PUBLIC FORUM DEBATE

2020-2021 Debate Schedules

PUBLIC FORUM DEBATE is a team event that advocates or rejects aposition posed by the resolution. The focus of the debate is a clash of ideas in a persuasive manner that can be understood by a “lay” judge. Good debaters should display logic and analysis. They should use evidence when needed. They should win their case and refute that of their opponents. They should communicate effectively, using the fundamentals of good speaking. There are no burdens on either side.

 

RESOURCES

NCFL description, rules, and master ballot

Public Forum Current Topics (National Forensic League)

Guide to Public Forum Debate (National Forensic League, 2009)

NCFL Grand National Championship video

Introduction to Public Forum Debate (The Great Debate)

Understanding Public Forum Debate (Debate Central)

The Beyond Resolved blog (Ashley Artmann)

Basic Public Forum Training videos (The Great Debate)

High School Competition Events Guide (National Speech & Debate Assoc; not all events/rules are available in the DCFL/NCFL)