Check out the pairings by visiting our Tournament Page.
Download all of the files from GDI 2012 now by visiting the Evidence Set Page. More files will be added after Wave 3 deadline. Enjoy!
Watch these videos to learn more about the Biopolitics K and using theories from Foucault in debate.
Get the lecture notes from our “Lecture Notes Page.”
To view the camp schedule visit mygdi.net’s schedule page.
Adam Symonds is one of the smartest and most dedicated coaches in debate. Adam has worked at the GDI from the the very beginning and has witnessed what makes GDI a great camp. This conversation covers what it takes to have a great camp experience, Adam’s thoughts on the topic, Adam’s style as a lab leader, and what keeps bringing Adam back to the GDI every summer.
Listen to this interview by using the audio player below, or by clicking this link: symonds 2012
Gonzaga University’s Director of Debate Glen Frappier’s record speaks for itself. Mr. Frappier has consistently shown an ability to harness and marshal the nation’s top debate talent into success. Glen has been the director of the Gonzaga Debate Institute for 13 years and has shown throughout this endeavor that he is committed to provide elite-level learning at an affordable price. Glen is our fearless leader. This conversation touches on some of the exciting changes being implemented at this year’s GDI, his thoughts on the infrastructure topic, and Glen’s tips for having your best camp experience.
Listen to this podcast by using the audio player below or download by clicking this link: Frappier 2012
Leah Moczulski is one of the best debaters of her generation. During this past season Leah earned another first round at large bid to the NDT, including being ranked 4th overall. To see a full break down of Leah’s achievements over the past year follow this link. This conversation focuses on why Leah is excited for the 2012 GDI and what great things she has in store for the Sophomores Lab. Thanks Leah!
To listen to this interview use the audio player below or download by clicking this link: leah 2012
Danielle Jennings debated in Utah during high school and debated 4 years at Idaho State University where she was nationally competitive where she was known for her unique personality and creativity. She currently coaches at Ingaham High School in Seattle, Washington. Danielle is intelligent, welcoming, and capable. In her competition days Danielle was known to cheer: “Debate arguments for life!” The entire GDI staff is excited to have Danielle with us this summer and all of the students at the 2012 GDI will have a wonderful opportunity to get to know a great person. Get along well with Danielle to ensure a top-notch camp experience!
While at camp, ask Danielle anything concerning your camp experience outside of lab by asking her politely or by using our Ask Danielle Page.
Follow this link to submit an application.
5 Week Zag Scholars. June 23 – July 28
The Scholars Program are our top labs at the GDI and as such are the most difficult to get into. This is a 5 week lab experience for advanced debaters. The typical scholar is entering their junior or senior season, competing on both the national and regional circuits with success, and possesses a strong desire to dive head first into the new topic and its research possibilities. This years program will feature three labs of Scholars. These labs will be lead by Adrienne Brovero/Sarah Lundeen, Geoff Lundeen/Steve Pointer, and Jason Russell/Joe LeDuc. In order to be considered for admission students should submit a letter of recommendation along with their application for admission.
5 Week Sophomores. June 23 – July 28
The 5 week Sophomores lab at the 2011 GDI will once again offer an intensive 5 week program designed for rising sophomores preparing to make a jump to the next level. This is basically a Scholars Lab for some of the best, brightest and most dedicated sophomores. This lab will be taught by Eric Lanning (Michigan State), Leah Moczulski (Gonzaga) and Jim Schultz (Idaho State). Leah and Eric debated together at the Woodlands HS and reached the Semi Finals of the TOC in 2007. Both have gone on to successful careers in college with Leah earning a first round bid to the NDT in 2011 and Eric winning the 2010 National Debate Tournament.
4 Week Varsity Program. June 30 – July 28 (Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors)
The 4 Week Programs traditionally attract juniors, and seniors, as well as a few sophomores, who are looking for a challenging lab environment that combines a heavy focus and emphasis on research along with plenty of opportunities for practice and skill work. The Four Week Lab is taught by four of our long time faculty and very successful college coaches: JP Lacy, Adam Symonds, Izak Dunn and Malcolm Gordon. Combined this group has won 3 national titles, earned multiple first round bids, and coach untold numbers of teams to elimination rounds at major college tournaments. Upon arrival you, will have the opportunity to begin debating immediately with files produced by faculty and Scholars. You will primarily spend the first 1-2 weeks focusing extensively on original research and argument development. Practice debates, speech redos, and lectures will intensify during the last 2 weeks of your program culminating in the GDI tournament, a 6 round tournament clearing to a double octa finals.
2 Week Programs. July 14 – 28 (Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors)
The 2 week programs were the first programs offered at the GDI and they continue to be among our most popular. All these programs are truly “immersion” programs in the sense that they pack the best of all our programs into a 2 week experience. These programs will all feature a research component, daily lectures, skills work, and practice debates/speeches. Students will begin their first week receiving lectures from our “core curriculum”, working on research and argument development, as well as participating in skill work, practice debate, and individualized and small group instruction in lab. The last week of institute will focus almost exclusively on practice debating and lab work culminating in the GDI Tournament, a 6 rounds tournament clearing to double octafinals. The instructors for our 2 week program include some of our most experienced faculty such as Kevin Hamrick, Mike Hester, Scott Odekirk, and Judd Kimball. If you want to get the most out of 2 weeks of debate camp this is the program for you. You will not find a better 2 week institute experience anywhere in the nation.
Novice Program. July 14 – 28
The Novice Program is designed for students with little to no policy debate experience. This program is taught by James Roland (Emory University) and Tiara Naputi (University of Texas). You can visit our faculty website to view the faculty profiles for these outstanding educators. Students will focus on skills building and learning the fundamentals of speaking and advocacy. The primary focus for this lab is skills development through intensive practice regiment and skills development course. Throughout the institute students will receive lectures on a wide variety of topics designed for this skill level. Please visit the Novice Program site for a more detailed description of everything this program can offer.