Frederick Douglass Conference & Debate Tournament, @ESU, 2017 “Words Matter”


Frederick Douglass Institute Collaborative
Research Conference & Debate Tournament
2017, East Stroudsburg University, April 7th & 8th, 2017


Schedule of Events

Debate Tournament Friday, April 7th

8:00 a.m. Check In Begins, ESU University Center, Second Floor

9:00 a.m. Round One

10:00 a.m. Round Two

11:00 a.m. Round Three

12:00 p.m. Lunch, Dansbury Commons Cafeteria

2:00 p.m. Round Four

3:00 p.m. Semi-Finals, University Center, Senate Chambers

4:00 p.m. Finals & Awards, University Center, Senate Chambers

5:30 p.m. Dinner, Dansbury Commons Cafeteria


Conference, Saturday, April 8th


Complete Conference Schedule, with presenters, times and rooms ConferenceProgram

8:00 a.m. Check-In Begins and Continental Breakfast, Hoeffner Sci. & Technology Center, Lobby

9:00 a.m. Session One

10:00 a.m. Session Two

11:00 a.m. Session Three

12:00 a.m.  Lunch, Dansbury Commons Cafeteria

1:30  p.m.  Keynote and Dance Exhibition, Beers Lecture Hall

“Words Matter,” Keynote, Dr. Veronica Watson author of The Souls of White Folk  

Slippery Rock Afro-Colombian Dance Ensemble, Melissa Teodoro, director

3:00 p.m. Session Four







Photo: Douglass Debate Society 2016


Photo: Millersville, Two Time Champion Squad, 2015, 2016



Photo: Bloomsburg Team, ESU Squad, and Millersville Squad



Directions: From I-80E, take exit 308, follow Prospect street two blocks, right turn at Normal St.  

Address: 200 Prospect St, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301

Camps map:

Parking: Park in Sci-Tech Lot. Parking passes available at check-in table.

Food: All meals listed are free for those registered for the conference and/or tournament.  Meals at Dansbury Commons are Cafeteria Style. Tell the clerk “Frederick Douglass” and you will be admitted.

Hotel: A separate email will be forthcoming about instructions for student hotel check in. The Budget Inn and Suites, 320 Greentree Drive, East Stroudsburg, PA, 18301. (Phone: 570-424-5451)




About Douglass Debate 2017:  Should colleges prohibit speech that is “hateful”? That question is being argued by members of the 2017 Frederick Douglass Debate Society.  On Friday, April 7th, forty-for debaters from seven schools will meet at East Stroudsburg University for the The Third Annual Douglass Debate Society Tournament. Teams engage in competitive, judged debate. After four preliminary rounds, teams with the best win/loss record advance to semi-finals, and then finals.  The championship round will be held at 4:00 p.m. in the Student Senate Chambers, University Center.  This year’s topic was chosen because of concern over hate speech on college campuses such as the events at the University of Missouri in 2014. Teams argue for and against the proposition “Resolved: The State System of Higher Ed should adopt a system-wide policy prohibiting hate speech on campuses.”  Schools competing include: California U, Bloomsburg, Edinboro, Indiana University, Kutztown and Millersville. East Stroudsburg University also has three teams competing. Contact: T Storm Heter, Head Coach and Tournament Director,

DDS Mission Statement: The Douglass Debate Society is designed to increase the engagement of first-generation, low income, and students of color in high-impact educational opportunities. The Society encourages students to think deeply and critically about contemporary issues and policies that have high significance to communities across the Commonwealth and communities of color, and provides opportunities for debaters to develop leadership, public speaking and advocacy skills that are cornerstones to engaged citizenship.


The 17th Annual FDI Research and Arts Conference

CFP, Douglass Research Conference 2017

The 3rd Annual Frederick Douglass Debate Society System-wide Tournament

Debate Materials


Coaches Training Hate Speech 2017

Coaches’ Handbook 2016

Hate Speech, Issue Packet 2017 (3-2-17)


Primary Contact: Dr. Storm Heter,

Hotel Information: The tournament hotel is The Budget Inn and Suites, 320 Greentree Drive, East Stroudsburg, PA, 18301. (Phone: 570-424-5451)  A block of rooms has been reserved under the group name “ESU Douglass Debate and Conference.” The discount rate is $70.00/night. 

Housing Assistance: Students may apply for housing subsidy by having their local FDI director send an email with the name and gender of each requesting student to


To submit a proposal for the conference, click here

To register for the debate tournament, click here

Deadline: Wed, March 22