Current Events
05/07/2015 2:59 PM by Hays Watson

Stefan Bauschard, debate coach at Harvard and Lakeland School District, and writer of the 2015-16 topic paper, has published a lecture about this year's policy debate topic.  

His lecture can be found here:

We look forward to learning more about and researching the surveillance topic this summer at the GDI! Enjoy! 

05/01/2015 07:02 AM by Hays Watson

The early application discount for the 2015 Georgia Debate Institutes has been extended until May 15.

Pay your deposit ($250 for public forum, $500 for policy) by May 15 and enjoy a $100 discount of the tuition price of the camp! 

We hope to see many of you in beautiful Athens, Georgia this summer.  Email if you have any questions about the camp.  

02/20/2015 07:40 AM by Hays Watson

The new flier for the 2015 GDI, including dates, pricing, and faculty, is now available! 

06/14/2014 3:27 PM by Hays Watson

The official start to the 2014 Georgia Debate Institutes begins tomorrow afternoon as kids from around Georgia and around the country - from New Mexico to Maryland, from Illinois to Florida - come to Athens to register for the 2 week policy camp.

05/01/2014 9:44 PM by Hays Watson

The Early Deposit deadline for the Georgia Debate Institutes has been extended to May 15.  We want to accommodate as many interested students and we hope that the extension will be of help to families, especially in the post-tax day period.  If your application is submitted and your deposit paid by the 15th, you'll enjoy a $100 discount off the total cost of the camp (one, two, or thee weeks).  If you have any additional questions, please visit our website ( or email  

08/23/2010 7:53 PM by

Want to join the UGA debate team?

Come to our weekly meeting and say hello!

We meet every week on Tuesday nights at 6:30pm in Phi Kappa Hall (located in the northeast corner of campus, near the the Jackson/Broad intersection). The debate office is the entire first floor. Come on in!

02/19/2010 1:18 PM by

The University of Georgia team of Brittany Cambre and Mike Lacy has been awarded a first round at-large bid to the 2010 National Debate Tournament, to be held in Oakland, CA in March. Recognizing UGA CL as one of the 16 top two-person debate teams in the country, recieving a "first round" is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious awards in policy debate.

02/15/2010 2:22 PM by Ed Panetta

Two links to Red and Black stories about the upcomming UGA v PETA Debate. http://www.

11/30/2009 5:28 PM by

I’m happy to congratulated Dr. Ed Panetta, Director of Debate, for being a winner of one of this year’s Sandy Beaver Excellence in Teaching Awards.

The award is given annually to faculty members who demonstrate excellence in teaching, a sustained commitment to high-quality instruction, and who are particularly engaged in undergraduate teaching. The award is prestigious (only five are awarded in the Franklin College) and comes with a monetary prize!

A list of previous winners can be found here.

10/21/2009 8:27 PM by

Coming a tournament near you! A new bumper sticker for the Georgia Debate Union. Like it?

10/14/2009 11:40 PM by

Every year, the St. Mark's tournament has a College Fair that offers college debate programs a chance to showcase their program for prospective recruits. This year, mad genius Len Neighbors has created a very nice brochure insert for UGA.

06/07/2008 9:53 PM by

At the end of 2007-2008 season, Georgia Magazine included a feature article on the Georgia Debate Union titled "Fighting Words." An HTML version of the article is available from Georgia Magazine. You can also download a PDF version of the article.