Let’s start the new year with a bang!
On the 1st to 2nd February 2020 E.S.D.A. Chronos hosted their first tournament in Eindhoven. Our team, Helena Hecke and Lin Jung, attended this special first tournament – enjoying it for two reasons. Not only was the tournament of great quality but because both speakers returned with success from the tournament, too.
High praise for both speakers shall be given: Helena debated herself in the 5th best speaker position of the tournament, Lin Jung achieved the place of 2nd best novice speaker. Their abilities also reflected in them breaking 3rd in the Open Break.
Highly impressed and proud we want to congratulate the team for this great debating entry for 2020!
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please note that there won’t be any session tonight. Most of us are busy due the exam period.
Don’t worry, we will be active again next week.
Dear debaters, and all of those interested in debating,
every year Tilbury House organizes an internal tournament for our members. Each year, the final round is open to visitors.
The evening will be more formal, inviting you to enjoy snacks and drinks, and foremost two exciting debates.
The highlight of the evening will be the grand final debate betweent the four teams having qualified for the final round. Our speakers will engage in a challengig motion, judged by four external judges and one experienced Tilbury Alumni.
In addition we also want to relieve the mood by inviting our debaters to engage in an amusing fun debate.
Everyone who’s interested in an engaging evening or curious about debating or both, is invited to join (in formal fashion) at 7.30 pm, Firday 17th January 2020, in alter Senatssaal in the Hauptgebäude of the University of Cologne.
Dear debaters and all of you who’d be interested to debate,
Tilbury House will be back 7th January 2020, as usual at 19.30 o’clock, at Hörsaal XVIIb in the Hauptgebäude of the university of Cologne.
We hope you could enjoy festive holidays, and we’re happy to welcome you back in the new year.
On Saturday14th December we invited debaters from outside of Tilbury House to join our Winter Workshop. Experimenting with out Thursday workshop format we wanted to organize workshops during which the participants can ask specific questions about the presented topic.
WE were delighted to welcome participants from the Netherlands, and Germany.
The first topic “Debating Democracy” was presented by Ruben Dillmann.
At first the topic seems a bit provocative yet is quiet common in debates. Common debate motions lead to theoretical debates pointing systematic flaw causing a need that needs to be met with a satisfying policy, or if the policy in question is granted to work with intended efficiency. Or should be made mandatory in democracy to really include every individual’s political will? Plenty of debating motions treat the issue of the possibilities and limits in democratic societies.
In his presentation he began with presenting the theory behind the concept of the democracy, then followed by concrete examples of movements acting in offense or in favour of democracy.
The Workshop for the afternoon was about different types motions, conceptualized by our experienced workshop organizer Helena Hecke, and presented by Lin Jung.
This workshop was directed towards strategic as well as technical problems surrounding debates.
Debating motions are introduced with “This House would”, “This House supports”, or “This House as X would decide to…”.
By not regarding the motion properly debaters are at high risk losing their speech by not debating the actual topic. So this workshop aimed at dissecting the actual nature of the different types of motions, and proposing effective strategies for each type of motion. To not only discuss the theory the workshop included exercises for Regret-Motions (This House Regrets) and Actor-Motions (This House as X would do Y) as these are motions most likely to lure the speaker to debate anything but the actual motion. The answers given were well condensed to the essence of the essence, laced with humorous ideas of the participants.
After a day of learning, and being answered their questions all the newly acquired knowledge has to be put into practice.
The motion was: “This House Opposes left wing media to comically mock the far right (eg. The daily show, Last Week tonight)
The workshop day had been a pleasant experience to organize. At the end we want to thank those having prepared and having presented the workshops, those organizing the location, but especially the participants having come all their way to attend to our workshop, and bringing in a lot of enthusiasm and their active participation!
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One last time before Christmas season demands all our attention and energy, still two teams had a driving enthusiasm to participate in Amsterdam Open 2019. On 7th to 8th December, two teams debated in this big tournament.
In a mixed team of Helena, and Angela Carreda from Maastricht Rhetorica even broke into the Quarter Final of Maastricht. Congratulations for having made it so far!
„This is what happened, adn that’s why we win.“
A summary of what the summary speaker essentially has to say. Whip speeches are the figurative cherry on top of every debate, a good chance to wake up the judge, praising the speeches given by the first speakers in closing teams. In short: Summarizing the main arguments during the debate, and claiming your partner’s speech was the best speech given during the debate. Should be easy, shouldn’t it?
But with every seemingly easy tasks, whip speeches demand a bit of strategy, and jumping over unexpected hurdles.
This Thursday evening, 28th November 2019, at 7.30 pm, in Hörsaal XVIIb of the Hauptgebäude of the University of Cologne, your workshop coach Helena Hecke will lead you through all the hurdles, and mistakes you can do holding but also how to master whip speeches.
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