News Release: Politics

Sep. 26,  2008

Debate Experts Available at Emory

Emory’s Center for Ethics is sponsoring a debate watching party Friday, Sept. 26 at 8:30 p.m. The Center for Ethics is located at 1531 Dickey Drive, Atlanta, 30322. Google it or see the campus map. Parking is available in the Peavine Parking Deck.

For more information, contact Paul Ficklin-Alred at 404-727-1208 or

Emory Debate Experts Available for Commentary:

Bill Newnam is associate director of forensics and debate coach for the Barkley Forum at Emory, and administrative director of the National Debate Project Debate Center at Georgia State University, which serves hundreds of students and teachers each year. He also serves as a regional and national media commentator on political debates. 404-727-6189 (w),

James Roland is director of Community Debate Programs and debate coach for Emory's Barkley Forum. He is a former nationally ranked debater and has been coaching and directing community programs at Emory since 2000. As director of programs for the National Debate Project, Roland is one of the nation's foremost experts on the role of debate in urban education. He directs the National Debate Project Debate Center at Georgia State University, and has been a debate advisor to the U.S. State Department, Atlanta Housing Authority, Open Society Institute and Urban Debate Leagues in Miami, Milwaukee, Memphis, Washington, D.C., New York, Nashville, Baltimore and Jamaica. 404-727-6189 (w),

Susan Tamasi is a professor of linguistics who can discuss discourse analysis and use of campaign language. She is a specialist in sociolinguistics and American English dialects--their structure, development, and connections with social and political issues.

Here is a recent Q&A she did with the AJC.

Contact: 404-727-7843 (o),, or Beverly Clark, 404-275-4771 (c)


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