Nearly 150 years ago, the Lincoln-Douglas debates in Illinois gained wide national attention, as the two great orators of their time argued the issue of slavery. These debates left their mark on our nation, and public debate remains a cornerstone of our democratic society.
Plymouth State University will host the 2007 Northeast Speech and Debate Championship Feb. 24, spotlighting the debating expertise of more than 100 students from a dozen colleges and universities. Competitors are expected from Suffolk University, University of Rhode Island, Emerson College, Bristol Community College, University of Maine, St. Anselm College and Bridgewater State University.
Students will be competing in up to 12 events, plus Lincoln-Douglas style debate. The events include:
Public Speaking with separate categories of After-Dinner Speaking, Communication Analysis, Extemporaneous Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, Informative Speaking and Persuasive Speaking.
Oral Interpretation Events, with categories including Dramatic Duo, Drama Interpretation, Poetry Interpretation, and Program Oral Interpretation. Debate competitors will be debating the topic ‘That the United States Federal Government Adopt a Policy to Significantly Increase the Production of Energy.’
PSU students who will compete include Nicki Faucher, a junior psychology major and Matthew Covey, a first-year student majoring in political science.
The 2007 Northeast Regional Speech and Debate Championship will be held at Hyde Hall, Saturday, Feb. 24, 8:00 a.m.-7 p.m., the event is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775, firstname.lastname@example.org