Interview with Sharon Porter & Shelby Jo Long Hammond

Sharon Porter is this year's Forum's Curriculum Director and the Mixed Teams Track Leader. With prior experience teaching on the junior high, high school and college level, most of her academic career was spent at Northern Arizona University (NAU) where she ran a nationally competitive team that qualified for and competed in national tournaments in policy, cross-examination, Lincoln-Douglas and Parliamentary Debate. Sharon was active and held positions in a number of professional forensic education organizations including Vice- President of the American Forensic Association, President of Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha and President of the National Parliamentary Debate Association. Shortly after retirement in 2004 she became a consultant for the International Debate Education Association (IDEA) and in the past 8 years has conducted a number of trainings and coordinated both the Coaches and Judges and the Mixed-Team Tracks at IDEA Youth Forums.

Our media team interviewed her about the her debate experience, the meaning of being MTT leader and the perception of debate in the USA. Here is the full interview with Sharon Porter.

Shelby is the leader of the International New Debaters Track. She joined the faculty at Rocky Mountain College, Montana in 2006 after finishing her degree in Communication Studies at the University of Montana. Before her Master's study in Mossoula, she graduated from Carroll College with a study abroad trip to Trinity College in Dublin, Irelad. Shelby worked as the Parliamentary Debate coach at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Debate has always been a significant part of her education.  She was on the forensics team at Carroll College through their national championship competitive year in 1999 and also participated in debate societies at Trinity College in Dublin. She worked at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon and University of Montana as a debate coach before settling into the Director of Forensics position at Rocky Mountain College.

In the interview, she speaks about INDT's importance, her experience with the new debaters and her expectations of this year's Forum. Here is the full interview.

If we would just take time to

If we would just take time to absorb things we may also need to know some of those things which could actually alter something. - Marla Ahlgrimm


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