DARTMOUTH DEBATE INSTITUTE
July 17 - August 14, 2011
Elective #1 – Wednesday July 27 10:00 a.m.

Please rank your top choice #1, your second choice #2 and your third choice #3 for each time slot.

_ Antonucci – Debate as Science Fiction - Counterfactuals - In the Future: Policy debaters really
want you to conceive your advocacy as simulated thought experiment about the future. Give them
what they’re asking for – and then some. #inceptionnoise

_ Jacobs – Humanism: My Anti-K: Affs on this topic embrace the exhilarating pursuit of the final
frontier. Learn how this unlocking of human potential slays negative K arguments.

_ Malsin – Giving Better Overviews: Stop hearing judges and lab leaders complain about your
overviews. Learn when to use them (and when not to), the perfect length, and what they should
always – and never – include.


_ Mulholand – Politics Theory: Ever found yourself up against a politics disadvantage that you’ve
got no cards to answer? Ever found yourself with a sick politics DA but not able to answer some
theory argument you didn’t understand very well? Have no fear. We’ll discuss some of the best
theory arguments you can make against the politics DA – including intrinsicness, bottom of the
docket, vote no, and fiat solves the link – as well as how to answer them.

_ Quigley – The Great Game: Thinking Cross-X Like a Tactician and a Clown: We work to
develop each person's cx personality while planning out each question like you are preparing for
battle. In order to win the most important 6 minutes of every debate, you have to learn to control
your ethos as well as your mind.

_ Ramakrishnan – How to Debate Against a New Argument: The most panic-stricken moments
in debate occur in 2AC prep time when you have no answers to their new off-case or pre-round
prep against a new aff. Not all of us are Boy Scouts – preparation is good but being caught off-guard is inevitable. We’ll discuss how to recover your senses and win without specific evidence.

_ Sears – Running and Gunning in the 1AR: This seminar will teach you how to become more
efficient in the 1AR and make the 2N’s life miserable. We’ll go over all of my favorite 1AR tricks,
and how to deal with new block developments in devastating ways.

_ Strange – A Theory of Fiat: We’ll discuss the nature of fiat and develop arguments regarding the
nature of affirmative fiat, the limits of negative fiat, and the kritik use of “should.”



DARTMOUTH DEBATE INSTITUTE
July 17 - August 14, 2011
Elective #2 – Wednesday July 27 11:00 a.m.

Please rank your top choice #1, your second choice #2 and your third choice #3 for each time slot.

_ Crowe – Hegemony: This elective teaches the ins and outs of hegemony as a model for how to
Approach constructing and deploying the impact turn.

_ Kernoff – The 2AC: For Good or For Awesome? A good 2AC makes smart arguments on all of
the flows. An awesome 2AC makes the block virtually impossible and makes the 1AR
significantly more effective. I will talk about giving the 2AC and then we will use remaining time
to work on examples. Bring any 2AC blocks that you want to talk about.

_ Malsin – Defense as the Best Offense: Defense is an essential element to successful strategy on
both sides of the resolution. Learn the magic of absolute defense, the pure gold of a good impact
defense file, and the best ways to make all of this work for you.

_ Mulholand – Neg Strategy: An effective 2N knows that all time is prep time and that it’s all about
setting up the best possible 2NR. This elective will identify some of the techniques that go into
constructing effective negative strategies before and during debates.

_ Olney – Nietzsche: We’ll talk about what Nietzsche really says, why the argument is so difficult to
answer, how he lays the groundwork for a whole variety of 20th century critical theory, and what
implication all of this has for this year’s topic.


_ Quinn – Answering Performance Affs on the Space Topic: If you come face to face with a team
this year who says, "but we've got to explore the space of THIS ROOM," what will you say?
(besides the ever-predictable Framework). Come brainstorm unique positions against teams who'll
dress up as astronauts and aliens, or bring issues of race, gender, and non-humanism into the
round. Anybody who shows up dressed as Yoda will get a free high-five.

_ Serrano – Flowing 101: Come to practice and refine your flowing skills

_ Strange – Fundamentals of Counterplan Competition (Competition 101): A presentation of the
basics of competitiveness based on a historical review of the development of the theory. If you
don’t know what a “logical perm” is, if you can’t explain the difference between perms as
“policy” and perms as “tests,” etc, you should consider this class.



