Sunday, April 20, 2008

Lecture: Kate Shuster Pedagogy Keynote 2008 International Conference

Kate Shuster with Zoran Jankovic, Mayor of Ljubljana, Slovenia

A speech about what we know and don't know about the links between debate and educational outcomes delivered by Kate Shuster of the Claremont Graduate School in California. For more about Kate see

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From the 2nd International Conference on Argumentation, Rhetoric, Debate and the Pedagogy of Empowerment, April 2008, held at the Faculty of Administration, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Sponsored by Institute of Education Republic of Slovenia, World Debate Institute University of Vermont, and Za in Proti (ZIP) Slovenia. The next conference will be held in 2010.


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Monday, April 14, 2008

2nd Conference Held in Ljubljana

Omar Salahuddin (Malaysia), Anna Swersky (Israel) and Sam Nelson (USA)

Hello from Ljubljana, Slovenia.

As I write this the Second International Conference on Argumentation, Rhetoric, Debate and the Pedagogy of Empowerment, Thinking and Speaking a Better World, has just concluded at the Faculty of Administration at the University of Ljubljana.

With 22 countries represented and a full program of academic papers presented it would be hard not to call it a success. Exchange of ideas, learning and networking all abounded at the event. Including:
  • Excellent keynote speeches by Frans van Eemeren of Netherlands, Kate Shuster of the USA and Omar Salahuddin on Malaysia.
  • Wonderful reception at City Hall provided by the mayor, Zoran Jankovic, including a private tour of the city castle battlements.
  • Sharp and focused interchange between panelists and audience at the many sessions.
  • Wonderful breaks where plans were made for future cooperation and refinement of ideas.
  • An excellent banquet featuring mountains of delicious Slovenian food.
  • Videos, exhibition debates and panel discussions.

Many of these events were videotaped and will be on the web soon as well as announcements about the publication of a proceedings volume. We are proud to announce a new cooperative arrangement with the journal Controversia to seek submission to some of our papers.

Thanks to all hosts and organizers, and especially to all who attended. World Debate Institute University of Vermont and Za in Proti Slovenia were proud to be the organizers.

More to come about the next conference, now planned or 2010.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Program Booklet Available Online

From Alfred Snider:

The program booklet is now available online. Bojana Skrt will check for and change some of the characters that did not come through and add a few other things, but this is it.

You can find it at

Thanks to everyone who helped with this project, and especially all of the authors of our many fine papers.

I am very excited about the conference.

See you in Ljubljana!

Monday, April 7, 2008

Final Program Update

Here it is. The booklet has now gone to the printer, but please let us know if there are problems.

2nd International Conference on Argumentation, Rhetoric, Debate and the Pedagogy of Empowerment
11-12-13 April 2008, Ljubljana, Slovenia


SCHEDULE (getting close to being final)

FRIDAY, 11th April 2008

12.00 – 14.00 Registration

14.00 – 14. 30 Main Hall: Opening and welcoming remarks

14.30 – 16.00 Presentations

Room 1 Argumentation

Chair: Lillian Bermejo Luque

Bilal Amjarso (Netherlands): What is persuasive about dealing with anticipated counterarguments? A pragma-dialectical study of a form of strategic manoeuvring

C. Andone (Netherlands): Manouevring strategically by retracting a standpoint in what can be reconstructed as the confrontation stage of a critical discussion

Paul van den Hoven (Netherlands): Playing with the Protagonist: Strategic manipulations with discourse voices

Room 2 Debate

Chair: Steve Woods

Anna Mojca England Kerr, Debate club of Faculty of social science, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia: A comparison between World Schools Debate Format and British Parliamentary Debate Format

Alex Just, Wadham College, Oxford University, UK: William Gladstone: A Model British Parliamentary Debater?

Kyle Rouse, undergraduate, Cornell University, USA: The international debating workshop as the ideal vehicle for the learning of World's Format Debating: Personal reflections on the 2007 International Debate Academy - Slovenia

Alfred Snider, University of Vermont, USA

Room 3 Debate

Chair: Rozalia Bako

Manolis Polychronides, PhD Candidate, University of Athens, Greece: Does debating, as an extracurricular activity, promote democratic values and skills? An empirical study in 14 Greek High schools.

