Special Program for Advanced Debate Campers

registered campers only

Admission to this program is by application

Application for this Program ends may 31st


PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

This year, we will be offering our very popular Advanced Debate Program for all three weeks! David Kimel will return to teach our Advanced Debate Program for Weeks One and Two of camp. We are so excited to announce that Sofiya Andreyeva will be teaching Week Three's Advanced Debate Program. David Kimel will focus on advanced topics in oratory and argumentation, while Sofiya Andreyeva will focus on the International Public Policy Forum topic for next year. 

Both of these are rare and exciting opportunities!


David Kimel: Westfield Academy is very excited to announce that the Coach of the award-winning Yale debate team, David Kimel, is once again returning this summer to the Westfield Summer Camp to teach a special program for Advanced Debate Students this summer.  Admission to this program is by application. David was the Head Coach of the Yale Debate Association from 2010-2015. Under his guidance, the team won First Place Club of the Year for all the years David has been coaching them. This summer at camp, David will teach an advanced program geared for experienced debaters who want to really focus on bringing their skills to the next level. This program will be appropriate for, although not limited to, juniors and seniors who are looking to make the transition to college debating. This is a rare and exciting opportunity!  Debaters who attended David’s classes in the past have gone on to win a number of international and regional debate tournaments including: the International Public Policy Forum; the Loomis Debate Competition (twice!), Yale Osterweis (twice!), McGill Junior Invitational Parliamentary Competition and Northfield-Mount Hermon. David graduated from Harvard, summa cum laude and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. When he was a senior at Harvard, David received intercollegiate debate's highest honor being named the First Place team of the year. He received the Howard Greenbaum Medal for speech and debate, Harvard's most prestigious prize for speech and debate.  David is currently a PhD candidate in history at Yale and expects to receive his doctorate within the year. In 2012-2013, he received the Yale Prize Teaching Fellow.

Weeks 1 & 2: FORMAT OF DAVID'S PROGRAM

This program has been incredibly well received for the past two years. Campers leaving this program see a marked increase in their debating and analytical skills and knowledge base. The group will meet with David five days of the week for approximately four and a half hours a day.  The program will focus on advanced topics in oratory and argumentation. Special emphasis will be placed on applying the theoretical tools learned in class to hypothetical rounds, bridging the gap between topics normally seen in high school debate and the more advanced fare of college-level competition. Students will apply the topics learned to a debate which will be critiqued by David.  Students will also have the opportunity to serve with David on a judging panel and compare their comments with David’s – a unique and powerful opportunity.   Every week culminates in a highly-anticipated in-house debate tournament.

WEEKLY TOPICS WILL INCLUDE SOME OR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING

David decided to structure this year's camp around classical oratory and debate from Greece to Rome. Masterpieces of ancient speechwriting from Demosthenes to Cicero will be examined to elucidate the aims and standards of oratory and debate. Students will not only explore seminal works of ancient democratic cultures, but have ample opportunity to argue ancient cases, emulate different kinds of styles in speech-writing workshops, and investigate ancient theories about the practice of oratory still relevant in modern classrooms.  

Speeches Explored

  • Demosthenes’ The Oration on the Crown
  • Lysias’ On the Murder of Eratosthenes
  • Apollodoros’ Against Neaera
  • Selections from Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War
  • Selections from Sallust’s History of the Civil War
  • Cicero’s First Speech Against Catilina
  • Cicero’s Pro Caelio  
  • Selections from Tacitus’ Annals

Sample Debate Topics Covered

  • Is it better to live in a corrupt democracy or a stable monarchy?
  • Is strength and raw power a justification for military force?
  • Should rebellious populations be brutally or kindly treated?
  • Is the death penalty ever justified?
  • Should freedom of speech be valued above security?
  • What is the nature of an obligation?  
Sofiya.jpg

Sofiya Andreyeva - is a professional debate teacher in New York City.  She graduated from New York University in 2017, where she majored in Global Public Health and History. She debated for the NYU policy debate team for four years and coached policy debaters on both the local and national CEDA/NDT circuit. During the last year, she served as the President of the NYU policy team and led the team to its best ranking since the start of the NYU debate program two decades ago - the NYU policy team is currently ranked in the top 3 in the north east and top 10 in the nation. She has also both judged and served as an ambassador for the International Public Policy Forum tournament for the past four years. 

Week 3: FORMAT OF SOFIYA'S PROGRAM

Sofiya was Westfield's Ambassador to the International Public Policy Forum last year when Westfield became the World Champion.  Sofiya helped coach our winning team through the final rounds.  We are so excited that Sofiya is returning to Westfield this year to run an entire week devoted to the 2018-2019 International Public Policy Forum topic:  RESOLVED: U.S. abdication of international leadership creates dangerous global instability. 

Campers accepted into this program will meet with Sofiya for approximately 4.5 hours a day.  As an incredibly talented policy debater, Sofiya is perfect for teaching campers how to approach and research this topic.  She will also focus on case construction and cross-examination.  Campers will debate this and other relevant topics.  This week is perfect for students who are interested in being considered for the Westfield 2018-2019 IPPF team which will be very selective this year and by application only.  It will also be very beneficial for any debater who wants to learn how to approach, research, construct and prepare a complicated and interesting policy case.

DAVID'S PROGRAM

TUITION FEE

There will be an additional $210 tuition charge for participation in this weekly program. This tuition is to be paid only upon acceptance to the program. **

Application

Interested campers* must submit a statement explaining:

  1. Your interest in the class,  
  2. What topics you are especially eager to explore, and why.
  3. Outline your debate experience including competitions attended and awards won.  

* Note, campers who attended David’s Advanced Competitive Skills Program last summer need only submit a brief statement explaining why they would like to work with David again and update the competitions they attended this year and awards won.

SOFIYA'S PROGRAM

TUITION FEE

There will be an additional $110 tuition charge for participation in this weekly program. This tuition is to be paid only upon acceptance to the program. **

Application

Interested campers* must submit a statement explaining:

  1. Your interest in the class,  
  2. Whether you are planning on applying for the Westfield 2018-2019 IPPF team
  3. Outline your debate experience including competitions attended and awards won.

* Note, campers who attended David’s Advanced Competitive Skills Program last summer need only update the competitions they attended this year and awards won. 

APPLICATION DECISIONS

** Decisions on applications will be made by June 2nd.  Applications received after that date will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The applicant will be notified by email upon acceptance and must pay the tuition fee at that time.