Topic outline

  • 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!

    • In this 5 min video produced by high school students, you will find the do's and don't's of debating- Enjoy!

    • Dave of the Canadian Debate Society photoDave of the Canadian Debate Society has great suggestions for preparing for a debate by considering  how you might research your position.  He also suggest  how you might rebut your opposition or how the opposition might rebut your points. (5 min video)

  • 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.

    • This document explains how the room will be configured and the organization of the debate round.  Round 1 and the Final Round will be conducted in a similar way.

    • This rubric will be used by the judges to evaluate your individual performance as a member of your debate team.

    • A list of the responsibilities of the judges for 2018 Student Debate on Universalization is available to you.

  • 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!