Kate Shuster, Claremont College, USA: Not Making the Case: A Critical Examination of Research Supporting Urban Debate Leagues.

Bojan Marjanovi_, Chairman of the Executive board, Croatian debating society.Final year student of Sociology, department of Sociology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb Croatia and Dea Ajdukovi_, HDD – Hrvatsko debatno dru_tvo (Croatian Debate Association), Croatia: Evaluation of Croatian debating society debate program

Teodora Dubrovi_, Primary school »Milan Brozovi_«Kastav Croatia and Dr Svjetlana Koli_ Vehovec, University of Rijeka, Croatia: Debate as a strategy of teaching and discussion.

Room 4 – Pedagogy

Chair: Chris Langone

Lara Godec Sozak, Slovenia: How to Improve Students' Oral Presentations

Vida Von_ina, Slovenia: Critical literacy and motivation for responsible engagement in a community

Candace Williams, USA: Debate and Plagiarism: Do Current Debate Practices Violate School Honor Codes?

Main Hall
14.30 »Svetovci« showing the TV documentary about Slovenian highschool debate team participating at the Worlds School Debate Championship in Seoul 2007, followed by the discussion with the authors of the film and debaters.

16.00 – 16.30 Break

16.30 – 18.00 Main Hall
KEYNOTE Frans van Eemeren

18.15 Buses leave for the reception given by mayor of Ljubljana Zoran Jankovi_

19.00 Reception in the Ljubljana city hall

Saturday, 12th of April 2008

9.30 – 11. 30 Presentations

Room 1 Argumentation

Chair: Satoru Aonuma

Michael Hoppmann (Germany): On Three Kinds of Argumentative Responses

Constanza Ihnen (Netherlands): Exploiting topical potential with practical argumentation: what do arguers choose when they choose between arguments from consequences and arguments from principles or norms?

Lyudmila Kourchak (Belarus): Pragma-Dialectical Theory of Argumentation as a Background for Analyzing and Criticizing of a Cross-Cultural Business Communication.

Room 2 Debate

Chair: Manolis Polychronides

Alex Just, Program Director, QatarDebate, Qatar: QatarDebate and the future of debate education in the Arab World

Dr Ann Kirson Swersky, Founder and Chairperson, Sia’h vaSig – The Israel Debating Society, Israel: Establishing Parliamentary Debate in Modern Israel

Teodora Dubrovi_, prof. president of Croatian debate society and
Nada Kegalj, prof., member of the governing board of CDS, Croatia: Debate program in Croatia

Room 3 Debate

Chair: Steve Woods

Sam Nelson, Director of Debate, Cornell University: Teaching debate in non-traditional places to non-traditional audiences.

John Adams, Director of Colgate University Speaking Union, USA: Stasis, Debate, and Accountability

Donald Reape and Sam Nelson Cornell University, USA: The case against American style policy debate: A personal narrative

Room 4 Pedagogy

Chair: Bojan Marjanovi_

Panagiota Kotarinou, Anastasia Chrisanthaki-Apostolopoulou, Despina Koutli, Greece« Using “debate” in the teaching of Science

Ivana Mijatovi_ Serbia: Empowering active participation in teaching quality management courses

George Yeoman, UK: Creating or re-kindling a 'thirst for knowledge’ about global issues in the classroom

Daniela Kozlovi_, Slovenia: Debate and skill development in the philosophy class

Main Hall

9.30 Round table discussion: Is debate the best method for teaching rhetoric in the middle school?
Chair: Bojana Skrt, speakers Kristina Stopar, Irena Lapanje and others

Room 7 Special Event

10.30 Workshop: Alfred Snider, University of Vermont, USA: Tabulating a debate tournament using TRPC program of Dr. Rich Edwards

11.30 – 12.00 Break

12.00 – 13.30 Main Hall
Keynote Kate Shuster

13.30 – 14.30 Lunch in the Faculty of Social Science cafeteria

14.30 – 16.30 Presentations

Room 1 Argumentation

Chair: Henrik Bohlin

Marcin Lewi_ski (Netherlands): The straw man fallacy in the Internet discussion forums

Peter Mesarec (Slovenia): Argumentation and logical fallacies in the Slovenian presidential election debate

Bart Garssen (Netherlands): Ad hominem attacks as derailments of critical testing

Room 2 Debate

Chair: Michael Hoppmann

Conor Tucker, Student, Colgate University, USA: Rhetoric, Debate, and Deliberation: The Colgate Policy Institute

Ameila Kermis, undergraduate, Cornell University, USA: Ethos, Pathos, Logos in competitive debate: Can they be balanced?

