New faces for a new semester… or, Tilbury House invites you to our Newcomer’s Day

The new semester, or for some their first university experience, started, and with a fresh start we would like to welcome every debating-curious person to join us!

Debating can offer you many opportunities: Improving your argumentative skills, practicing your style of speech, becoming confident in speaking English, or collecting international experience. In any case, debating can be versatile.

If you are curious what debating actually is, or if you have some questions for us, or you actually would like to actually try out debating, we warmly welcome you to our offcial Newcomer’s Day!
The Newcomer’s Day is for all who are curious about debating. This evening we will give you a handy guide to debating in general, gladly answer to questions you might have but also tell you a bit more about ourselves, and what our Debating Society can offer you.

Interested? Then we invite you to our Newcomer’s Day 22nd Ocotber 2019, at 19.30 o’clock in Hörsaal XVIIb in the Hauptgebäude of the University of Cologne.

In case you already woud like to get some information, feel free to contact us either on this website or on Facebook.

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Tilbury House at EUDC 2019

Two teams of our society were brave in two ways this summer: First, attending the European Debating Championship 2019 in Athens, and travelling during the hottest period of this year.
The teams of Helena Hecke and Ruben Dillmann, and Ida Holschabch, and Michael Breiman, attended Athens EUDC 2019, from 4th August to 9th August 2019.

As usual attendence at EUDCs every year brims with exciting challenges: many teams,and great speakers competing with each other, great CAs presenting difficult yet intriguing motions – for an entire week.
Our debaters enjoyed a dense weeks of demanding debates but also experienced a summerweek in one of Europe’s historically famous cities.
They enjoyed the competetions, and very proud of their acribic performance.

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Tilbury House Cologne Open 2019

What an unusual date for our annual tournament. Usually our tournaments take place during colder months but this year, we choose 7th to 9th June for a warm welcome for our debaters.

The format was still „Business as usual“: 5 rounds in British Parliament style, two finals: Grand Final and a Pro-Am final. For this year we were glad to welcome many German teams, but also many Dutch, and mixed teams from across Europe.
Another constant element about our tournaments is our sheer luck of amazing CAs accepting our invitations to our tournaments. All of them could present an impressive history of expertise in judging, speaking, but also as CAs.

Katharina Jansen
Back in 2018, Katharina was actually finalist in Tilbury House Open 2018. In 2019, she returned as our CA. Tilbury was by far not her only time being a finalist. Around ten times breaking are on her breaking-list, amongst those Rossevelt Open, thrice atErasmus Rotterdam. To her breaks she cna count herself winning in Erasmus Rotterdam 2019, twice as ESL-finalist at LSE Open 2019, and at Trinitiy IV 2017.
Additionally Katharina is an experienced adjudicator, participating, and breaking at many tournaments, amongst various UCU Open, Tilburg’s Women, and Munich Open.

Aishling Kinsella
Aishling qualified twice at WUDC: Once as octofinalist in 2018, then as semifinalist in 2019. At EUDC 2018 she qualified as 10th speaker. Additionally to her in total 20 speaking breaks, Aishling got noticeably broke at the Oxford IV 2018 semifinals, and won Oxford Women’s Open.
Not only is Aishling breaking, she brought an elaborate experience as CA from 5 former tournaments, amongst which were Trinity Open, and Colgate Open.

Abigail Leblanc
Just by being a CA, Abigail can be credited as such for numerous US tournaments. Her records as adjudicator also start in the US, her breaking at the North American University Championship 2018, and continue as Chair Judge in Leiden Open 2018.
As a speaker she was equally active, breaking at US, and Canadian tournaments, including the Canadian National Championships. Then in Europe she broke at the final of Maastricht Open, in Maynooth Open 2019 and at the semi-final of Paris Open 2019.

With our great team of CAs assembled, the following five motions were presented:

1. This House supports the extra –legal and illegal methods to provide wider access to knowledge (eg. Sci-hub, unauthorized distribution of files and copies.)
2. In places where conscription of men already exist This House Believes That the feminist movement should advocate for the conscription of women.
3. This House Would ban the private ownership of 3D-printers
4. This House Supports such organisation (specified in infoslide)
5. This House Would elect 51% of parliament by lottery.

In five rounds eight finalists qualified for our two finals.

