracts addressing all aspects of the relationship between curricular or co-curricular speech and debate and civic education, including but not limited to:
-   The history of curricular and co-curricular speech and debate in all forms
-   Speech and debate in the classroom and across the curriculum
-   Co-curricular debate and forensics as education for citizenship.
-   Alternative forms of co-curricular speech and debate and their relationship to civic education
-   Current and future problems and possibilities for innovation in speech and debate education
We encourage submissions from coaches or participants in any form of collegiate debate and forensics (NDT/CEDA, NFA-LD, APDA, NPDA, etc.), as well as from program administrators and educators from any discipline with an interest in speech or debate as civic education.

The conference will feature a keynote address by former debater and presidential speechwriter, Craig R. Smith, along with a luncheon address by another former debater and former dean of the School of Communication at Northwestern University, David Zarefsky.

For more information, visit the conference website at:

We invite completed papers and extended abstracts addressing any aspect of the history, theory, or practice of speech and debate as civic education. Submissions should follow the Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition), with all text, including notes, double-spaced with one-inch margins in Times New Roman 12-point font. All files should be submitted as a Microsoft Word document (doc or docx).

•   Completed papers should include a 200-250 word abstract and should not exceed 25 pages, excluding notes and references.

•   Extended abstracts should be substantial enough (at least 500 words) to indicate the scope, structure, and major arguments of the proposed paper.

Please submit electronic versions of completed papers to and include “Civic Education Conference Submission – (Last Name)” in the subject line of the e-mail. Notifications of acceptance for the conference will be made by November 14, 2014.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, October 20, 2014.

Presentation Guidelines
Accepted submissions will be organized into ninety-minute panels with four oral presentations. Each presentation should last no more than 15 minutes, with the remainder of time devoted to discussion and questions from the audience. Please indicate on your submission if you will need A/V equipment for your presentation.

Conference Volume
Papers presented at the conference will be considered for an edited volume on Speech and Debate as Civic Education, which will be considered for publication in the Rhetoric and Democratic Deliberation series at the Penn State University Press. To be considered for the volume completed papers must be submitted to the editors by September 1, 2015. Papers should conform to the Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition) and be submitted as a Word document (doc or docx).

Conference registration is $125 for faculty and $75 for students. Registration includes: a full dinner on Thursday night, a light breakfast on Friday and Saturday, and a full lunch buffet on Saturday. Information on how to register will be posted on the conference website.

Hotel Information
The conference will take place at the historic Nittany Lion Inn on Penn State’s University Park campus. A block of rooms has been reserved from Thursday, March 5, through Saturday March 7, at the rate of $135/night with the option of a double or a king bed. Use the group code: DEBC15A. The code expires February 3, 2015.

Reservations can be made at the Nittany Lion Inn’s website:

For more information about lodging, contact the hotel: 800-233-7505 or

Conference Planning and Editorial Committee:
J. Michael Hogan
J. Kurr
Jeremy Johnson
Michael Bergmaier
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