VBI LA Session II Topic Update

We are pleased to announce that students will be debating the September/October topics in both Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum debate for the duration of VBI LA Session II (as opposed to just the second week of camp). This change has been made possible by the National Speech & Debate Association, which is releasing the September/October topic early this […]


VBI Resolutions Announced

The Victory Briefs Institute camp topics will be as follows: VBI Chicago—Resolved (PF): In United States public K-12 schools, the probable cause standard ought to apply to searches of students. Resolved (LD): The United States has a moral obligation to adopt a single-payer healthcare system. VBI Philadelphia—Resolved: The United States ought to guarantee the right to housing. VBI […]


Winning Season for VBI Family

This past weekend, an unprecedented contingent of fifty VBI alumni competed in the Lincoln-Douglas division at the National Tournament of Champions. We would like to congratulate each of them personally (and apologize, in advance, for any errors in or omissions from this list): Achal Srinivasan, Adam Brown, Amun Khan, Alex Zhao, Annie Gersh, Ariel Azbel, Ashish Wadhwani, […]


Good luck to VBI alumni and instructors competing at CEDA & NDT!

Much of the innovation in contemporary LD is driven by intercollegiate debaters and coaches. This weekend is the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) National Championship, followed by the National Debate Tournament (NDT)—the two largest intercollegiate debate championships in the U.S. We wish the best of luck to the VBI alumni and instructors who will be competing at […]

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VBI 2016: Initial Faculty Lists Posted!

We are excited to announce our initial faculty lists for the 2016 Victory Briefs Institute. These early lists represent a small fraction of our staff; many more instructors will be added in the coming months. Our Public Forum instructors have won or coached winners of the TOC, NDCA, and NSDA Nationals, in addition to Blake, the […]


VBI 2016 Registration Now Open

Visit VBIdebate.com to sign up and to learn more about our sessions: VBI Chicago (Loyola University) – June 19th to July 2nd, Public Forum and Lincoln-Douglas debate VBI Philadelphia (Swarthmore College) – July 3rd to 16th, Lincoln-Douglas debate VBI Los Angeles Session I (Occidental College) – July 17th to August 6th (new three-week curriculum), Lincoln-Douglas debate VBI […]


Thank you, VBI 2015 students and faculty!

I didn’t really know what to expect when I came to VBI. But I don’t think that I ever expected it to be so sad to leave. I found friends and mentors and debate skills and family. I became much more confident in myself as a debater and a person. It reminded me how much […]


VBI 2015 Topics Announced

The topics that will be used at VBI 2015 have been finalized for all locations. Swarthmore (June 28-July 11): Resolved: Immigration ought to be recognized as a human right. Los Angeles (July 12-August 1): Resolved: The United States ought to promote democracy in the Middle East. Chicago: (August 2-15)*: Resolved: The United States ought to adopt carbon […]