Locations/Dates
ISD: Florida  (June 27 - July 10, 2020 at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL)
ISD: Carolina  (July 12 - 25, 2020 at Queens University of Charlotte in Charlotte, NC)
Tuition

Residential Program

(all-inclusive room and board)
2 Weeks
$3,150
1 Week
$2,150

Commuter Program

(lunch and dinner only)
2 Weeks
$1,850
1 Week
$1,250
Lincoln-Douglas debate involves two competitors who examine questions of morality, justice and democracy through an adversarial debate. Students take on complex messages and develop arguments that are persuasive and clear. With a heavy focus on philosophy and ethics, Lincoln-Douglas debate asks students to think beyond what is merely preferable, but the reasons behind our decisions. Whether through evaluating the effects of governmental decision to discussing human’s ability to rationalize, Lincoln-Douglas debate takes a critical view at today’s world and who we are as humans.

How we teach | How students grow

The ISD Lincoln-Douglas program is committed to individualized instruction focused on skill development, case-writing, research and in-round strategy. Beginning students can find a program built around foundational knowledge and skill sets. Students will leave with an understanding of how Lincoln-Douglas debate works and how to be successful in competitive rounds from the very start of the year.

Experienced and/or returning students will find that ISD Lincoln-Douglas is built around focusing on how to develop the skills needed to succeed through the diverse world of Lincoln-Douglas. Curriculum focuses around continuing to develop traditional skills while introducing students to a variety of more complex, progressive skills. Students will spend independent time continuing to read topic literature while gaining reinforcement of important philosophical works.

From Our Curriculum Director

“Our curriculum is focused on creating well-rounded students who can debate in a wide variety of styles. Debate is not about learning a bag of tricks but is instead focused on improving research skills, case writing, in round strategy, speaking, and logic. Our goal is to create Lincoln-Douglas debaters who wants to succeed across the nation and throughout a variety of tournaments.”

– Crawford Leavoy, ​Curriculum Director - Lincoln-Douglas

Typical Daily Schedule

8:00 - 8:50am
Breakfast
9:00 - 10:00am
Topic Lecture on Possible Topics
10:00am - 12:30pm
Lab/Practicum/Hands-On-Experience
12:30 - 1:30pm
Lunch/Break
1:30 - 2:30pm
Philosophy/Framework Lecture
2:30 - 5:00pm
Skills Lecture/Practicum and Lab
5:15 - 6:30pm
Dinner
6:30 - 8:00pm
Evening Session/Office Hours
After 8:00pm
Commuters must depart campus
10:00pm
Resident students must be inside the residence hall
11:00pm
Room Check (resident students must be in their rooms at this time)
11:00pm - 7:00am
Quiet Hours