Film screening: Fast Talk


College debaters now speak at unintelligible speeds. Some claim the benefits are clear: More arguments per minute that an opposing team needs to rebut. But is there a dark side to fast talk?

Fast Talk tracks the Northwestern University debate team as it tries for a second consecutive championship while simultaneously examining why debaters now talk so fast and how their arguments are unintelligible and inconsequential to a non-debate audience. Has debate slowly morphed from an academic activity meant to train young minds to an activity meant to train winners regardless of whether or not they know how to communicate and/or form nuanced arguments?  Fast Talk looks at the relationship of speed to privilege, race and gender.

Director Debra Tolchinsky will be available for a talk-back session after each screening.




14 Pews
800 Aurora St.
Houston, TX


$10; free for 14 Pews members.
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