DARTMOUTH DEBATE INSTITUTE
July 17 - August 14, 2011
Elective #3 – Thursday July 28 10:00 a.m.

Please rank your top choice #1, your second choice #2 and your third choice #3 for each time slot.

_ Antonucci – Evidence Comparison: This is one of the most crucial skills in debate. Learn to
compare pieces of evidence efficiently and intelligently using complex but digestible metrics.
We’ll also discuss how to (ethically) control the reading of cards in the post-round.


_ Kernoff/Mulholand – Debating Word PICs Part 1: Rob thinks Word PICs are awesome.
Kathryn does not. Prepare for a throw down, as we discuss high-level techniques for defending
and destroying Word PICs with both theory and cards. [MUST ALSO SIGN UP FOR PART 2]


_ Malsin – 1AR Magic: A good 1AR doesn’t just recover from or react to the block – it makes the
2NR’s life miserable. This is why 2A’s complain that 1A’s tend to get higher points, despite
giving only one “real” speech. This elective will cover strategies for an effective 1AR as well as
what to do when you feel buried in a bottomless pit by the block.

_ Olney – The K framework: One of the most popular and least well understood arguments in
debate. This elective will cover why you need to be able to say framework, why you often
shouldn’t bother, and how the neg should answer it.


_ Ramakrishnan – Annoying Debaters & Cheap Shots: Cheap tricks aren’t just for prostitutes!
Learn how to defeat and be that annoying debater who wins on crap from the “necessary perm” to
“bottom of the docket”.

_ Sears – Impact Turns 101: We’ll address the basics of impact turning and discuss some that will
appear on this topic such as hegemony bad, growth bad, and proliferation good, as well as some
old favorites like wipeout, spark, and Malthus.

_ Serrano – 2A: back to basics: If you're scared you're making fundamental mistakes in the 2ac,
this elective is for you. We'll cover a 2ac checklist and talk about how to make and organize
modular blocks, how to allocate your time, how to help the 1ar effectively, and how to put the
most pressure on the negative block.

_ Strange – Topicality: A theory and strategy for making T arguments: Reasonability vs.
competing interpretations is a bad quibble, just like depth vs. breadth. A slightly different perspective provides a better theory of T and a superior strategy to employ. There are problems with most specific standards like ground, but limits provides a basis for determining if a definition is bad for debating.





DARTMOUTH DEBATE INSTITUTE
July 17 - August 14, 2011
Elective #4 – Thursday July 28 11:00 a.m.

Please rank your top choice #1, your second choice #2 and your third choice #3 for each time slot.

_ Antonucci/Serrano – Efficiency: Less words. More arguments. Video component. Class size
limited.

Here are the notes from the lecture:
http://ddi11.wikispaces.com/Efficiency+Lecture+Notes

_ Crowe – Judge Adaptation: The Art of reading the judge and learning how to win in front of anyone.
_ Kernoff/Mulholand – Debating Word PICs Part 2: Rob thinks Word PICs are awesome.
Kathryn does not. Prepare for a throw down, as we discuss high-level techniques for defending
and destroying Word PICs with both theory and cards. [MUST ALSO SIGN UP FOR PART 1]

_ Olney – Rethinking Foucault: This elective will offer some background on his thinking and use
that as a springboard for discussing how to more effectively use Foucault to construct your Ks
(particularly the security K), as well as how affirmatives can exploit the contradictions created by
the traditional interpretation.


_ Quigley – Writing K's People Actually Want to Judge: Come to this lecture if you want to turn
that pile of K goo into something that doesn't require a 5 minute overview and 26.5's. Come to this
lecture if you want to write K's that win.

_ Quinn – Tub-thumping 2AR’s: The last speech in the debate isn’t supposed to be delivered
through your nose or hiding behind your laptop. Even Roger Solt once said, “if the 2AR was a
weapon, it would be a sledgehammer…with bombs taped to it.” Come learn how to make judges
stop flowing and just listen to the power of your delivery. We might practice some techniques, so
bring comfortable shoes and protective eyewear.

