I RESOLVE Public Debate Series

"I Resolve" Public Debate Series

Be a Part of the Resolution

<<Check out the I RESOLVE 2020 Video>>

The debate community is a unique combination of relationships and competition, teamwork and mentorship that connects participants in a lifelong network built around researching public policy issues and solutions. However, the riveting, fast-paced tournaments at the core of debaters’ training are not often witnessed by the community-at-large. I RESOLVE showcases the power of high school debate for a public audience while exploring some of the most pressing issues in our society through the perspective, voice and values of the next generation of leaders – high school debaters.

In its pilot run this fall, NAUDL presented the I RESOLVE Public Debate Series with five (5) league-hosted events, each one introducing a facet of the timely 2020-21 National Policy Debate Topic: criminal justice reform. Each event was a 90-minute virtual program centered around student arguments, expert feedback, discussion and Q&A via a panel of distinguished civic and community leaders from the respective host league. They were joined by a virtual audience of teammates, school district and league leaders, NAUDL and league donors, partners, and debate champions at each event.

All events in the series were complimentary thanks to the support of our generous sponsors. Congratulations to the participating students (and their coaches) and our thanks to the amazing panelists for their valued feedback!

Presenting Sponsor

Series Sponsor

I RESOLVE Special Exhibition 
National Debate Expo
Friday, April 16 6pm CDT

A special presentation of I RESOLVE and arguments for the 2020-21 National Policy Debate Topic, Criminal Justice Reform, with students from the Silicon Valley Urban Debate League.

Leonard A. Gail, Co-Founder and Partner, Massey & Gail LLP

Walter Katz, Vice President of Criminal Justice, Arnold Ventures

Robin Jacobsohn, Head of Litigation, McKesson Corporation

Alison Siegler, Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School & Founder and director of the Federal Criminal Justice Clinic (FCJC)

Save the Date: I RESOLVE – Tulsa


Thursday, April 22, 2021
Livestream Virtual Event
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In collaboration with NAUDL, the Tulsa Debate League will host a special I RESOLVE event this spring to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre  — raising awareness of both the value, and the policy implications, of related reparations. This aspect of our history, though incredibly horrifying, is too important to be forgotten or unrecognized by both the current and upcoming generations. Further, the Greenwood district and its residents deserve to be remembered for their rich culture, economy, and community. Together, NAUDL and the Tulsa league will host a unique presentation of historical background, and student argument and analysis, along with expert commentary and feedback.

The event is supported by the Oklahoma Humanities, the Hille Foundation, and the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission — as an official part of the Centennial commemoration activities. The slated moderator is Hannibal B. Johnson, a leading Tulsa historian and author.

See featured article in the Black Wall Street Times.

Confirmed panel guest(s):

Michele A. Roberts 
Executive Director, National Basketball Players Association

John W. Rogers, Jr.
Chairman, Co-CEO and Chief Investment Officer, Ariel Investments

Click HERE for flyer. Questions? Contact Sara Sanchez, NAUDL Director of Programs and Communications at sarasanchez@urbandebate.org.

Additional Grant and Sponsorship Support
for I RESOLVE – Tulsa:





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