News Release: PLU Debate Team Wraps Up Year By Hosting Famous Forensics Expert


News Release

For Immediate Release



Justin Eckstein, Debate Coach


David Zarefsky, a forensics expert, will speak at PLU May 14 at 6 p.m. Zarefsky will be presenting “Lincoln, Douglas, and Slavery: In the Crucible of Public Debate.” This lecture will dive into the 1958 Lincoln-Douglas debates.

The event will be held in the Studio at the Karen Hille Phillips building. This event is free to anybody regardless if they go to PLU or not. People will be able to tweet questions and Zarefsky will be answering those questions making this an interactive experience.

Dr. Justin Eckstein said, “It is important to unify practice and scholarship,” in regards to why he thought it was important for the debate team to listen to Zarefsky speak. Dr. Eckstein also said that Zarefsky is a highly sought after speaker.

Kaitlyn Porter, the publicist for the debate team, said, “I’m a huge history fan. Lincoln is an incredible figure and it is important that his rhetoric is broken down.”

Zarefsky has won the Speech Communication’s Winans-Wichelns Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address.

Any questions regarding this event or the speech and debate team can be directed to Justin Eckstein.


The T.O.H. Karl Forensics Forum is a co-curricular and regionally competitive forensics program that provides travel opportunities for all skill levels.

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