_ Ramakrishnan – Debating Theory Like a Disad: Think risk and magnitude no longer matter
when you’re debating theory? Think again. Learn new ways of engaging the theory debate,
practice basics like internal link comparisons, and finally be able to fill a 5 minute theory 2AR.

_ Sears – The Free Market and Space: If the idea of NASA stealing your tax dollars to build
technology that doesn’t even work makes you see red, this is the seminar for you. We’ll go over
the Coercion K and the private CP, both core generics on this topic, as well as some NASA bad
arguments.



DARTMOUTH DEBATE INSTITUTE
July 17 - August 14, 2011
Elective #5 – Saturday July 30 10:00 a.m.

Please rank your top choice #1, your second choice #2 and your third choice #3 for each time slot.

_ Antonucci – Writing and Defending Critical Affirmatives: A quick and practical guide to
designing a critical affirmative, writing crucial blocks, and planning 2ARs. Also, some #realtalk
about the possible limitations of your judging pool and an assessment of just how #lunatic you can
get. Remember - if you aren’t cheating * you aren’t trying. *(“Cheating” in this context is only a
metaphor.)

_ Jacobs – Writing Case Negs: A “case hit” is not enough. With these techniques you can tear apart
your fiercest rivals’ affs.

_ Kernoff – The 2AR: Almost every debate is winnable in the 2AR, but few affirmatives are able to
take advantage of the situation. This elective will discuss how to resolve and win the debate in the
2AR.


_ Mulholand – The 1AR: The 1AR is one of the most intense speeches in debate because of the
time pressure and strategic thinking it requires. This elective will examine some of the most effective techniques of strategic and efficient argumentation that the 1A can deploy to shift the pressure back on to the 2N.

_ Quigley – History's Mysteries: Running and Answering History Based Affirmatives:
Counterfactuals, genealogies and the angels of history will never stop appearing. Learn what they
are, how to run um and how to beat um.

_ Quinn – How to be a Topicality Dementor: For the faint of heart, it might be better not to attend
this elective. Perhaps you could go do some yoga or get a vanilla smoothie. But if you're ready to take the T generic and work through the ins and outs of this year's topicality interpretations and their strategic advantages on the Neg and the Aff, with tips on execution, then put down your smoothie and join us... in guarding Azkaban.

_ Ramakrishnan – Big Picture Debating: See the forest in spite of the trees. One of the biggest
skills in debate is realizing how flows interact or where to make strategic concessions. Kick disads to strategically operate on other flows, spot the non-obvious double turn, make the most of your rebuttals. This lecture will help you step back and realize how the judge views the round. We’ll go over hypothetical and actual debates.

_ Serrano – Advanced CP Writing: Find out how to best write a CP text to ensure you can't lose.



DARTMOUTH DEBATE INSTITUTE
July 17 - August 14, 2011
Elective #6 – Saturday July 30 11:00 a.m.

Please rank your top choice #1, your second choice #2 and your third choice #3 for each time slot.

_ Antonucci – Negating Against Critical Affirmatives: Your first debate against a critical team
shouldn’t inspire anxiety. It should inspire the joy of easy ownage.

_ Crowe – Easy tips to being a better 2N: Learn the cheat sheet and some very important meta-
approaches to becoming the better, more efficient 2N.

_ Kernoff – All Your Counterplans are Belong to Us: Most of the counterplans on the topic either
have enormous solvency deficits or are not competitive. This elective will discuss how to beat
major counterplans including privatization, cooperation, recommendation, consultation, and agent
counterplans with an emphasis on permutations.


_ Malsin – Winning with the politics DA: Politics is a perennial winner – what’s not to love? Learn
how to deploy it with lethal precision.


_ Olney – Impact comparisons: It seems so simple. But debates are won and lost at the margins and
impact comparisons are one of the least effectively utilized ways of tipping the scales. Rather than sticking to the rote, unthinking application of probability, magnitude, timeframe, and ‘turns the case’ we will delve into the seldom-seen world of well-constructed impact evaluation.


