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WE HEARD YOUR REQUESTS; NEW COLLEGE LEVEL GROUP ADDED! 

Beginning through advanced speakers welcome; join us for an exciting week of championship instruction and summer fun!

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The UTEP Forensics Program

with the

JM Witherspoon Fund & TX PSI Chapter of PKD

Cordially invite

Middle, High School & College students  to

THE TALK OF TEXAS 2018

Speech & Debate Camp

June 25- June 29, 2018

9 AM- 4 PM, Monday-Friday 

UTEP CAMPUS

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ENROLL IN ONE OF OUR 6 GROUPS ASAP!

Middle School

  • GROUP A:  SPEECH & DEBATE ACTIVITIES
  • GROUP B:  FOR SPANISH SPEAKERS--PUBLIC SPEAKING & ORAL INTERPRETATION

High School

  • GROUP C:  LINCOLN-DOUGLAS DEBATE
  • GROUP D:  STUDENT CONGRESS & PUBLIC SPEAKING
  • GROUP E:  ORAL INTERPRETATION OF LITERATURE

College

  • GROUP F:  INTERCOLLEGIATE PUBLIC SPEAKING, ORAL INTERPRETATION, DEBATE

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Enroll today--instruction by speech champions & experienced educators! 

Per person cost:  $100; Mail $50 deposit or full payment ASAP.

Registration continues until space is filled.

Email TheTalkofTexas@gmail.com for reservations and registration forms.   Or, go to

https://www.thetalkoftexas.org/

Mail payments (checks, money orders, vouchers only; no cash) plus registration information to 

The Talk of Texas Speech Camp

PMB # 41

500 West University Avenue

El Paso, TX 79968

ACT FAST: Reservations are still being accepted on a  first-come, first-served basis until space is gone.

FREE: Campus parking passes, campus computer use and wireless access, guest access to UTEP     Library and databases; ALL are provided for each participant.

NOTE: Food & refreshments will NOT be provided.  Students may purchase food  on campus, or     may bring their own food, drink, and/or refillable water bottles.

INFO: 

Email:  TheTalkofTexas@gmail.com 

Web:    https://www.thetalkoftexas.org/

Web:    http://organizations.utep.edu/forensics

  TO REQUEST RESERVATIONS AND ASK QUESTIONS, EMAIL TheTalkofTexas@gmail.com

A low cost workshop made possible by the

 John McCormick Witherspoon Forensics Excellence Gift Fund

 GO TO  OUR NEW WEB PAGE!  https://www.thetalkoftexas.org/

 








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PLEASE ADDRESS ALL QUESTIONS ABOUT 
THE UTEP FORENSICS TEAM
to:
Dr. Mary Trejo, Director of Forensics, 
mtrejo@utep.edu or trejome@gmail.com
Dr. Carlos Tarin, Assistant Director of Forensics, catarin@utep.edu
Michael Brooks, Debate Coach, mebrooks@utep.edu



The UTEP Forensics Program is always looking for new talent...

So, Come on down and join UTEP's
State, Regional and National Speech Champions

Learn how to excel in
Public Speaking~Interpretation of Literature~Debate


Speech Team Opportunities & Scholarship Information Available


You really don't need any experience; we will train you.  You do need to be willing to encounter new ideas, learn effective communication techniques, work with talented people, and travel to new places. 

You are always welcome to drop by our classes--
come visit us!


The ongoing confusion about the meaning of the term Forensics is concisely addressed

by the good webmaster at the National Forensic Association website:

2. So do you have anything to do with science or the study of dead bodies?
No, although both do share some origins. As Golden, Berquist and Coleman note, "Legal speaking in the law courts was referred to as forensic discourse" (Rhetoric of Western Thought, 3rd edition, Kendall/Hunt, 1983, p. 39). Aristotle's Rhetoric (book 1, 3.5) describes three forms of speaking. One is forensics, for which Aristotle notes: "The end of the forensic speaker is the just or the unjust." In book 1, 3.4, Aristotle defines forensic speaking as "either accusatory or defensive, for litigants must necessarily either accuse or defend." (Both quotations come from the J.H. Freese translation, Harvard University Press, 1926). 
So how do people tend to look at both of forms of forensics as the same? Golden, Berquist and Coleman suggest it is because forensic discourse "deals with happenings in the past as in the case of alleged criminality" (ibid, p. 60).



HEY, WANT TO JOIN THE UTEP SPEECH & DEBATE TEAM?

NEW RECRUITS ARE BEING ACCEPTED FOR FALL 2018!  

Experience is not necessary; we will train you!

Enroll now in our NEW class:

COMMUNICATION 4350, CRN # 17625, SPECIAL TOPICS IN FORENSICS

MW 3:00-4:20 PM, COTTON 103

INSTRUCTOR, MICHAEL E. BROOKS

This 3 credit hour course replaces both Communication 2201 & 2202, and covers

Debate, Public Speaking, and Oral Interpretation of Literature

COMMUNICATION 4350, SPECIAL TOPICS IN FORENSICS

Open to all students, freshman-graduate

No special permission required to enroll

All majors university wide welcome  

Grading will be based on 1-1 evaluation; inexperienced and experienced speakers do not compete  against each other for grades.

No textbooks or tests; Class time is spent on instruction and practice

Multiple coaches & mentors give individual instruction

Enroll to Join the UTEP Speech Team!

ACT NOW!  Class size is limited; will close when filled.

We Train You to Represent UTEP in Intercollegiate Speech & Debate Tournaments.

PLUS, those who do not want to go to tournaments may choose to be trained without competing.


Information: Michael E. Brooks, UTEP Debate Coach

mebrooks@utep.edu; voice mail, 915-747-6202 

 

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TEAM LEADERS & COACHES:
MARY TREJO~Director of Forensics
CARLOS TARIN~Assistant Director of Forensics
MICHAEL E. BROOKS~Debate Coach
MATTHEW D. MINNICH~ Graduate Teaching Assistant

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FORENSICS=COMMUNICATION

To reach and truly communicate with someone, it is necessary to engage the attention, to push aside barriers of boredom or monotony or even civility, and actually get that person to focus on what is being communicated. In literature or drama as well as in the other arts we can see moments of epiphany, of lightning bolts of realization and clarity; so too it is with the verbal communication of ideas. Lightning-like shocks of clarity may not come around often enough, but they do occur, and are events to be sought after and treasured.

Such is the case with the best forensic training. Debaters, public speakers and interpreters of literature are urged to think, to create, and to excel. Originality is prized and rewarded. This atmosphere of attentive and engaged minds is greatly fostered in the exhausting but exhilarating phenomenon of the forensics tournament. The lifetime legacy of training in Debate, Public Speaking and Oral Interpretation of Literature is the ability to conceptualize and communicate ideas clearly, effectively, and with lasting resonance.

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