August 17-22 2014

University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont

Free - no charge - housing separate


Each year the program trains many outstanding university debaters. Come and become one of them. Learn from our talented team of trainers.

WUDC debating is becoming more and more popular all over the world, and especially in North America. The North America Debate Academy tries to help students from everywhere learn how to participate in this exciting activity, as well as how to succeed in local, national and international competition.

Teachers and coaches interested in learning more about or in starting a WUDC debate program at their college or university are very welcome!

The program is open to those at any experience level who are willing to try hard. If you are not serious about improving, if you do not intend to work hard, please do not attend. Trainers and judges are welcome but will be expected to debate.

The program is located at the University of Vermont in beautiful Burlington, a delightful four-season tourist town with many nightlife attractions. The program is sponsored by the World Debate Institute, the Lawrence Debate Union and the University of Vermont.

Come and join us!

August 17-22 2014

Starts promptly at Noon Sunday 17 August 2014, ends Friday 6 PM 22 August 2014. WE ASK THAT YOU PLEASE TRY AND ATTEND THE ENTIRE PROGRAM.

Attendees provide their own housing and food. We suggest Other low cost options can be suggested on request.

Curriculum includes: short lectures, lots of exercises, exposure to many motions, two critiqued practice debates a day, innovative instruction. Learn ways to keep training yourself and others after you return home.

Sessions at Huber House, 475 Main Street, and adjacent classrooms.

Space is limited, so apply early. Application form at , fill out and send to

Planned Faculty for 2014!

More to be added.

Joe Damiba, Cornell University, USA

Coaches of Cornell University's internationally acclaimed World Universities Debate Championship team, along with being a Master's student in the University's Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) School. Joe served as a trainer at the World Debate Institute's 2012 Cameroon Debate Academy. Fluent in French.

Monica Ferris, Canada

Has been a US national finalist twice and Canadian national champion. She has been a guest judge at multiple world championships and is known as one of the world’s finest judges. She is also one of the finest debate trainers, and always with an engaging sense of humor. A NADA veteran.

Paul Gross, Cornell University, USA

Breaking judge at WUDC 2013 Berlin, Yale Finalist, USU Semifinalist. Fellow of the World Debate Institute. Led Cornell to #1 world ranking.

Dr. Jan Hovden, Bates College, USA

Team broke at WUDC 2013 Berlin, won Vermont and many other tournaments, led Bates to Yale title and Cambridge final in 2013.

John Meany, Claremont Colleges, USA

Coach of USA champion university team, director of huge international debate outreach program, legendary debate innovator.

Jake Meany, Claremont Colleges, USA

USU semifinalist while debating for Vermont, has been national WSDC coach for both South Korea and USA.

Sharmila Parmanand, University of Vermont, USA

A star trainer and debater in Asia, Sharms was the CA at 2013 WUDC Berlin. In the USA she was CA at US Air Force 2013 and DCA at US Universities 2009.

John Patrick, University of California San Luis Obispo, USA.

During his debate career, John placed at several American tournaments, and also won the 2006 USU National Debate Open and the 2007 USU Pan Pacific Championship. Since becoming a coach Mr. Patrick has broken as a judge at every national tournament he's attended.

Rob Ruiz, La Verne University, USA

Director of Forensics, Convener of 2013 USU Champs, breaking judge at USU 2012.

John Sadek, Vermont, USA

As a debater was NEUDC champion, IDAS champion and USU semifinalist, breaking judge at WUDC Berlin 2013. Named Top Judge at US Universities Debating Championship 2013.

Sarina Selleck, Vermont/Tufts, USA

Won both Budapest Open and Vienna IV, USU Quarterfinalist, President of LDU, Winner Class of 1899 Debate Prize at UVM.

Dr. Alfred Snider, University of Vermont, USA

CA at many tournaments in USA and abroad, breaking judge at WUDC, coached NEUDC sweepstakes champions four years in a row. Chief Adjudicator at USU 2012. Led Vermont to #21 in world rankings.

2013 NADA program had:

11 critiqued full debates

6 formal lectures divided up by experience groups

10 rigorous exercise & drill sessions

Daily informal instruction

6 free nights to enjoy Burlington, Vermont, rated by many surveys as America’s #1 city for quality of life.


North America Debate Academy