DEBATE CONTACT: James Dixon, President
Vermont Debate & Forensics League
The Vermont Debate and Forensics League (VDFL) is an affiliate organization of the VPA organized to create opportunities to high school students in public speaking; to encourage interscholastic debate and individual speaking contests; and to promote the civic virtues of public discourse. In pursuing these objectives, the VDFL holds workshops, school sponsored competitions, and state tournaments in Public Forum Debate and Forensics.
Public Forum Debate is an oral communication advocacy exercise done with a partner. Each team of two advocate either in favor of (PRO) or against (CON) a resolution by proposing two to three arguments supporting their position. With these arguments laid out in opening speeches, each side chooses the most important arguments to defend or attack. Using skills in cross-examination and the introduction of evidence, the debaters clarify, extend their own points, and expose weaknesses and/or contradictions in the opposition’s arguments. Through a series of constructive and rebuttal speeches, the PRO and CON sides will seek to persuade a citizen judge of the merits of their position.
FORENSICS CONTACT: Gordon Ladd, President