For the Pro-Am final qualifying teams were Humbug Heidelberg (Kostantin Krüger, Wiona Glänzer), the road to Athens begins (Dino Wildli, Illinca Berinde), Tirvium (slides into your) DM (Daan Spackler, Mara Burgstede), and Redereicebreaker (René Geci, Erik Frehse).
The following Pro-AM final motion was presentend: “This House Regrets the modern high priorisation of sexual compability in romantic relationships.”
The winners to be congratulated in this Pro-Am-final were the road to Athens begins.

Our second, and Grand Final was debated by the teams Colognialism (Samuel Scheuer, Marius Hobbhahn), BDU Breaking Down (Lena Kolle, Elena Müller), The DDG was wrong (Anton Leicht, Luise Häder), and Be my whip (Lisa Knodt, Lion Seiffert).
With the motion: “This House Opposes the humanizes pro-regime Germans during the Second World War.” the debaters had a considered, nuanced debates.
As a result of carefully chosen yet thoughtful arguments, the team Colognialism won Tilbury House Cologne Open 2019. Congratulations!

Another round of congratulations has to be given to our top ten speakers during the tournament which were:

1. Marius Hobbhahn
2. Elena Müller
3. Lena Kolle
4. Anton Leicht
5. Lisa Knodt
6. Nikola Michaylov
7. Delany Hurley, shared spor with Dino Wildli
9. Joris Graff
10. Friso Sheepstra

The last very last round of congratulations goes to our hard working volunteers having helped us with every single task given to them, and helping without a break to make turn the tournament is the successful event it was. Without them, it wouldn’t have been possible.
But we shall also not forget everyone else also contributing to the success of the tournament. As final words, a grand “Thank you” to the participants, the CAs, and the University of Cologne offering us rooms for our debates.

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Tilbury House at Delft Open 2019

For the third year since Delft Open began to take place, Tilbury House attented again with a big delegation – especially with many novice teams.
The debates this year were creative as they were challenging. Therefore we are proud to announce that four Tilbures broke into finals.
Three Novice-Tilburies made it to the Novice final: Philipp Kowalskki in a mixed team, and Gregor Gsell and Ling Jun. The fourth Tilbury was Helena Hecke, in a mixed team, breaking into the semifinals.
Congratulations!

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Become Persuasive in one Day – Saving the world

Tilbury House is back with the series „Become Persuasive in One Day“.
As always we want to bring argumentation and speech making to people of the University of Cologne.
It doesn’t matter how much experience you have with argumentation and delivering speeches. Our workshops are suitable for all levels.
You can obviously also attend if you have not been at our previous workshops and we also welcome interested people outside from the University

This edition is going to be on the topic „Saving the World – Arguing climate change effictively„.

Our guest for this edition is going to be Ron Leizrowice, a PhD student at the University of Britstol and winner of multiple debating competitions throughout Europe.

Visit us on 18th May 2019, from 10 am to 2pm, in Hörsaal XVIIb in the Hauptgebäude of the University of Cologne.

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Tilbury Workshop: Literally everything matters

…or, to say, every word matters.
By now out workshop tackled a lot of common problems and struggles even experienced debaters have to face, and this workshop’s topic is not different.
„Stick to the motion“ will tackle a problem hindering even experienced speakers to make a good speech – By the single mistake of not sticking to the motion. A great speech can fail if it’s not directed towards the topic.
Every motion is worded carefully. In consequence every word matters. Overseeing a small world can lead to debating the wrong topic.

At 7.30 pm. on the evening of 9th May 2019, in Hörsaal XVIIb in the Hauptgebäude of the University of Colgone, our workshop coach Helena Hecke will dissolve this problematic in careful but advancing steps.

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Tilbury at Maastricht Open 2019

With the beginning of spring, Tilbury House can enter the new season with good news.
Tilbury House attends Maastricht Open every year, always enjoying ourelves at the engaging debates.
This year, from the 4th to 5th May 2019, we can be very proud of our newcomers. Two Novice teams broke into the Novice Final: Breaking 1st were Juliette Roussel and Camille Sanchez, and breaking 3rd were Philipp Kowalski and Joelle Hellfrisch.

Our advanced memebers were sucessful as well. In a mixed tam with Nastia Grishkova, Helena Hecke broke at the semi final.

We congratulate everyone breaking at Maastricht Open!

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