Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2001-07-12

Samford University will host its 27th annual Summer Forensics Institute beginning Sunday, July 15. A total of 66 high school debaters from Alabama and eight other states will attend the intensive two-week program.

During lectures and labs, participants will learn the techniques of debate. Lecture topics include affirmative and negative cases, topicality, rules of debate and tournament procedure. Participants will study both Lincoln-Douglas debate, in which individuals debate philosophical topics, and policy debate.

Debaters will also research next year's national debate topic, U.S. nuclear policy. A two-day tournament at the end of the Institute, July 26 and 27, will enable debaters to put into practice what they have learned.

Alabama students who will participate represent high schools in Jefferson County, Birmingham, Hueytown, Vestavia Hills, Mountain Brook, Montgomery and Decatur. They will be joined by students from Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas.

Dr. Mike Janas, Samford director of debate, is Institute director.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.