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  • ISDC Student Debate on Universalization

    This is a NEW, NEW, NEW Student Activity being introduced at ISDC 2018!

    You are invited to fill out the Google Form and investigate the following items to prepare you to debate the burning questions: 

    • Can universalization promote global peace through cooperation?

    Debate teams will be comprised of qualifying students as a field test of universalization.  Never debated before?  We'll lead you through for a great experience!  Join up for the fun!

    Questions:  Contact:

    Frances Dellutri:

    • Registration for ISDC 2018 Universalization Debste

      Cartoon of a boy and girl debating while standing behind podiumsStudents who are registered for ISDC 2018 are eligible to apply for consideration to be placed on a debate team.  If you are not yet registered for ISDC 2018, please go to :

      Please complete the Google form for consideration for the Universalization Debate team, the Inaugural Student Universalization Debate, a new event for ISDC!

    • What is Universalization?

      Graphic:  Universalization:  An Overview of Univesalization: Governing our World within the universe/Dr. L J Edmonds of Ohio University collaborated with the ISDC 2018 Debate Committee to provide a description of the term universalization in the context of describing the next phase of human development, marking the transition from trans-national to interplanetary relations and much more aggressive exploitation of opportunities that lie beyond the confines of Earth.

    • Debating - How is it done?

      These resources will give some viewpoints on how you and your team mates can prepare for a great debate!

    • Resources for Learning about Universalization

      Graphic: Universalization:  Resources for Universalization:  ISDC Student DebateThe resources in this document are excellent opportunities to find out more about universalization and to help you prepare for the debate. 

    • Schedule of Events for ISDC 2018 Universalization Debate

      Thursday, May 24:

        11:00 - 12:00 Gateway Ballroom 

      Dr. LJ Edmonds gives Universalization presentation to all students, a great preparation for the debates.

      2:00 - 3:00 Gateway Ballroom  

      Debate Orientation for students who have qualified to debate. Debate team assignments are announced.


      Thursday - Friday, May 24 and 25:

      Student Debate Teams prepare their arguments for presentation at the first round on Saturday, May 26.  Times and locations for preparing are established during the orientation meeting on Thursday at 2:00 by the members of each team.


      Saturday, May 26:

      11:00 - 12:00  Amelia Earhart Wing (rooms 212, 214) -

                    Round 1 of Universalization Debates

                                 Debates will be run simultaneously 

      Spectators to observe the debates are encouraged!

      Saturday, May 26:

      5:00 - 6:00 Seminar Room,  Final Debate Round


      Sunday, May 27:

      10:00 - 10:45 Grand Ballroom         

       Student Awards Celebration
                     Winners of     
                      2018 Student Universalization Debate Announced.

      • Items for Debaters for the 2018 ISDC Universalization Debate

        These items will show you how the debates will flow and the expectations of debaters and judges.

      • Information from Orientatiion

        Each team has a room assignment for practice and organizing their team for the Saturday debates.

        Rooms will be available 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. for the team's exclusive use.

        Contacts of the Universalization "Experts" from the Speed-Dating Exercise are noted below.

        • Photos from ISDC 2018 Student Debate

          The following link has photos taken during the debate activities  in  Angeles at the International Space Development Conference May 25 and 26  2018. Videos announcing the final debate are also included.  Many thanks to A.J. Edmonds!