Session 1: July 9-14, 2017
Session 2: July 23-28, 2017
A Voice of Her Own is a unique summer program that teaches girls to articulate ideas with confidence and clarity, while improving their oratorical, research, and critical thinking skills. A Voice of Her Own faculty teach lifetime skills in public speaking and debate, and girls learn the skills needed to succeed in interscholastic debate and public speaking tournaments. Instruction is offered in cross-examination debating, parliamentary extemporaneous debating, interpretive reading, dramatic interpretation, impromptu speaking, after-dinner speaking, and persuasive speaking.
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Warm-up exercises
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Writing and creating
12:00 p.m. – Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Practice deliveries
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Swimming/Free time
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Dinner and free time
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Presentations
9:00 p.m. Presentation of the next day’s topic (usually a film)
Morning: Campers choose a style of presentation and prepare a speech, dramatic reading, or debate brief
Afternoon: Campers polish material written in the morning
Evening: Campers present persuasive speech or debate brief to other participants.
Parents are encouraged to join us at the formal presentation on the last day, as participants present their best work from the week.
About the Director
A Voice of Her Own is directed by Dr. Paul C. Bassett, coach and founder of Stoneleigh-Burnham’s Debate and Public Speaking Society. Dr. Bassett has served as President of the Debating Association of New England Independent Schools (DANEIS) and coached the American Team at the World Individual Debate and Public Speaking Championships.
Staff members include Stoneleigh-Burnham faculty and Debate Society alumnae.
About Debate & Public Speaking at SBS
Stoneleigh-Burnham School has a long and illustrious history in debate and public speaking. It is recognized as one of the strongest programs in New England, competing locally, nationally and internationally. In 2012, 2013, 2105, and 2016, Stoneleigh-Burnham students competed as part of the American Team at the World Individual Debate and Public Speaking Championships. Learn more about our program here.