ERIC Number: ED218687
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Advocacy in the Public Forum: The Pro/Con Program at Ohio State.
Stegman, John D.
The Pro/Con Campus Debate and Community Forum program at The Ohio State University serves the educational mission of the department of communication and contributes to the intellectual life of the student body and the larger community by emphasizing the needs of the audience. Eschewing jargon and rhetorical tricks, the program encourages the students to provide their several audiences with both sides of a controversial issue in understandable and argumentative communication. Four 7-minute speeches, two pro and two con, are followed by a 3-minute cross examination by the other side. A 20-minute questioning period encourages free audience participation. Topics for the student debates and the community forums with outside speakers are chosen with the object of education for the student audience. To help create acceptance and long term recognition, a symbol and logo were created for use on all program materials. Costs of the program are minimal, usually under $100.00 per event. Although there are no winners in the traditional sense, the audience, which is surveyed before and after each debate, is the real beneficiary. (Appendixes include examples of graphics, sample formats, and an audience questionnaire.) (JL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A