June 14th: LoM Debate Seminar


June 14th: LoM Debate Seminar


101 Astor Place, Room 206, NYC


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Here’s how it works:

Twelve participants will be divided into two groups of six. Both groups receive a motion (e.g. Money can buy happiness), and are given an adequate period of time to develop arguments for and against the topic. A veteran instructor of debate will always be present to guide, assist, and critique throughout the entire process. Each person will have an opportunity to practice and deliver a 3-minute argument, with constructive critique.

Why should you learn the art of debate? Debate offers three invaluable skills for success: Critical analysis, Communication, and Confidence. Someone who can think deeply and independently about a problem and come up with a solution, then communicate that solution persuasively to others, while being perceived as confident and sure-footed, is a formidable opponent in any situation.


About the instructor...

Dr. Stephen M. Llano is the Associate Professor and Director of Debate at St. John's University in Queens. He holds a B.A. in history from Texas A&M University, an M.A. in Speech Communication from Syracuse University, and a Ph.D. in rhetoric and communication from the University of Pittsburgh. His research focuses on developing rhetorical theory, the ethics of rhetorical pedagogy, debate’s relationship to rhetoric, Buddhist rhetoric, and the rhetoric of the Beat Generation writers.

Dr. Llano is a frequently requested media commentator on civic debate issues, including the United States Presidential debates, as well as issues facing competitive debate globally. His pieces can be read on his academic blog (www.progymnasmata.net) and seen in the top debate publications in the world such as the Monash Debate Review and Achte Minute. He has been invited to teach and lecture on rhetoric and debate in several countries including Hungary, Ukraine, and Japan. He also assisted in the founding of other debating societies such as the debate society at Adelphi University and The King’s College Debate Society, both in the New York City area.

Dr. Llano has served in national debate tournament administration on many levels, frequently assisting in the administration of large competitions, helping to determine appropriate debating topics and running the tabulation of the tournament. He is one of the most frequently requested Tabulation room directors in the United States.