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Lain coaching American National Debate Team in Japan

Brian Lain, coach, UNT Debate Brian A. Lain, right, associate professor of communication studies and director of the Debate Team, is coaching the American National Debate Team as it participates in non-competitive, exhibition debates with students at colleges, universities and high schools in Japan.

The American National Debate Team, which includes students from the University of Maryland and the University of Michigan, is representing the National Communication Association and its Committee on International Discussion and Debate at the June event. The committee promotes international understanding of the practice of communication through discussion and debates between U.S. students and students from other nations.

Under Lain's direction, Debate Team members qualified eight out of 10 years for the National Debate Tournament, considered to be the most prestigious tournament in competitive policy debate for U.S. college and university students. UNT students have also qualified each year since 2002 for the Cross Examination Debate Association National Tournament.    

In 2012, the Debate Team placed among the top 30 teams at the National Debate Tournament. It also placed among the top eight teams at the 2012 Cross Examination Debate Association National Tournament, which recognized the debate program with its National Public Sphere Award and named two students to its All American Debate Squad.

Debate Team members won the 2011 National Junior Division Debate Tournament, and took second place at that tournament in 2012. The National Junior Division tournament is sanctioned by the National Debate Tournament and is open to teams of students who have competed in college debate for two or fewer years.

Nancy Kolsti, News Promotions

Posted on: Fri 08 June 2012

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