Alfred Snider, University of Vermont, USA: NPPF: Combining writing with oral debate

Room 3 Debate

Chair: David Williams

Ivanka Mavrodieva, PhD, Rhetoric Department, Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia
Debates during the Presidential election campaigns in Bulgaria (from 1991 till 2005)

Boris Vezjak, Faculty of Arts, Maribor, Arguments, fallacies and media

Steven Woods, Ph.D., Department of Communication, Western Washington University: Arguments of Mass Destruction: The Nexus between Intercollegiate Debaters Catastrophic Impact Claims and Bush Administration Invasion Appeals

Rozália Klára Bakó, Sapientia University of Transylvania, Miercurea Ciuc, Romania and Gizela Horváth, Partium Christian University, Oradea, Romania: The Religious Icons‘ Scandal: Radiography of a Public Debate in Romania

Room 4 Pedagogy

Chair: Maria Wolrath Sodeberg

Andreas Felten, Germany: New Debate Formats and “Pre-Debate-Forms“ for classroom use

Sam Greenland, Australia: Teaching English through debate in Hong Kong

Mateja Glu_i_ Lenar_i_, Slovenia: Together in diversity – promoting intercultural dialogue in language classes through debate

Room 5 Pedagogy

Chair: Alex Just

Nives Videc, Slovenia
Debate with six and seven year-olds in the first grade of nine years' primary school in Slovenia

Maja Bregar, Slovenia: Examples of debates with six and seven year-olds in the first grade of nine years' primary school in Slovenia

Hedvika Dermol Hvala, Slovenia
Development of rhetorical skills in primary school pupils

Veronika Hovnik, Slovenia
Philosophy for children through debate

Main Hall
Live debate on the motion »Media are responsible for anorexia and bulemia among youth.« debaters from Debate club Middle school Rodica Dom_ale, coach Irena Lapanje.

Round table discussion: MIDDLE SCHOOL DEBATE PROGRAMME, speakers Kate Shuster, USA Teodora Dubrovi_, Croatia, chair: Bojana Skrt, Slovenia

16.30 – 17.00 Break

17:00 – 19.00 Presentations

Room 1 Argumentation

CHAIR: Michael Hoppmann

Lillian Bermejo Luque (Spain): Rhetorical argumentation vs. the rhetorical dimension of argumentation

Cristián Santibáñez Yáñez (Chile): Metaphorical design from an argumentative point of view

Roosmaryn Pilgram (Netherlands): Characterising character: Analysing appeals to ethos in a dialectical framework

Satoru Aonuma and Naoto Usui (Japan): In Defense of Argument Culture: A Rhetorical Criticism of Asiacentric Bias in Intercultural Communication

Room 2 Debate

Chair: Anja _erc

Miha Gartner, Gimnazija Celje – Center, Celje, Slovenia: Mentorship of debate club.

Helena Felc, Faculty of administration, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, under – graduate student: Promotion of a debate club - story of success or failure?

Alfred Snider, University of Vermont, USA: Middle Age Debate Transition - How One Coach Changed Horses in Mid Career

Bojana Skrt, Za in proti, zavod za kulturo dialoga, Slovenia: Debate as a subject.

Room 3 Debate

Chair: Steve Woods

Javier Rodríguez Alcázar, University of Granada, Spain: Risk Assessment: the Limits of Expertise and the Role of Public Debate

Korry Harvey, Lecturer and Assistant Director of Forensic, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA USA: Beyond Competitive Decision Making: A Primer on Civil Discourse and Deliberative Dialogue Methodology

Sam Nelson, Director of Debate, Cornell University, USA: Debate - What its past and present can tell us about its future

Room 4 – Pedagogy

Chair: Maja Nenadovic

Natasa Makove_ki, Slovenia
Debate (techniques) through the lens of the curriculum reform of upper-secondary vocational and technical education in Slovenia

