MANHATTAN SUMMER DEBATE INSTITUTE

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ABOUT

The Manhattan Debate Institute (MDI) is our largest and longest summer debate institute. The Debate Camp is hosted by our Manhattan Debate League and staffed by New York’s top middle school and high school debate coaches, teachers, alumni and debaters. Tracks are available for beginners as well as advanced debaters. Skills include public speaking, cross examination, critical thinking, research, argumentative writing, public forum debate, and policy debate. Subjects include the current policy debate resolution, philosophy, political science, critical theory, economics, history, geography, international politics and more. Students will gain a competitive edge for the upcoming debate season in the Manhattan Debate League and the New York City Debate League.

OUR LOCATION: HUNTER COLLEGE

We thank Hunter College, the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute and CUNY for allowing us to use the incredible facilities and college environment of Hunter College. 

MANHATTAN SUMMER DEBATE TOURNAMENT AND AWARDS CEREMONY

Our Summer Debate Institute ends with a complete Friday Tournament where all participants receive awards. There will be a 3 round tournament from 9:00am-2:00pm with an Awards Ceremony. We also recognize students for their incredible work throughout the summer. All debaters with outstanding attendance will receive Certificates of Completion for the Summer Debate Academy. Individual Lab Leaders will also recognize top students in each lab. Our goal with our summer debate tournament is to replicate the monthly school year debate tournaments of the Manhattan Debate League in order to best prepare students for the upcoming regular debate seasons of the Manhattan Debate League and the New York City Debate League. 

DEBATE ACADEMY FACULTY

Aubrey Semple

Aubrey Semple is the Program Director of the New York City Urban Debate League.  Aubrey is also an alumni of the NYCUDL and has been an award winning NYCUDL student debater, coach, volunteer, tabroom director, and Director of our High School Summer Debate Institute.  As Program Director, Aubrey is responsible for all day to day programming, tournaments, outreach, summer camps and everything else to to provide the best debate education opportunities for NYC youth and teachers! Aubrey was the former debate coach at Brooklyn Technical High School and has been coaching for over seven years at various high schools throughout New York City. Aubrey has coached several championship caliber policy debate teams including New York State Debate Coaches Association (NYSDCA) State Champions in Novice (2014) and Junior Varsity (2012) and Co-Champions in Varsity Policy Debate (2013). As a coach, his debaters qualified for elimination rounds in nearly every national circuit tournament including Champions of the New York Invitational at Bronx Science (2013), Quarterfinals at the Harvard Invitational (2013) and qualifying a team to the Tournament of Champions (2014) at the University of Kentucky.  Aubrey received his B.A. from City University of New York in United States History with a concentration in American History and Urban Studies.

Erik Fogel, Director

Mr. Fogel is League Director of the New York City Urban Debate League and coach of the Debate Team at the Bronx School for Law, Government and Justice. His debaters have won top awards at every single debate tournament in the Northeast including Harvard, Yale, Georgetown, NYC, Lexington, New Jersey, Washington and everywhere else!. He coached the first New York City middle teams to win top awards at the National Championships including Quarterfinalists, Semifinalists, and Second Place Top Speaker. Mr. Fogel received his B.A.in Political Science & History from UC Berkeley, J.D. from UC Hastings College of Law, M.A. in Education from Pace University, and is currently enrolled in Baruch College’s Masters in Public Administration.

College Debate Lab Leaders

Debaters will be split into labs for individual training by the city’s top college debaters.

Varsity High School Debate Fellows

The Debate Academy will also be staffed by the top high school debaters from the top high school debate teams in the city. These debaters have collectively won hundreds of trophies and championships since middle school and even elementary school!

Guest Speakers

The Debate Academy will also feature Guest Speakers including the city’s top debate coaches and topic experts on this year’s debate topic.

