Idebate Magazine: Call for short submissions on 2012 Presidential Debate Topics

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International Debate Education Association
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The International Debate Education Association (IDEA) works with young people from all over the world in communities with little or no history of debate or informed public discussion. IDEA's programs and publications teach critical thinking, advocacy, conflict resolution, public speaking skills, and the desire and capacity to look respectfully and rationally at other people's points of view.

IDEA is currently planning a special September issue of its periodical, Idebate Magazine, around the topic of presidential debating.

To supplement a contracted main contribution on the history and tradition of presidential debating, we are also looking for short, non-partisan contributions about specific topics that will arise in the 2012 Obama-Romney debates, including but not limited to immigration reform, marriage reform, No Child Left Behind, the national debt, taxes for the rich, healthcare reform, and America's role abroad. Submissions should be expository, concise, and address positions on both sides of the aisle.

If you are interested in writing a short, expository piece on a 2012 presidential debate topic for this special issue, please email the associate publisher, Anne Lovering Rounds ( with the proposed contribution idea by June 15. Include your name, institutional affiliation (if applicable), email address, and brief description of your contribution.

The deadline for completed submissions is July 15, 2012. Completed submissions should be 500-1000 words, double-spaced, and in MS Word.

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