October 3, 2008
Colleges Call Debate Contests Out of Order
Postmodern strategies pose challenges to traditional forensics
The world of college debate is an insular one. So when a prominent coach mooned a judge during a tournament in March, officials in the national debate association planned to handle it themselves. Then a video of the incident hit YouTube this summer.
Suddenly, people throughout higher education were wondering: What was happening to one of the oldest forms of academic competition?
Soon after the video appeared,
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