Here you can find several resources for teaching and studying speech and debate. Please feel free to use these materials with attribution.

Unlocking Career Success Through Speech Skills Panel

The Center for Speech & Debate hosted a panel "Unlocking Career Success Through Speech Skills" on Thursday, November 2. The three panelists, all UW and Center for Speech & Debate alumni, discussed how public speaking had helped them develop their careers as communications professionals. They shared specific tips on careers in comms and addressed audience questions.   Panelists ... >>

What AOC can teach you about public speaking

In this video, CSD tutor Jamie Christiansen examines how Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez uses style and argument in her response to Ted Yoho. Jamie translates this effective speech into some tips to improve your next speech. Originally created for her COM 320: Advanced Public Speaking class, Jamie has agreed to share this resource with the CSD.

CSD Debate: Who was the greatest heavyweight of all time: Joe Louis or Muhammad Ali?

The “Rhetoric and/as Boxing” course moderated a heavyweight debate. Two high profile boxing writers debated the resolution: “Who was the greatest heavyweight of all time? Joe Louis or Muhammed Ali?” Arguing for Louis was Bernard Fernandez, a 2020 inductee into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Arguing for Ali was longtime Ring Magazine Managing Editor, Tom Gray. We followed a ... >>

How to watch a televised debate

CSD director, Dr. Matt McGarrity, worked with TVW on a video for Washington State schools on "How to watch a televised debate." Dr. McGarrity teaches the debate technique known as "flowing" and emphasizes to voters the importance of taking notes when watching televised debates.

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