_ Quigley – The Nazi's Wore Hats: Building a Better War Reference: Learn to reference obscure
wars and conflicts to amuse your friends and confound your enemies. We will deploy historical references to win everything from prolif good to Heidegger.

_ Sears – How to be a CX Ninja: Tired of getting pushed around in cross ex? This seminar will
teach you all the dirty tricks of the trade. You’ll learn to befuddle, misdirect, and embarrass your
opponents like only a Ninja can.

_ Serrano – ASPEC: If they said "United States Federal Government" and you've taken this
elective, you can't lose.



DARTMOUTH DEBATE INSTITUTE
July 17 - August 14, 2011
Elective #7 – Monday August 1 10:00 a.m.

Please rank your top choice #1, your second choice #2 and your third choice #3 for each time slot.

_ Crowe – How to debate Plan-Contingent Counterplans: Learning to debate for and against
(both theoretically and substantively) consultation, delay and conditioning counterplans.

_ Jacobs – Latour: Destroyer of Ks: Come learn about an innovative new argument capable of
cutting down the most annoying K affs at a point of vulnerability they didn’t even know existed.
_ Kernoff – Debating the Case (Aff and Neg): Even highly skilled debaters often have trouble
answering and extending case arguments. We’ll talk about how to debate the case without destroying the line-by-line structure or getting bogged down and wasting your time.

_ Mulholand – Debating Between the Lines: Tired of 2-1’s? Most debates appear closer to the
judge than they do to the competitors, and seemingly minor distinctions made in the closing
rebuttals can prove crucial in swinging the ballot. This elective will examine how and where to
make the important distinctions that win close debates.

_ Olney – Going for the K: Lots of people go for the K, but few do it well. In this elective we’ll
discuss how to structure your 1NC, how to construct your link arguments, the utility (or lack thereof) of the 2NC overview, the checklist of crucial arguments you must resolve, and the ways you can conceptualize the problem posed by the framework/perm/alt nexus.


_ Quinn – Tub-thumping 2AR’s: The last speech in the debate isn’t supposed to be delivered
through your nose or hiding behind your laptop. Even Roger Solt once said, “if the 2AR was a weapon, it would be a sledgehammer…with bombs taped to it.” Come learn how to make judges stop flowing and just listen to the power of your delivery. We might practice some techniques, so bring comfortable shoes and protective eyewear.

_ Strange – Strategic Use of Cross-examination: Good CX is essential to winning many debates.
You’re not likely to win debates in CX, but good CX can help you win in your speeches. We’ll quickly outline how to CX and practice asking questions.




DARTMOUTH DEBATE INSTITUTE
July 17 - August 14, 2011
Elective #8 – Monday August 1 11:00 a.m.

Please rank your top choice #1, your second choice #2 and your third choice #3 for each time slot.

_ Antonucci – Don’t Lose to International Fiat: We’ll discuss why international fiat is bad for
fairness, bad for debate practice, and a threat to your personal health and well-being. For the sake
of argument, I’ll unenthusiastically defend international fiat as well.

_ Jacobs – Advanced Negative Strategy: Learn some big-picture strategic perspectives and crafty
tricks of the negative trade from one of last year’s most successful college 2Ns. Aff sympathizers
not welcome.

_ Kernoff – Judge Adaptation: Judges are not black boxes - much as we might pretend otherwise,
adaptation is critical to winning debates and improving your speaker points. In this elective, we
will discuss the major types of judges and how to win them over. 

_ Malsin – 1AR Magic: A good 1AR doesn’t just recover from or react to the block – it makes the
2NR’s life miserable. This is why 2A’s complain that 1A’s tend to get higher points, despite
giving only one “real” speech. This elective will cover strategies for an effective 1AR as well as
what to do when you feel buried in a bottomless pit by the block.


_ Olney – How to be a top speaker: Some people win speaker awards because they’re funny or
have tons of talent. The rest of us don’t have it so easy. Come here to find out how those of us
who have no personality can still manage to take home the silverware.


_ Quinn – Answering the K with Critical Space as the example: The key to winning on the Aff
against the K is to, as the Zen saying goes, “ride your horse along the edge of the sword and hide
in the middle of the flames.”
Most 2AC’s against the K use a fly-swatter when chopsticks will do. You’ll learn how to shape and rephrase your answers to make them more responsive and offensive against any kritik.

