AFA Newsletter Summer 2014

AFA Newsletter: A Publication of the American Forensic Association

Vol. 36, No. 3, Summer 2014


AFA Newsletter Information, p.1

Officers of American Forensics Association, p.2

Call for Papers, Panels, and Abstracts: 19th Biennial NCA/AFA Conference on Argumentation, p. 3-6

Tournament Calendars, p. 7

2014 NCA Convention AFA Business Meeting Schedule, p. 8-9

AFA Ballots – Updated ordering information, p.10

In Memoriam, p.11


The AFA Newsletter is published three times each year and is sent to all current AFA individual members. The first issue (fall) contains information regarding the national meeting. The second issue (winter) contains the minutes of AFA business meetings and National Council meetings from the AFA's annual convention. The third issue (summer) contains information about officers and committees as well as a schedule for convention meetings. Each issue also contains news items of interest to members.

You are invited to submit material to be published in the Newsletter. You may submit news items, announcements, or articles (especially ones that are related to forensic activities). Items for the newsletter should be sent to: James W. Pratt, PO Box 256, River Falls, WI 54022, or via e-mail Closing dates for each issue of the Newsletter are September 15th, for issue #1; January 15th, for issue #2; and June 15th, for issue #3.


National Council

Michael Janas, Samford University, President 

Gordon Stables, University of Southern California, Vice President 

Tim Mahoney, St. Mark’s School, Dallas, TX, Vice President for High School Affairs 

Darren Elliott, Kansas City, Kansas, Community Coll., Two-Year College Representative 

Erika Thomas, California State University, Fullerton, Recording Secretary 

James W. Pratt, University of Wisconsin, River Falls, Executive Secretary 

Scott Harris, University of Kansas, Immediate Past President 

Allan Louden, Wake Forest University, Webmaster 

Harry Weger, University of Central Florida, Editor, Argumentation & Advocacy

Nominating Committee:

Adam Symonds, Arizona State University, Chair

John Koch, Wayne State University

Paul Johnson, University of Pittsburgh

(2 vacant spots)


19th Biennial NCA/AFA Conference on Argumentation

The Cliff Lodge at Snowbird, Alta, UT, July 30-August 2, 2015.

Theme:  Recovering Argument

The key term recover is richly ambiguous. Its primary sense, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is “to regain (something lost).” To recover argument, in this sense, might be “to bring back or restore” argumentation to human affairs, and to encourage reflection on useable traditions. Although doing so requires awareness of a past (another sense is “to remember; to recall or bring back to memory”), and although such awareness might be nostalgic, recovery can be much more complicated: To recover is also to re-cover, “to provide with a new cover,” as when an upholstered chair is refurbished with new fabric. Recovery also may alter more than appearances. Profound, fundamental change may eventuate only from intense struggle against a past: This is the sense of “getting over,” or recovering from, as when we speak of the “recovering alcoholic.” This example, finally, speaks to argument’s therapeutic potential: To recover is also “to recuperate,” or “to restore to health” a person, or entire peoples. Without presuming any particular answers, Recovering Argument thus foregrounds questions of argumentation in time: How is argument remembered? How does argument remember? Is too little remembered, or too much? What has been/is/should be lost/forgotten? What has been/is/should be kept/remembered? What has been/is/should be overcome? and, To what ends?

Keynote Speakers:

V. William Balthrop, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Carole Blair, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

About the Conference:  The conference is the oldest gathering in argumentation studies, attracting scholars from around the world since 1979. It offers an unmatched combination of scholarship, conviviality, and fellowship in a spectacular natural setting. While international in scope, it offers an intimate experience: Attendees stay together and eat meals in common. Opportunities for direct engagement abound, both within formal sessions and without; some brilliant ideas have emerged from the hot tub! There is time for hiking and outdoor recreation in the magnificent Wasatch Mountains, and attendees and their families can take fuller advantage by arranging to arrive early or to stay after the conference concludes.

