We've just completed the week or so long workshop in World's debate here in Belgrade, and I must say that I was very impressed with the whole event.
I wasn't sure what to expect, but if I did have any expectations, they would have been crushed by the amazing quality of the debates, the students, the food, the entertainment, and the things that I've learned.
I highly recommend for anyone interested in a very good summer opportunity to improve your debate skills to plan to attend it next year.
The tournament was fantastic. Twelve teams participated, and the levels were mixed. Some were very raw beginners, and some were well-seasoned teams. The tournament was highly competitive, and the rounds I watched were quite good.
I didn't get to watch all of the debates because my stomach was having its own debate over something that I ate, but I'm much better now.
I should post a video of the finals to google video sometime soon, and after I complete the list of motions, I'll post that as well. For now, a bit of time to catch up on some correspondence and reading the news - no matter where you are the day after a tournament is one that is best spent in decompression!
I return to the U.S. on Saturday, and back to Vermont on Sunday for the World's Workshop at the World Debate Institute. I'm looking forward to seeing what the students are like.