Tuesday, November 7, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST
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VINS Nature Center 
149 Natures Way
Quechee, VT 05059

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Sarah Strew 
Vermont Institute Of Natural Science 
802-359-5000 x245 

SPEAK Debate Workshop Series 

Presented in Partnership with SPEAK Inc.

This November, the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) will host a four-part workshop series presented in partnership with SPEAK Inc.  Explore the realm of debate, public speaking, and civil discourse, hone your debate skills, and find your voice in this unique program. 

Engagement in public discussion on the local level is a tradition woven into the fabric of our communities in New England.  But, as participation in public discussion, such as town meeting, declines so does the art of public speaking, debate, and diplomatic dissent.  During this series of four workshops, SPEAK Inc. facilitators will focus on teaching the foundations of strong debate: identifying credible information, constructing arguments, considering counter evidence, and crafting persuasive speeches, through the lens of environmental issues facing our region.

Each session will focus on different aspects of effective debate and communication. Participants are encouraged to attend every session.

Session Dates:  

  • Tuesday, November 7, 2017
  • Tuesday, November 14, 2017
  • Tuesday, November 28, 2017
  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Session Time:

  • 7pm-9pm

Location: VINS Nature Center, 149 Natures Way, Quechee, VT

Cost: $45 general public, $40 VINS Members

Light refreshments will be served at each session

About SPEAK Inc.

SPEAK Inc. was founded in 2016 to build on and better support the work of students at the Vermont Law School and University of Vermont to promote respectful conversation by teaching the skills and values of debate.  SPEAK Inc. strives to promote powerful voices, and is founded on the principle that everyone should have access to opportunities to strengthen their personal and professional growth.  Learn more about SPEAK Inc. at https://www.speaksolutions.org/

For more information about this workshop series, email sstrew@vinsweb.org, or call 802-359-5000, ext. 245.