Submitting to the Conference:  Argumentation studies are a many-splendored thing. The conference welcomes and encourages submissions from all methodological approaches to argumentation, including applied, critical, cross-disciplinary, empirical, interpretive, pedagogical, philosophical, and/or theoretical. It also welcomes studies of all forms (verbal, visual, spatial, and so on) of argument in all domains (legal, political, interpersonal, scientific, and so on). The contents of previous conferences, available at, reveal a rich diversity of subjects and approaches. Submissions that engage the 2015 conference theme are strongly preferred.

Please submit electronic versions of completed papers, panel proposals, and extended abstracts to the Conference Director, Randall A. Lake. To access the submission system, go to the Conference website at and click on the 2015 Conference link.

Deadline for Submissions: Monday, March 2, 2015

Submission Requirements:  All submissions should be in APA (6th edition) form; all text, including notes and references, should be double-spaced, with one-inch margins, using Times New Roman, 12-point font. All files should be submitted in MS Word (.doc or .docx), WordPerfect (.wpd), or Rich Text (.rtf) format. MS Word is preferred. Submissions not conforming to these requirements will not be considered for subsequent publication.

Completed papers:  May not exceed 3,200 words, including all notes and references. Authors would do well to consider what can be accomplished within these limits.

Panel proposals:  Panel proposals should provide a title, names and addresses (including email) of participants, an abstract for each paper, and a brief rationale (500 words or less).  Ample opportunity for audiences to engage presenters directly is an Alta tradition. Therefore, a respondent’s role should be explained and justified. Proposals in which all participants share an institutional affiliation are discouraged.

Paper abstracts:  Extended abstracts (at least 500 words) should be substantial enough to indicate the scope, direction, and merit of the proposed paper. Assessment will be based on the evaluators’ understandings of the projected paper as discussed in the abstract.

Papers authored solely by graduate students are eligible for the Michael Calvin McGee Outstanding Student Paper Award. Only completed papers submitted by the March 2 deadline will be considered. Eligible papers should be clearly marked “Student Paper.”

Multiple submissions from the same author are strongly discouraged.

Please indicate any audio-visual needs that you will have, should your submission be accepted.

Presentation Guidelines: The Alta Conference encourages discussion and audience participation. Thus, each oral presentation (paper or response) should not exceed 15 minutes and the total presentation time for a panel (papers and respondents) should not exceed one hour.

Selected Publication: Papers delivered at the conference will be reviewed for possible inclusion in a volume to be published by Taylor & Francis. Authors who wish to have their papers considered for publication must meet two additional requirements: (1) They must obtain written permissions for any copyrighted materials that appear in their work, and must sign a copyright agreement provided by the publisher. (2) They must verify the accuracy of all direct quotations that appear in their work, by providing copies of the original sources. Further information and instructions, and additional formatting requirements, will be provided when submissions are accepted for conference presentation. The conference’s new agreement with T&F necessitates a somewhat earlier deadline for consideration than has been the case for previous conferences: Only completed papers (including those proposed for panels and in abstracts) that meet all requirements and are submitted to the Conference Director no later than Wednesday, July 1, 2015, will be considered for inclusion.

Graduate Student Scholarships:  Limited scholarships are available for graduate students whose institutions are unable to provide financial support.  Please indicate if you are a graduate student who wishes to apply for a scholarship, and have your advisor send the Conference Director a brief letter of support.

Attending the Conference:  The conference will be held at the Cliff Lodge at the Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort in Alta, Utah ( Housing and meal details will be posted on the conference website. Preliminary questions may be directed to the Local Host, Danielle Endres:

Conference Director:  Randall A. Lake, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0281. Email:

Planning Committee/Editorial Board:

                R. Jarrod Atchison, Wake Forest University

                Jennifer Bevan, Chapman University

                Brett Bricker, University of Kansas

                Greg Dickinson, Colorado State University

                Bart Garssen, University of Amsterdam

                Leo Groarke, Trent University

                Casey Ryan Kelly, Butler University

                Susan Kline, Ohio State University

                Kathryn M. Olson, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

                Catherine H. Palczewski, University of Northern Iowa

                Gordon Stables, University of Southern California

                Christopher Tindale, University of Windsor

                Don Waisanen, Baruch College, City University of New York

                Carol Winkler, Georgia State University

Conference Website:



