From the Program Director's Desk

WUDL Hosting Remote College Panel 4/29/2020

This Wednesday, the WUDL is hosting a panel on debate and college. Our goal is to help students better understand the advantages their participation in debate can provide to their college search, both financially and in terms of admissions, competitiveness, etc. We're blessed to have a strong cadre of local college coaches who have been very supportive of the local league from College District 7, but this panel will be more expansive, building relationships with folks across the nation. Here is who will be joining us so far: District 7: Mary Beth Armstrong, Current College Debater, George Mason University (VA) Adrienne Brovero, Director of Debate, Mary Washington University (VA) Vida Chiri,

WUDL Hosts Q and A Judge Leifman on new documentary: Definition of Insanity

As we transition into the digital space, we are always looking for ways to present fun, engaging, and unique opportunities for our students to engage with the coming year's topic, Criminal Justice Reform. One of those ways is to bring in guest speakers, something that COVID distancing has actually made easier, since we can draw folks from all over the country via the internet. Last night, the Washington Urban Debate League sat down with Miami-Dade Judge Steve Leifman of the 11th Circuit in Florida. Judge Leifman has been a leading voice advocating for prison alternatives for those with mental illnesses, and is the subject of the recent documentary, the Definition of Insanity., a project of t

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