Nena Mijoc and Du_ana Findeisen, Slovenia
Reciprocal and mutual learning within study circles at the Slovenian Third Age University

Uve Poom, Estonia: Factors influencing student reflection in the experiential education context: case study of debate education

Irena Lapanje, Slovenia
Teaching Young Not to Believe Everything

Main Hall

17.00 Live debate: Worlds School Debate Format on the motion – this House should boycot the openning of the Beijing Olimpic games«

19.15 Buses leave for the banquet

19.45 – 22.00 Banquet in Grad Kodeljevo

Sunday, 13th of April 2008

9.30 – 11.30 Presentations

Room 1 Argumentation

Chair: Bart Garssen

Henrik Bohlin (Sweden): Perspectives in critical thinking

Danilo _uster (Slovenia): Some dilemmas of informal logic

David Cratis Williams (USA): Rhetorical Approach to Problems of Education

Room 2 Debate

Chair: Sam Greenland

Bo_ena Perko, Kri_e Primary School, Slovenia: Solving conflicts in school by means of coeval mediation

Maja Nenadovi_, Fellow of the George Bell Institute, University of Amsterdam, PhD Candidate: Giving Back the Voice

Dea Ajdukovi_, HDD – Hrvatsko debatno dru_tvo (Croatian Debate Association), Croatia: Attitude change and need for cognition in debaters and non-debaters

Karlina Ko_elj, Master of Politology American Studies, Professor of English and Slovene at Secondary School for Catering and Tourism Celje, Slovenia: I am proud to say: these are my students.

Room 3 Debate

Chair: Anja _erc

Jerneja Domajnko. Post – gradute student at ISH, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Debating and equal opportunities for everyone.

Christopher Langone, graduate student Department of Communication, Tyler Solloway, student, Cornell University, USA: Debate and the media

Veronika Hovnik, Gimnazija Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia: Tekma

Albert Mrgole, Slovenia: Multi-systemic perspectives of school discourse

Room 4 Pedagogy

Chair: John Adams

Maria Wolrath Soderberg, Sweden: Pedagogical consequences of viewing topoi as habits

Istvan Pusztai, Sweden
Unwanted heritage: the reminiscences of the authoritarian political system in Hungary built obstacles for practicing democratic teaching methods in schools

Darinka Vrabi_ and Alenka Gortan, Slovenia: Does matura exam restrict critical thinking and how debate can contribute to the quality of lessons

Alfred Snider & Bojana Skrt, USA & Slovenia: Teaching teachers to use debate in the classroom

Main Hall
9.30 Round table discussion: Challenges of running the university debate club,
Chair: Simon Grabrovec, Slovenia
Speakers: Sam Nelson, USA, Alex Just UK/Qatar, Omar Salahuddin bin Abdullah, Malaysia, Steve Woods, USA

11.30 – 12.00 Break

12.00 – 13.30
Keynote: Omar Salahuddin bin Abdullah, Malaysia

13.30 Main Hall
Closing ceremony

14.00 – 15.00 Main Hall
Demonstration debate: Worlds University Debate Format
Debaters: Candace Williams, USA, Sam Greenland, Honk Kong/Australia, Manolis Polychronides, Greece, Omar Salahuddin bin Abdullah, Malaysia, Alfred C. Snider, USA, Alex Just, UK/Qatar, Anna Mojca England Kerr, Slovenia, Sam Nelson, USA.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Map for Getting Around Ljubljana

Peter Mesarec has prepared some directions for us.
I have prepared a map of Ljubljana with the most important points in the city marked on it. The map is interactive, that means, you can zoom in or zoom out using the "+ or +) button and move around the map with your mouse.

The map can be located at

The buses that the participants can use are the buses 6, 8, 20 and 21, and the entry and exit bus stops are marked on the map. The buses 8, 20 and 21 operate from 6 am till 10 pm and the bus 6 operates from 4 am till 12 pm.

Taxis can be reached at +386801190, this is a cheaper METRO TAXI, but they can be busy during nights. If this is the case, call +386801117 Laguna TAXI.

Walking from the city center to the Faculty of administration is not complicated, just follow the big Dunajska street and turn right at Dimičeva ulica and then left onto Gosarjeva ulica (they are all marked on the map).