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 2014-2015 academic year, we competed in eight tournaments and won over 110 individual and team awards.

Berea’s team also houses the Debate for Democracy National Championship from 2008 and 2009 and finalists from 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 IPDA, NPDA debate, the standard AFA sanctioned individual events, plus Radio Broadcasting and Impromptu Counseling .

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

2015-2016 Tournament Schedule

September 11-12     University of the Cumberlands

September 26          University of Indianapolis

October 3                Walters State

October 10-11         University of Kentucky

October 16-17         Berea College John G. Fee Memorial  2015 Invitation  2015 Entry Form

November 6-7         Owensboro

December 4-5          Transylvania University

February  19-20       Kentucky Forensics Association’s State Championship



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