SEPodcast

This podcast series includes important conversations regarding equity in forensics. Each episode will tackle what we believe to be a crucial issue affecting students, coaches, and administrators within our activity. However, we don’t want to pretend like we have all the answers. If you have an idea or story you’d like us to tackle, go ahead and enter it on the feedback link down below. Otherwise, just let us know if you have any suggestions or areas of improvement moving forward, and thank you for listening.

Episode 5: Accessibility, Visibility, and the Empty Seats

In today’s episode, we discuss the experience of people with disabilities in forensics. To help us, we talked with Patrick Seick, Director of Forensics as Eastern Michigan University, about the conceptuality, tangibility, and visibility of disability in forensics. Although much progress has taken place, we have far further to go, and the opportunities on the horizon to make this activity more accessible should not be ignored.

Host: Jim Welty

Production & Editing: Lucas Muratore

Theme Music: Alex Thiel

 

Episode 4: Forensics Infrastructure

In today’s episode, we tackle one of the biggest difference makers in forensics: whether or not a school has institutional support. Forensics has so much to offer students, but many of those offerings are contingent upon the financial and logistical support a team gets from their schools. So to help us out in understanding it’s significance, we talk to Katie Lai of Las Positas College, George Mason University, and Florida State University. Forensics should be open to everyone and free of financial barriers, but we have a long way to go.

Host: Jim Welty

Production & Editing: Lucas Muratore 

Theme Music: Alex Thiel

 

Episode 3: Speaking All Around the World 

In today’s episode, we address the global nature of Speech and Debate to understand why more nations around the world are getting into speaking competitions. We talk to Beth Clarke of the Taipei American School about online tournaments internationally, how the global speech community has grown, and the benefits of a worldwide competitive pool. Forensics is changing fast, and despite the pain of this year, there’s a lot to be excited about. 

Host: Jim Welty

Production & Editing: Lucas Muratore 

Theme Music: Alex Thiel

 

Episode 2: Forensics, Zoomed-In

In this second episode of the Speech Equity Podcast, we discuss how the forensics community has adapted to the Coronavirus Pandemic through online tournaments. The episode begins with a historical examination of how forensics has previously handled distance competition before delving into a dialogue about how current technology can handle the challenge. Professor Trent Webb of Nassau Community College talks to us about his training seminars for online competition, the challenges of being a coach and director during a pandemic, and how online competitions may shape the future of forensics.

Host: Jim Welty

Production & Editing: Lucas Muratore 

Theme Music: Alex Thiel

 

Episode 1: Black Coaches Matter

In this first episode of the Speech Equity Podcast, we talk about the current status of racial equity in forensics, how far we’ve come, and where work still needs to be done. The episode begins with an examination of race in education from a historical context. Then, we delve into an interview with Dr. Deion Hawkins, professor of Argumentation and Advocacy as well as the Director of Forensics over at Emerson College in Boston, MA. In total, we conclude that although the activity has made great strides as an inclusive space for black competitors and coaches, it still has much further to go on issues of allyship and institutional support.

Host: Jim Welty

Production & Editing: Lucas Muratore 

Theme Music: Alex Thiel

 

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