HIGH SCHOOL POLICY DEBATE TRACK

ach year high school policy debaters throughout the country debate a single complex policy question, or resolution, for an entire year. In 2013-14, students will debate whether the federal government should substantially increase its economic engagement toward Cuba, Mexico or Venezuela. Debaters conduct extensive research on the resolution and develop arguments for and against it. Two-person teams participate in a series of 90-minute debates and each team alternates sides, arguing for the resolution in one round and against it in the next.

HIGH SCHOOL PUBLIC FORUM DEBATE TRAC

Each month, public forum debaters throughout the country debate a single topic that is voted on by the national debate community. Debaters have one month to research and write their speeches and one month to debate the topic before the topic changes. Debates are 30 minutes long.  Public forum debates are intended for the general “public” and so emphasize persuasion and anyone can participate and anyone can judge public forum debates.

MIDDLE SCHOOL DEBATE TRAC

The largest division in the New York City Debate League is the middle school division where hundreds of students particpate every year. 

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DEBATE TRAC

The New York City Urban Debate League founded the first elementary school debate camp and league in the country.  There are no age restrictions when it comes to public speaking, thinking about current events and current problems, and learning evidence based argumentation!

GIRLS DEBATE TRAC

The New York City Urban Debate League founded the first girls debate league in the country.  The summer camp is our signature program where everyone comes together for a week of training in public speaking, debate, leadership, research, workshops, seminars and lectures on women’s issues.

MANHATTAN SUMMER DEBATE TOURNAMEN

ur summer debate camp concludes with a debate tournament where everyone is invited to see what our Great Debaters have learned! Food! Fun! Awards for everyone!

DIRECTIONS TO HUNTER COLLEGE

Hunter College

68th Street (Main Campus)

695 Park Avenue

New York, NY 10065

Phone: 212-772-4000

www.hunter.cuny.edu/visitorscenter

Subway Directions

The 6 train stops directly under the College at the 68th Street station. There is an entrance to the College in the Subway station. Turn right upon exiting the turnstile and the entrance will be directly in front of you.

Alternatively, you can take the F train to the East 63rd Street and Lexington Avenue stop. After exiting the station, walk north on Lexington Avenue to East 68th Street. The College is located at the intersection of East 68th Street and Lexington Avenue.

Bus Directions

The crosstown M66 bus goes east on 68th Street, and west on 67th Street. Hunter College is located at the intersection of East 68th Street and Lexington Avenue.

The M98, M101, M102, and M103 go south on Lexington Avenue and north on 3rd Avenue. Hunter College is located at the intersection of East 68th Street and Lexington Avenue.

Driving Directions

Driving Directions from Queens / Long IslandTake the Long Island Expressway west to the Queens Midtown Tunnel. Make a right onto Third Avenue and proceed north to 69th Street. Make a left turn on 69th Street. Proceed to Lexington Avenue and make a left. The College is located at the intersection of East 68th Street and Lexington Avenue.

Driving Directions from Bronx / WestchesterTake the New York Thruway (I-87) to the Major Deegan Expressway. Continue to the 3rd Avenue Bridge, then to the FDR Drive, then to the 71st Street exit. Continue straight to Lexington Avenue and make a left. Continue to East 68th Street. The College is located at the intersection of East 68th Street and Lexington Avenue.

Driving Directions from New Jersey via the Lincoln TunnelTake the Lincoln Tunnel. After exiting the tunnel, take 10th Avenue north to 65th Street. Turn right and cross Central Park. After exiting Central Park, continue along East 65th Street to Park Avenue. Turn left on Park Avenue. Go three blocks and make a right turn on 68th Street. The College will be at the end of the block.

Driving Directions from New Jersey via the George Washington BridgeTake the George Washington Bridge to the Harlem River Drive. Continue to the FDR Drive, then to the 71st Street exit. Continue straight to Second Avenue. Make a left turn and travel on Second Avenue to 69th Street. Make a right on 69th Street and travel to Lexington Avenue. Make a left turn on Lexington. The College is located at the intersection of East 68th Street and Lexington Avenue.