Communication Program

Speech and Debate Team

Members of Berea’s Speech and Debate Team compete in intercollegiate tournaments throughout the southeast and Midwest regions. During the 2012-2013 academic year, we competed in eight tournaments and won over 95 individual and team awards.

Berea’s team also houses the Debate for Democracy National Championship from 2008 and finalists from 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013. Debate for Democracy is sponsored by Project Pericles.

Since 2003, Berea has hosted its own tournament, The John G. Fee Memorial, which offers both parliamentary debate and the standard AFA sanctioned individual events.

Team membership is open to all students, regardless of previous experience, and they may receive credit for participating if they register for COM 103: Forensics Practicum. Contact the director of forensics, Dr. Billy Wooten, at (859) 985-3762 for more details.

Coaching Staff

Debate Coach & Director: Dr. Billy Wooten, (859) 985-3762
Individual Events Coach: Dr. Deborah Martin, (859) 985-3419

2013-2014 Tournament Schedule

September 20-21           University of Indianapolis

September 28                 Scrimmage at Transylvania University

October 4-5                     Walters State

October 11                      University of Kentucky

October 18-19                 Berea/U.C. Swing Friendly Swing Invite 2013; Friendly Swing Invite 2013

November 1-2                 Marietta College

November 8-9                 Owensboro

December 6-7                 Transylvania University

February  21-22              Kentucky Forensics Association’s State Championship



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