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The Rutgers University Debate Union (RUDU) is the debate team at the Rutgers University New Brunswick campus. If you’re interested in debate or public speaking, we are always looking for new members.

 

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RUDU has finished the 2010-2011 season ranked fifth in the nation, making it the highest-ranked competitive team or club of any kind at Rutgers. We trailed only Yale, Harvard, Brandeis, and Boston University. We recently finished sixth at the prestigious North American Championships, behind only Carleton University and McGill University in Canada and Princeton University and two teams from Yale University in the United States.

The Rutgers University Debate Union (RUDU) is the debate team at the Rutgers University New Brunswick campus. If you’re interested in debate or public speaking, we are always looking for new members.

RUDU has finished the 2010-2011 season ranked fifth in the nation, making it the highest-ranked competitive team or club of any kind at Rutgers. We trailed only Yale, Harvard, Brandeis, and Boston University. We recently finished sixth at the prestigious North American Championships, behind only Carleton University and McGill University in Canada and Princeton University and two teams from Yale University in the United States.

Knowledge of Our Society

Recently I have been exploring videos which display the knowledge (or lack thereof…) of high school students today. While we might assume that these future leaders are educated individuals, it surprisingly to learn the wide variety of discrepancy that is present in our society today. Interviews done both professionals and amateurs reveals one common finding, there are some serious holes in the knowledge of high school students today. While most of the blame could be placed on the education system, enough blame also lies in the lack of discourse that is prevalent in our society. This lack of discourse does not serve to motivate students, further worsening the system that is in place. The following videos are an example of a few high schools in the United States.

Another example…

Hello all! (Or only Paul…)

Welcome to my blog. This is blog, as the title suggests, is about debate and discourse. So clearly this is tackling a huge topic…so you might be wondering what exactly I will be discussing throughout the creation of my final project?

In society today we use discourse as a way of exchanging information. We talk to others to learn, to ask and to debate. Through the advent of such technological innovations such as the iPhone, Twitter, Facebook and now Project Glass from Google, it seems that the discourse that used to take place in society drastically reduced.While face to face discourse was the only means of communication in the past, sadly, in today’s world it seems that such discourse has lost its value. The main focus of this project is to explore avenues in which debate and discourse is still encouraged at Universities across America. Even though an alarming rate of students now heavily communicate through other avenues (texting, chatting etc), we can see that there are still programs in place at schools which solely are in place to encourage discourse and debate on the important topics of society today.

The club I specifically focus on exploring is the Rutgers University Debate Union (RUDU).  The Rutgers Debate Union was founded in 2001 and it is a full member in the American Parliamentary Debate Association (APDA). APDA is the elite league of intercollegiate parliamentary debate comprised of nearly all of the top-ranked colleges in the east as well a few in the midwest and the west. APDA consists of all of the Ivy League, Stanford, University of Chicago, MIT, Johns Hopkins University, Duke, Swarthmore, Williams, Bryn Mawr, Amherst and more. There are competitions every weekend throughout the academic year, from september through december in the fall and january through april in the spring, culminating with an annual National Championship.

The focus of the American Debate Parliamentary Association is to spread awareness and have discourse about the important topics of our current society. Often people debate about current controversial issues, issues in the past and even have a deep philosophical debates structured as though experiments. In this video project, I will be focusing on the history of the Debate Union, how it was founded how it has been established and where it stands today. The coach of the team is Professor Storey Clayton, I will be exploring his influence on the Debate Union and how the team has changed under his direction.

Also, I will explain what debate topics are and even display a sample of a debate round. I will then critique how effect RUDU and APDA is at raising awareness of topics throughout the community. Specifically, I will create a video which interviews members of the Debate Team, get their opinion on debate and how effective they think it is as a means of discourse and spreading information. During this process, I will be also be exploring this by creating my own course website and updating my progress. I also look to posting up actual debate rounds I have recorded so that others can get a sample of how Debate actually works.

It seems like discourse and debate about what is important in our society is slowly disappearing as more and more of our youth seem to be less informed about the important topics in our society today. Many are not aware of who our vice president is or how this country was founded. This lack of information about basic topics can worry some about the future of our country. However, it is comforting to know that there are still groups and clubs across the country who elect to spend their free time having debates about what is actually important.

I hope everyone can learn something from this!