_ Sears – The New Cold War: the US and China in Space: If you thought the cold war ended in
the 20th century, you need to think again. This seminar will address US/Sino competition in space,
and teach you everything you need to know about surviving the New Cold War.

_ Strange – How to Run Winning Disadvantages: DA’s (including some posing as K’s) are the
cornerstone of any negative strategy; they are your offense. We’ll discuss ways to write shells,
pummel the 2AC, befuddle the 1AR, and close the door on aff answers.




DARTMOUTH DEBATE INSTITUTE
July 17 - August 14, 2011
Elective #9 – Tuesday August 2 10:00 a.m.

Please rank your top choice #1, your second choice #2 and your third choice #3 for each time slot.

_ Antonucci – Advanced Counterplan Competition: What’s functional and textual competition? Is
that distinction even meaningful? Can we compete against the entirety of a noun category? How
do we determine who has the right to define the scope of the plan? These questions may sound a
little dry - if you don’t care about winning. Approach theoretical debates at the productive margins
of competition with real confidence.

_ Crowe – Impacts and Decision-making through Ender's Game: This elective explores the role
of ethics and decision-making in space. Attendees must have read Orson Scott Card's Ender's
Game to attend.

_ Jacobs – The House of Theory: Theory debates are often ‘blippy’ and irritating. Take this elective
to find out what’s really at stake. A guaranteed path to victory and higher speaker points.

_ Malsin – Giving Effective 2NRs: An effective 2N is the scariest thing in the world. Become one
and watch the left side of the pairing tremble.

_ Ramakrishnan – What Not To Do: It’s like What Not to Wear without the fashion advice. Get a
debate makeover and learn what mistakes to avoid. Guest star: Tatsuro Yamamura.

_ Quigley – Working Hard or Hardly Working: Running All Types of Critical Affirmatives:
We will run through all different types of critical affs and discuss their construction, strengths and
weaknesses. From chair dancing and pie throwing to white supremacy and social justice, we'll do
it all.

_ Quinn – Migraine-inducing 1NR’s Part 1: With the extra prep time, 1NR’s are held to higher
standards. Learn how to exceed even those expectations and enjoy the best speech in debate. No
1AR will consider standing-up ever again, not even if they accidentally sit on their timer.
Apologies to the National Migraine Association. [MUST ALSO SIGN UP FOR PART 2]

_ Sears – Politrickery: This seminar will address the finer points of the politics DA. We’ll go over
intrinsicness and other theory arguments and how to answer them, as well as the best aff strategies
for beating the Obama DA (and how to defeat them on the negative).



DARTMOUTH DEBATE INSTITUTE
July 17 - August 14, 2011
Elective #10 – Tuesday August 2 11:00 a.m.

Please rank your top choice #1, your second choice #2 and your third choice #3 for each time slot.

_ Antonucci – Revolution: Marxism informs a huge swath of debate arguments. It’s helpful to
understand this school of thought beyond the Communist Manifesto and Meszaros’ greatest hits.
We’ll delve into theory but at the same time carefully track practical in-round application.

_ Crowe – Make Cutting Cards SIMPLE: Taking too long to research? Learn some of the many
technological shortcuts that will cut the mechanics of your card cutting in half.

_ Jacobs – Preparation (for 2Ns): 90% of debates are won before the tournament begins. Learn
how to lock up victory and undercut the aff’s luxury of infinite prep time.

_ Malsin – Being aff against the K: It’s a thrilling moment when the 1NC starts with “1 off.” Learn
the basic toolbox that you will need to draw from against every kritik, and the fatal flaws of these
types of arguments that you can exploit on the road to victory.


_ Mulholand – Debating Topicality: In this session, we’ll discuss some of the core arguments and
techniques that go into winning topicality debates. We’ll start with a general discussion of
effective T debating and move on to some more specific comments regarding the major violations
likely to be debated under this year’s resolution.

