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CSCA 2020 Convention - Argumentation & Forensics Interest Group Reminders

Hello, CSCA Argumentation & Forensics Interest Group Members,

I hope you are all looking forward to the upcoming Central States convention, April 14-19, 2020 in Chicago-O’Hare (Rosemont), IL! I am so excited about the panel discussions and paper presentations we have scheduled in the program this year for our group. Presentation topics include: how non-scholarship forensics teams use social media for recruitment; issues facing tournament managers in British parliamentary debate; a discussion of the rhetorical tactics of lesser-known Illinois leaders (Top Panel); and an investigation of self-disclosure and sexual victimization within the forensics community (Top Paper; Top Student paper). This email is to remind you of a few things as we quickly approach this year’s conference.

First, as you may have already seen, the program is now live on the website for you to search conference sessions and individual panelists by name or affiliation to start building your conference schedule. I also encourage you to register for the convention as soon as possible! Here is the link to the website for quick access to the registration and membership page: Make sure to check out the website sooner than later so not to miss your chance at possibly saving some money on registration and membership fees!

Second, I also encourage you to find hotel/lodging accommodations as soon as possible if you can. The conference hotel is quickly filling up and so are places (hotels/motels, AirBnBs, etc.) around the area… it is right by O’Hare after all! Get in now to secure your spot (and comfort!) during the convention!

Finally, I look forward to seeing many of you at the Argumentation & Forensics Interest Group Business Meeting, scheduled for 2-3:15pm on Thursday, April 16 in Gallery 524 of the Loews Chicago-O’Hare conference hotel. At the meeting, we will highlight our Top Panel, Top Paper, and Top Student Paper award recipients, talk about any issues or concerns facing the group, and discuss potential topic ideas for next year’s conference. I hope to see you there!

If you have any questions about any AFIG-sponsored sessions in the program, please feel free to reach out! Until then, have a great spring semester and I’ll see you in April.


Benjamin L. Davis, M.A.
Chair, Argumentation & Forensics Interest Group, CSCA
Pronouns: he, him, his

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