George Mason Institute of Forensics Offers Summer Program

Posted: July 18, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Daniel Walsch

Forensics will be the name of the game beginning Thursday, July 20, when 161 high school students from 23 states gather at the university’s Fairfax Campus as part of the second annual George Mason Institute of Forensics (GMIF).

These students will be here for two weeks to learn more about forensics and sharpen their skills in the art of debate for formal argumentation. They will be joined by 54 teachers from throughout the United States who will facilitate all activities and provide instruction.

“We are very excited about this year’s overall program,” says Peter Pober, director of Mason’s forensics program and GMIF. “The amount of participation in this year’s program nearly doubles what we experienced last year, making us one of the largest high school forensic institutes in the nation.”

The program culminates on Aug. 3 when all participants gather for what Pober calls the “GMIF Showcase.” To be held in Lecture Hall I from 8:30 a.m. to noon, this event is open to the campus community and features the students in a series of performances and speeches.

For more information, contact GMIF at 703-993-4119.

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