Multiple tournament calendars exist that provide the dates of intercollegiate speech and debate tournaments.  The following list provides links to some of the more complete and popular tournament calendars:

American Forensic Association Calendar:

 Council of Forensic Organizations Calendar: Calendar:

 Pacific Southwest Collegiate Forensics Association Calendar: Calendar:

 University of Miami’s College Debate Tournament Calendar:


The following acronyms often indicate the organization(s) affiliated with the event:

ADA is American Debate Association.

AFA is American Forensic Association.

CEDA is Cross Examination Debate Association.

IPDA/Public is International Public Debate Association/Public Debate.

L-D is Lincoln-Douglas debate.

NDT is National Debate Tournament.

NEDA is National Educational Debate Association.

NFA is National Forensic Association.

NPDA is National Parliamentary Debate Association


Chicago, Illinois, November 19-23, 2014


American Forensic Association - Educational Development and Practices Committee

Wed, 11/19: 10:00 AM  - 12:00 PM 

Palmer House Hilton 

Room: Kimball – 3rd Floor 

American Forensic Association - Finance Committee Meeting

Wed, 11/19: 10:00 AM  - 12:00 PM 

Palmer House Hilton 

Room: Logan – 3rd Floor                          

AFA - National Debate Tournament Board of Trustees

Wed, 11/19: 10:00 AM  - 12:00 PM 

Palmer House Hilton 

Room: Indiana – 3rd Floor 

American Forensic Association - Professional Development and Practices Committee Meeting

Wed, 11/19: 10:00 AM  - 12:00 PM 

Palmer House Hilton 

Room: Marshfield – 3rd Floor

American Forensic Association - Publications and Research Committee Meetings

Wed, 11/19: 10:00 AM  - 12:00 PM 

Palmer House Hilton 

Room: Madison – 3rd Floor

American Forensic Association - National Council Meeting

Wed, 11/19: 12:00 PM  - 3:45 PM 

Palmer House Hilton 

Room: Madison – 3rd Floor

AFA - National Debate Tournament Committee Meeting

Wed, 11/19: 12:00 PM  - 3:45 PM 

Palmer House Hilton 

Room: Logan – 3rd Floor                              

AFA - National Individual Events Tournament Committee Meeting

Wed, 11/19: 12:00 PM  - 3:45 PM 

Palmer House Hilton 

Room: Kimball – 3rd Floor

 AFA - National Nominations Committee Meeting

Wed, 11/19: 12:00 PM  - 3:45 PM 

Palmer House Hilton 

Room: Marshfield – 3rd Floor

 American Forensic Association - Business Meeting

Wed, 11/19: 4:00 PM  - 7:00 PM 

Palmer House Hilton

Room: Crystal – 3rd Floor

 American Forensics Association - Forensics Organizations Reception

Wed, 11/19: 7:00 PM  - 10:00 PM 

Palmer House Hilton

Room: Wabash – 3rd Floor

AFA - National Parliamentary Debate Association Business Meeting

Thu, 11/20: 8:00 AM  - 9:15 AM 

Palmer House Hilton

Room: Salon 6 – 3rd Floor

 You can find additional panel discussions and paper sessions sponsored by the American Forensic Association by searching the conference proceedings.  Visit NCA Submission Central for the online convention program at


All ballot forms consist of three pages: original on white, and two carbonless copies on pink and yellow. Form W also has an additional white half-sheet.


All ballot forms are supplied in lots of 100 @ $20/100


A: CEDA with boxes (8-1/2 x 14")

E: Without boxes  (8-1/2 x 11")

H: Lincoln-Douglas without boxes (8-1/2 x 14")

P: Parliamentary (8-1/2 x 14")

W: With short form, with boxes (8-1/2 x 14")


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IN MEMORIAM: Richard Sodikow, AFA Life Member

Former Director of Forensics and faculty member at the Bronx High School of Science


May 4, 2014