_ Quinn – Migraine-inducing 1NR’s Part 2: With the extra prep time, 1NR’s are held to higher
standards. Learn how to exceed even those expectations and enjoy the best speech in debate. No
1AR will consider standing-up ever again, not even if they accidentally sit on their timer.
Apologies to the National Migraine Association. [MUST ALSO SIGN UP FOR PART 1]

_ Strange – PICs Are Good: A discussion of the theoretical defense of plan inclusive counterplans
and briefs answering all the common objections.



DARTMOUTH DEBATE INSTITUTE
July 17 - August 14, 2011
Elective #11 – Thursday August 4 9:00 a.m.

Please rank your top choice #1, your second choice #2 and your third choice #3 for each time slot.

_ Antonucci – Impact Comparison: Done correctly, this produces wins more effectively than any
other debate skill. It’s also intellectually valuable, and portable to almost any decisionmaking
context. We’ll explore how to compare impacts effectively without solely resorting to a checklist.

_ Crowe – Easy tips to being a better 2N: Learn the cheat sheet and some very important meta-
approaches to becoming the better, more efficient 2N.

_ Jacobs –Space History: You have to know the past to understand the present.” This saying is
particularly true for debating Ks. Learn the history of the US space program, space race, and
military spin-offs that you'll need to give persuasive K speeches--on both sides.

_ Kernoff – Conditionality: In this elective, we will discuss arguments for and against
conditionality, generate arguments for theory blocks, and discuss how to win that conditionality is
good or bad in the rebuttals.


_ Malsin – Being aff against politics: Politics is one of the worst arguments in debate. Learn how to
defeat it with nothing more than the giant stick of your aff and a few logical analytics.


_ Ramakrishnan – Debating for a Small School: In a dog-eat-dog world, it’s hard to be the
miniature poodle. Maximize the resources you do have! Learn the best methods for coping with fewer card-cutters, fewer coaches, and less money. We’ll discuss how to deal with logistics, strategic ways of divvying up research and how to pick arguments that play into your squad’s strengths.

_ Quigley – Not In My House: Being the Dikembe Mutombo of 2A's: First google the name,
n00bs. Second, come to this lecture to be indoctrinated in the international society of 2A's - a wonderful and sacred bond shared worldwide based on hard work and resentment of your partner. We will make you better, stronger, though probably not faster.

_ Serrano – Topicality - Advanced Negative strategy: How to research, run, and win on T on the
neg.



DARTMOUTH DEBATE INSTITUTE
July 17 - August 14, 2011
Elective #12 – Friday August 5 9:00 a.m.

Please rank your top choice #1, your second choice #2 and your third choice #3 for each time slot.

_ Antonucci – Politics Theory: Politics is by far the most popular negative argument in policy
debate. It’s also a little sketchy. We’ll both review and rehearse a range of politics theory
arguments and good tricks to ensure that a gap in your politics updates won’t translate into an
undeserved loss.

_ Mulholand – Cross-examination: Cross-x is one part of debate that high school competitors
frequently don’t make the most of, but it’s often one of the most significant elements in close
debates. In this elective, we’ll identify strategies for making cross-examination more useful and
effective.

_ Olney – The 2NR: The 2NR has to be efficient like a 1AR and persuasive like a 2AR, while
narrowing the debate down and preempting the cheating maneuvers of the 2AR. This elective will give you tips on how to manage the hardest speech in debate.

_ Quigley – Beat Um or Join Um: Approaching Non-Traditional Arguments: Come to this
lecture if you want to not be scared when you have to debate the dreaded "non-traditional" team. Come to this lecture if you are interested in learning about what "non-traditional" debate is, where it came from, and whether it’s for you.

_ Ramakrishnan – Advanced Impact Calculus: Tired of “we outweigh on magnitude, timeframe
and probability”? Want to learn how fairness outweighs education (or vice versa)? This elective is
like the diff EQ of debate impact calc. The art of impact comparisons can make a huge debate
smaller, make concessions less damning, and is the biggest factor in deciding between a win and
loss.

_ Sears – Killing Counterplans: This seminar will teach you to defeat a slew of common
counterplans through permutations. The counterplans we’ll address will include: conditions,
consultation, agent CPs, and the states CP.

_ Serrano – DDI to your first tournament: Learn how to prepare for the first tournament in a
sustainable way to bring you year-long success.