Policy Debate

Policy Debate

2-week Policy Debate Institute: June 7-20, 2020
  • commuter: $1,400; residential: $1,700
  • check-in June 7 between 3-4:30 p.m.; check-out June 20 between 8:30-10 a.m.
This is our signature program, which we have offered since the Emory National Debate Institute was founded in 1966.  The majority of the students attending the ENDI will attend this session tailored to the experience level of the student.

This division is best-suited for students who have the opportunity to debate competitively in policy debate during the regular academic year as students will focus on the upcoming high school topic.  We have an excellent teaching staff assembled, which includes Emory debate coaches, University of Georgia debate coaches, and other instructors from competitive college programs across the country. Learn more about high school Policy Debate from the National Speech and Debate Association.

Barkley Forum Summer Scholars Program: June 7-20, 2020
  • for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • additional application required; due April 25th
  • program acceptance will be communicated by May 1st
  • commuter: $1,400; residential: $1,700

This elite program is designed to give rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors unique experiences in addition to advanced policy debate instruction.  Specifically, some of the benefits of participating in the program are:

  • Advanced policy debate curriculum and early opportunity to debate the 2020-2021 topic
  • Excellent teaching staff, including working with Emory debate coaches
  • Opportunity to engage with Emory University faculty members
  • Interaction with Emory admissions and Woodruff Debate Scholars program
  • Formal dinner with university official and/or faculty member
  • Workshop on best practices for applying for university-wide scholarships

Quality Debate Instruction

The upcoming high school resolution will provide the framework for the development of new skills and the enhancement of existing skills for both of these policy debate institutes.

Student Focus

  • Improve speaking skills
  • Important strategies for each speaker position
  • Maximize the benefits of paperless debate
  • Generate ideas for current and future research efforts
  • Adapt to new arguments and argument strategies

Daily Lab Instruction

  • Labs led by award-winning college coaches, high school coaches, and contemporary college debaters
  • Most instructional time will be spent in these small lab groups focused on the fundamentals of contemporary policy debate
  • Argument analysis, use of evidence, speaking drills, and practice debates

Periodic Group Lectures and Discussions

  • Some topic content through group-wide lectures and discussion panels 
  • Broad-based coverage of both affirmative and negative arguments
  • Topic analysis to prepare them to become experts on the year's resolution

Practice Debates and Speeches

  • Every lab will do a minimum of 2 full practice debates per week
  • Practice tournament provides opportunity to rehearse arguments on the topic
  • Labs will focus on other proven debate skill builders including mini-debates, focused one-on-one debates, and videotaped debates

Directed Research and Use of Evidence

  • Students will receive electronic copies of all materials produced during their time at the Institute
  • Institute staff will produce an evidence packet–including several affirmative and negative positions–and provide the packet to students at the camp
  • All research done at the camp will be edited and augmented by the Emory faculty for use in competitive policy debate for the upcoming season