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ERIC Number: ED312693
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov-19
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Present at the Creation: The 1950s.
Freeley, Austin J.
The idea for the organization that later became the American Forensic Association (AFA) was conceived at a meeting of debate coaches at a tournament at the State University of Iowa in the fall of 1948. This group felt that something should be done to meet the growing needs and interests of high school and college debate coaches. The group organized five regional associations, fought to save extracurricular speech activities in the high schools, and developed the AFA Tournament Calendar and the AFA Register to establish a means of communication for the members. One of the big issues of the 1950s was the propriety of debating both sides of the proposition. The second great debate of the 1950s focused on the 1954-1955 national intercollegiate debate proposition. The Great Debate about Debate began in the fall of 1954 concerning the issue of a Nebraska Teachers college's refusal to allow its students to debate the recognition of Red China. By 1953 the AFA was an established, growing and vibrant organization. The challenges before the forensic organization as it moves into the Twenty-First Century include: fragmentation of the organization, winning back the constituency, professionalism in directing and maintaining a forensic program, resolving the tension between professionalism and administration, and resolving the tension between forensics and scholarship. (Four appendixes containing a list of the founding members of AFA, a statement of organizational principles, and summaries of news stories reporting the great debate about debate are attached.) (MG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A