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December 2015  |  A monthly publication of the National Speech & Debate Association
Dear Student,

This month, take advantage of even more speech and debate resources—available right at your fingertips! From all of us at the National Speech & Debate Association, we wish you a joyous holiday season.

Rostrum Online »
Check out the Fall issue of Rostrum magazine, introducing our new Voices of the Future program, training and competing with the USA Debate team, our 2014-15 Year in Review, and much more!
Winter Online Institute for PF (Dec. 27) » It's not too late to sign up for our one-day PF workshop with national champion Nefertiti Dukes! Students will prep for January competition with an outstanding educator who will introduce them to the new PF topic, develop specific arguments, and discuss appropriate strategies. To learn more, visit
Winter Online Institute for LD (Dec. 28-29) » Register for this two-day LD workshop with national champion coach Tom Evnen! Students will gain an appropriate philosophical understanding of issues specific to the January/February LD topic, as well as pertinent current events and research to assist them in their preparation. To learn more, visit
Scholarship Opportunity » Would you like to live in global hubs like San Francisco, Buenos Aires, and Seoul throughout college? Are you interested in an educational experience that bans lectures, encouraging discussion and debate instead? Minerva is a new, innovative, accredited university program started by a former Harvard Dean and a successful entrepreneur to more effectively prepare students for an ever-changing global future. Minerva students live in seven of the world’s greatest cities throughout college, taking class exclusively in active learning seminars. The application is FREE and due January 15. Learn more about Minerva and their unique, full academic scholarship for speech and debate students today!
Policy Debate Topic Selection » Help us determine the final Policy resolution for 2016-2017! The two topic areas include China and India. Visit to log in and access the ballot by December 15.
Extemp Resources » Members can download the latest set of December practice questions from coach Todd Hering. Resource Package subscribers can also watch a topic analysis video on Guantanamo from national champion Nathan Leys.
Congress Docket » The December Congressional Debate Docket, prepared by coach Kevin Berlat, is available for download at
LD Topic Analyses » The November/December LD topic analysis update, prepared by coach Aracelis Biel, is available to Resource Package subscribers by clicking here. All members can access the new January/February LD topic analysis by logging in to your dashboard.
Script Database » Resource Package subscribers, log in to your dashboard to access our searchable list of Interp pieces performed in past years, including the most recent 2015 National Tournament. Search by title, author, description, and character gender.
World Schools Debate Motions » Check out for the latest slate of prepared and impromptu motions you might see at a World Schools Debate tournament. Additionally, members can access an expanded guide on one of the proposed motions. Resource Package subscribers can download an in-depth guide on two more motions by logging in to your dashboard.
World Schools Debate Podcast » Join World Schools Debate aficionado Dr. Alfred "Tuna" Snider for his weekly podcast. For all things World Schools Debate, click here.
Are there any webinars you'd like to see us offer? Email your ideas to
Applying the Narrative Arc to Original Oratory
(Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 5:30 p.m. CT) – presented by Jacoby Cochran

The Importance of Framework Linkage

(Thursday, Dec. 10, at 5:00 p.m. CT) – presented by Jake Mazeitis

LIVE webinars are open to all members! Resource Package subscribers can access recordings on their dashboard.
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