SLOVENIA DEBATE CAMP, June-July, 2004

Invited once again by ZIP, the Slovenian national debate program sponsor, to come and teach at their summer workshop, I was pleased to accept. Previous trips to Slovenia had involved a speaking tour, a previous stint at the summer debate workshop, and a teaching assignment at the International Debate Academy in Ljubljana. This time I had been asked to working with high school students who will be debating internationally in English. I was glad to take this assignment, especially since the events (World Schools Debating Championship parliamentary and Karl Popper debate at the IDEA Youth Forum in Estonia) involved topics that are mostly known in advance. I decided to make the IDEA teams, who would be working towards one single topic, do some advanced research and briefing, even though that is not what they had done previously. The World Schools team would attend my theory and practice lectures and then work on their topics in the afternoons.

Here is a slightly annotated report on my trip and experience. I hope you enjoy it.

My trip has three parts:

One: On the way to Dom Kavka

Two: Dom Kavka

Three: Escape from Dom Kavka