School of Communication & Media

Sailfish Debate & Forensics

The School of Communication and Media, and the Department of Communication at Palm Beach Atlantic University, are initiating a debate and forensics program in the Fall semester of 2018. This program will provide many opportunities for students at the university to participate in intercollegiate debate and forensics tournaments in the coming years.

During our first year we will concentrate on the basic requirements of intercollegiate competition in different formats. These include NDT (National Debate Tournament) policy debates, CEDA (Cross-Examination Debate Association) values debates, and individual events, such as extemporaneous speaking and oratory. We plan to participate in one or more tournaments in our first year, including the FIFA (Florida Intercollegiate Forensics Association tournament) in the winter of 2019, as well as staging campus-wide debate exhibitions and recruitment events.

We are looking for interested PBA students to join our program. You may wish to enroll in the Debate and Forensics Lab (COM 3041) a one-credit course that you may enroll in for up to six semesters toward your Communication major, or up to eight consecutive semesters with some as part of your university-wide electives. You may contact professor Robert Fortner for further information about the 2018-19 debate and forensics activities.


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