The NFA is an intercollegiate forensics association devoted to individual events and Lincoln-Douglas debate. We are affiliated with the American Forensics Association, an umbrella group of organizations interested in the promotion of intercollegiate speech and debate.
No, although both do share some origins. As Golden, Berquist and Coleman note, “Legal speaking in the law courts was referred to as forensic discourse” (Rhetoric of Western Thought, 3rd edition, Kendall/Hunt, 1983, p. 39). Aristotle’s Rhetoric (book 1, 3.5) describes three forms of speaking. One is forensics, for which Aristotle notes: “The end of the forensic speaker is the just or the unjust.” In book 1, 3.4, Aristotle defines forensic speaking as “either accusatory or defensive, for litigants must necessarily either accuse or defend.” (Both quotations come from the J.H. Freese translation, Harvard University Press, 1926).
So how do people tend to look at both of forms of forensics as the same? Golden, Berquist and Coleman suggest it is because forensic discourse “deals with happenings in the past as in the case of alleged criminality” (ibid, p. 60).
Membership provides three distinct benefits. First, it allows a school to enter the national tournament in April. Also, for schools that participate in NFA-LD, membership provides the only way to vote for the topic areas and resolutions. Finally, it promotes the activities of the organization, which include intercollegiate tournaments, scholarly discussions at the National Communication Association, and more.
The tournament calendar is available at the Council of Forensic Organizations website.
Also, if you become a member of NFA, you’ll be added automatically to the mailing list; many schools purchase mailing labels and so you’ll be added to their mailing lists automatically. Otherwise, you may wish to subscribe to the IE-L. Often, there will be tournament announcements there. You might also consider becoming a member of the American Forensics Association; they also sponsor a national tournament.
IE-L is a discussion list for people interested in intercollegiate individual events and Lincoln-Douglas debate. It is not officially sanctioned by NFA or AFA. The list is moderated, and it is owned by Minnesota State University-Mankato and administered by Dan Cronn-Mills. To subscribe, go to: http://mail.mnsu.edu/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/ie-l
The Council of Forensic Organizations has a list of programs in individual events, as well as debate. Check it out at: http://www.collegeforensics.org/list-of-college-programs
There are event descriptions for:
Note: The National Forensic Association does not have Program Oral Interpretation at the national tournament. The event description for POI can be found at the AFA website.
All of the qualifying rules can be found on the National Tournament page
Typically the last qualifying date is the 3rd Saturday of March; however, the qualifying rules page listed above will have the specific date for each year.
That’s really something that you’re better off finding yourself. There are several different texts that talk about intercollegiate forensics; one is M’Liss Hindman’s Intercollegiate Forensics; the book gives ideas of where to find material and how to do each event. Kendall/Hunt is the publisher, and the ISBN is 0-8403-8873-X.
This is a wonderful question — we believe that every student should have the ability to participate in forensics. If you’re a student, you should try to talk to your Student Government and faculty members in departments such as Communication, Speech, English, and so on. If you’re a faculty member, you should not only secure funding from within your own institution, but also go to state, regional and national conferences — you’ll find colleagues ready and willing to help. In either case, let Larry Schnoor, our President, know; often, he’ll have additional names and contacts.
Due to copyright restrictions, interpretation events are generally not available. Public address, Limited Preparation and Lincoln-Douglas Debate DVDs are available here.
Dr. Dan Cronn-Mills, the Director of Forensics at Minnesota State-Mankato has created an Online Index to Forensics Research. The web address is: http://fmp.mnsu.edu/forensicindex/online_index.htm
The NIET is sponsored by the American Forensics Association. The website for the NIET is: http://www.afa-niet.org
Currently, there are the following lists. Note that these are not officially sanctioned by the NFA:
District 3: AR, KS, LA, MO, OK, TX (Sean Stewart, University of Texas – Listowner)
District 4: IA, MN, NE, ND, SD, WI (Michael Dreher, Bethel University – listowner)