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Pioneer Debate Institute

The forensics program at Lewis & Clark College would like to invite students and coaches to attend the 2018 Pioneer Debate Institute to be held July 7-21 on the beautiful campus of Lewis & Clark College.

We will offer programs in policy debate, Lincoln-Douglas debate, public forum debate and parliamentary debate. The standard program will be two weeks for each format, but 1 week options (July 7-14) will be available upon request.

This year, we are also pleased to offer speech events as part of the PDI! Our staff of experienced individual events coaches and students will tailor a 1 week program designed to provide practice and preparation for one individual event. Students may attend both weeks and receive practice and preparation for a second individual event as well. Students who participate in both speech and debate events who would like to receive training in both should sign up for debate in the first week and speech in the second week.

We aim to have one of the most qualified staffs in the nation. Every teaching staff member will have significant high school and collegiate forensics experience across a variety of formats and will represent some of the region’s finest. We will maintain a 5 to 1 student to faculty ratio. Joe Gantt, director of the Lewis & Clark forensics program, will direct the institute. Please e-mail him with any questions that you might have at

Please click on the following links for more information about the Pioneer Debate Institute. We look forward to hosting many of the regions’ best and brightest on our campus this summer.

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