The 2013 ODI is suspended until further notice. The University of Oregon debate program is transitioning to a new Director of Forensics. The ODI will be reestablished the following summer. We are deeply sorry to those looking forward to another trip to Eugene this summer. We hope to see you in 2014.
The content of this page is over a year old. It should allow you to get a sense of the programs we will offer when the camp is able to begin again. We will provide a quality, low cost, forensics institute again in 2014.
The University of Oregon Forensics Program was founded, with the University, in 1876. Initially the program consisted of two, student formed forensic societies, which developed into "doughnut league" inter-dorm competitions in the 1890s. In 1891 the UO began intercollegiate competition with a debate on the topic of labor against Willamette University in nearby Salem, OR. Forensics continued to grow as a staple of the University's community and by 1911, the team was so successful that they could charge admission to debates. Money raised during these events was often donated to the fledgling University of Oregon football program.