Debating Resources for the World since 1994
Debate Central Dedication
DEBATE CENTRAL is dedicated to all
of those who learn, teach, explore, and enjoy rational discourse through debate.
The hope which launches this project is that the practice of educational debating
will lead to a more informed, critical, and compassionate citizenry which will
speak out in the face of evil, explore solutions through advocacy in the face
of problems, and will demand reasons and justifications from all institutions
and fellow citizens.
DEBATE CENTRAL recalls two specific
individuals who have been essential for the long term creation of this resource.
Edwin W. Lawrence
A graduate of the University of Vermont
in 1901, Edwin W. Lawrence helped found debating at his alma mater in 1899,
and then went on to use his debating skills as an extremely successful lawyer,
banker, and investor. He believed that debate was essential for an enlightened
citizenry, which he saw as an essential component of a working democracy.
In the 1960's Edwin Lawrence began
working toward establishing an endowment to guarantee that intercollegiate
debating would always exist at the University of Vermont. He endowed a forensic
professorship in his name as well as a companion endowment to fund intercollegiate
debating. Generations of Vermont students have come to thank and appreciate
Edwin Lawrence for his generous gift. His spirit lives on in the Lawrence
Debate Union, and is expressed through this site in cyberspace. The Lawrence
Library is named after him.
[with students, third from right]
Robert Huber came to the University
of Vermont in the late 1940's to teach Speech Communication and to coach debate.
He showed an ability to attract the brightest minds on campus to his debate
team as well as to turn normal students into the brightest minds on campus.
His teams not only showed tremendous competitive success, but also created a
community of concerned students. Often they went to all corners of Vermont to
bring exhibition debates and discussions to high schools and citizen groups.
In 1950 Vermont won the National Championship for varsity debating, and later
won several national titles through his beloved forensic honorary society, Delta
Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha. He worked with Edwin Lawrence to create the Lawrence
endowments to guarantee that debate would always be a part of campus life. "Doc"
Huber's commitment to excellence and community service lives on today in the
Lawrence Debate Union and through this site in cyberspace.
Dedicated 1 September 1993