Summit Debate was founded in 1995 by Jenny Cook, Executive Director. The name Summit Debate was influenced by a historic road, Summit Avenue, known for showcasing some of the grandest homes in the Twin Cities area. Summit Avenue was just a short walk from where Cook lived and in her mind the name Summit captured the image of “making it to the top”. Thus the logo “Reach for the Summit”. The first institute opened in the summer of 1997, with the National Debate Forum (NDF) in Lincoln-Douglas Debate and Public Forum Debate. Then, in 2004, a “salon style” program in Interp events, Interpretive Productions (InterProd), was founded by David Kraft and the Extemp Lab (EXL) led by Andy Charrier, were founded in 2007.

Currently, Summit Debate runs institutes for Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum Debate, InterProd, which teaches Humorous, Dramatic, and Duo Interpretation and Original Oratory, and EXL for Extemporaneous Sepeaking.

From July 10-24, 2016,  NDF, InterProd, and EXL are held at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. Join Us!

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