You may know him as 1/2 of the first Black team to win the Cross Examination Debate Association's (CEDA) National Debate Championship, or you may know him as a pioneer in the use of hip-hop clips, personal experience, and spoken word in debate, or you may even know him as a former debate teammate of our own Shauntrice Martin. This year, Deven Cooper is once again one of the instructors at the SVUDL Summer Institute! We took a moment to get to know the man behind the podium.
- What’s your favorite debate memory?
"I have two. Debating with Shauntrice while at the University of Louisville, and winning the 2008 CEDA championship."
- What three words would you use to describe yourself as a debater?
"Fierce , witty, responsive."
- What do you think it takes to be a debate champion?
"Research, reading, processing and analyzing your arguments."
- If you could give a new debater any piece of advice, what would it be?
"READ READ READ, and speaking drills everyday for 2 hours."
- What was your favorite moment at last year’s SVUDL Summer Institute?
"The picture day!"
- What are you looking forward to at this year’s Summer Institute?
"More motivated and ready to learn students!"
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