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Public Relations:Lee Ann Cox (802)656-1107
Specialty:Policy and parlimentary debate; rhetoric; debate in developing nations; Reggae music
Biography:Alfred "Tuna" Snider, Lawrence Professor of Forensics, is one of the world's leading teachers, coaches and scholars of debate. He is widely published on a variety of related subjects, including his most recent book, _Code of the Debater_. He travels throughout the world, so far to over twenty countries, to help launch debate programs and to encourage young people to become active agents for social change through the art of rhetoric. For 25 years he has hosted the World Debate Institute each summer at UVM, which brings together high school, college and international students, as well as coaches, to polish debate skills. He also is active in the Urban Debate Leagues, which trains inner-city students in debate. Snider has pioneered the use of the Internet to broadcast live debates throughout the world. He operates the world's most-used and largest website about debatimg [Debate Central -] and also at the leading world debate news website, Gloval Debate, at