2022 Frederick Douglass Debates

2022 — Online, PA/US

9th Annual Douglass Debates 4/11/2023 - 4/12/2023

The Frederick Douglass Institute Collaborative is pleased to invite you to the 9th Annual Douglass Debates. This year, the tournament will be hosted in an online format. Please read the information below and the pages linked on the right-hand sidebar to learn more about the tournament.

Schools are expected to register by 4/07/2023 by 11:59 PM.

Tournament Director: Dr. Robert J. Green Ph.D. (Contact information is provided on the sidebar.)

Format: Two-person team debate. Any undergraduate student currently enrolled in a PASSHE institution is eligible to participate. Please contact your university's Frederick Douglass Institute for further information.

Topic:Resolved: Environmental Justice should be prioritized by policymakers in our local communities.

Tournament Registration: Each competing university may register up to three (3) two-person teams, with additional teams waitlisted. It is possible to register teams that are TBA with entries finalized by the registration deadline.

Point Person: One person from each school, usually the head coach, will need to be a designated "point person" responsible for knowing the whereabouts of their debaters and judges and have ways to communicate with them quickly over the course of the tournament.

Judging Requirements:Because no tournament can happen unless there are enough judges to hear all of the debates, each school that enters the tournament is required to bring qualified judging. Each school is expected to provide 2 rounds of judging for every team they enter into the tournament.
• If you enter ONE team into the tournament, then you are expected to provide TWO rounds of judging.
• If you enter TWO teams in the tournament, then you are expected to provide FOUR rounds of judging.
• If you enter THREE teams, then you are expected to provide SIX rounds of judging.

Schools should report judges who might have a conflict of interest to the tournament director. Undergraduate students are not allowed to judge in the tournament.