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Dr. Harry C. “Neil” Strine IV, Director of Forensics
Welcome to the Bloomsburg University Forensic Team’s Website. Forensics is the competitive speech and debate program at Bloomsburg University. “Forensics,” from the Latin “forensus” means “forum” or a place to find the truth. The ancient Greeks used to gather in forums to hear debates as a form of entertainment and to learn the truth. Today, forensics is mostly associated with police work and crime scenes, but its origins are really with speech and debate.
All BU students are welcome to join the team and no experience is necessary. We have students from a variety of majors on the team. It is the only co-curricular academic activity on the BU campus that will allow students to earn academic credit per semester that counts toward graduation (if you choose to) just for participating. Students interested in receiving credit for the forensics experience must register for the forensics practicum (Intstudy-108-01) and compete in at least three speaking/debate events per tournament for three tournaments. Forensics can help you become a better communicator, be more organized, and improve your life skills! Forensics is also lots of fun!
The Forensics Team travels to other colleges and universities throughout the United States where we compete against other universities. We have traveled to Montreal, Canada, Baltimore, Ocean City, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and New Jersey. There is also plenty of time for sight-seeing at each tournament.
Students at a typical tournament will give their speech (informative, persuasive, communication analysis, After-Dinner) or oral interpretation of literature reading (prose, poetry, dramatic duo) twice during the weekend. Each speech is given in a classroom in front of a qualified judge and maybe 3 or 4 other student competitors. All students will receive written comments from the judge at the conclusion of the tournament. Transportation, housing, and meals are provided to all BU students who participate on the forensics team.
You can turn one of your college research papers or speeches from public speaking into a tournament-ready speech. If you enjoy arguing with friends, you may have the talent to become a debater. If you enjoy theater, perhaps you can perform a prose or poetry reading or interpret a cutting from a play. There are events for everyone!
Please look around our website to learn more about the team. If you would like to learn more about the BU Forensics team, contact the Director of Forensics and Associate Professor of Political Science, Dr. Neil Strine at 570-389-4252 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.