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Nearly 7,000 students have sharpened their forensic skills at our Debate Workshops.  This comprehensive one-day program informs debaters on the current debate resolution through expert speakers, hard-to-find resource materials, and in-depth discussions.  Schools may send as many participants as they wish.  Space is limited, however, and reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

Proven Success:
Mackinac Center Debate Workshops equip students and coaches with the facts and intellectual firepower they need for a season of tough competition.  Past teams have applied new skills and ideas they learned at the Debate Workshops to capture championships in the Detroit Public School Debate League and the American Association of Christian Schools debate competitions.

Cost is $5 per participant, lunch included.  All debaters will receive valuable articles, reports, and studies.  Each team will also receive a helpful study guide offering economic-based affirmative and negative positions on the topic.

Greeting and registration for all seminars begin at 8:30 AM.  Sessions begin promptly at 9:00 AM and close by 1:45 PM. 

The Mackinac Center is an independent, nonprofit, research and educational institute.  Through seminars, commentaries, public lectures, and comprehensive studies, the Center works to advance a scholarly, free-market perspective on policy issues to improve the quality of life for all Michigan citizens.



Tuesday, September 18, 2001
Burton Manor,
27777 Schoolcraft Road

Wednesday, September 19, 2001
Commonwealth Commerce Cente
r, 209 E.Washington

Wednesday, September 26, 2001
Eberhard Center
, Grand Valley State University

Thursday, September 27, 2001
Valley Plaza Inn,
5221 Bay City Road


View the 'Debate 2001 Workshops' Poster

Click Here for the Registration Form



Gregory Rehmke directs the Foundation for Economic Education's high School Speech and Debate Program.  For over 10 years, Greg has published resource books, study guides and newsletters for high school debate students and lectured at debate seminars and workshops around the country.

Gary Leff* is Director of Development for George Mason University's Institute for Humane Studies and Mercatus Center.  He is a former California state championship debate coach and a national award winner in collegiate parliamentary debate.  He has written numerous publications on academic debate, extemporaneous speaking, and major issues of economics and public policy.

David Beers* is a consultant for the Foundation for Economic Education, where he write extensively on the NFL policy and Lincoln-Douglas debate topics.  As a high school debate coach, his students repeatedly advanced to high ranks in state and national competition.  David is now a technical writer in Houston, Texas.

Doug Bandow* is a senior fellow with the Cato Institute in Washington,D.C.  He is widely regarded as one of America’s most incisive observers of current events.  In addition to being a policy author, Bandow lectures frequently at academic conferences, on college campuses, and to business groups. He speaks and writes on such diverse topics as foreign aid, religion, environmental protection, foreign policy, education, and the drug war. 

Ivan Eland* is director of defense policy studies at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C.  He has authored studies on terrorism, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and homeland defense, the military threats facing the United States, and the cost of NATO expansion.  Eland has analyzed such topics as the affordability of the U.S. Navy, overseas presence of aircraft carriers, and trends in alliance burden sharing.

Catherine Martin
Mackinac Center for Public Policy
Former Programs Director

Amy Kellogg
Mackinac Center for Public Policy
Workshop Assistant


*Not appearing at all locations

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