British National Debate Team to be Hosted by Communicology and the UHM Debate Team

Ettie Bailey-King and Willard Foxton will be representing the British National Debate Team on tour throughout the United States Sept-Dec 2012

The British National Debate Team will be making a stop at UH Manoa just after the National Communication Association’s annual conference as part of their tour of American colleges and select debate programs. They will be hosted by the UH Debate Team and the Communicology Department during Thanksgiving week. UHM and HPU were awarded a mutual hosting offer and will put together a combined team to compete against the Brits along with hosting several public campus events TBA.


Ettie recently graduated in English Literature and plans to continue graduate study in the UK. At University, Ettie was heavily involved in student politics, journalism, theater and welfare services. Ettie visited the US as a Fulbright Special Program Scholar in 2011 and looks forward to returning to see more of the wonderful USA.

Willard was a student of the University of the West of England, Bristol University and the Middle Temple. He holds a degree in Law, a Masters degree in International Criminal Justice & qualified as a Barrister. As a debater, he was once the 7th best speaker in the world, is one of a very small number of speakers to have reached the final rounds of Oxford, Cambridge, the Mace, the European Championships and the World Championships, and is the only person ever to win the WUDC “funniest speaker in the world” comedy prize more than once.

Since leaving university, Willard has had a successful career as a Journalist & documentary film-maker for the BBC; he has reported from the Israel Lebanon War, covered piracy off the Horn of Africa, made the BBC’s flagship film on the Madoff scandal and spent the winter of 2010 embedded with the US Marines in Waakan province, Afghanistan.


10/1: Irvine Valley College
10/3-4: University of North Texas, Denton, TX
10/6-9: West Texas A & M University, Canyon, TX
10/10-12: Texas State University
10/14-16: University of Houston
10/18-19: Prince George’s CC, Largo, MD
10/23: Chesapeake CC
10/25: William & Mary
10/27-29: Randolph Macon
10/31-11/3: Depauw University

11/5: U of Southern Mississippi
11/7-8: Lenoir Rhyne University
11/10-11: Wake Forest University
11/14: St Leo
11/16-18: National Communication Association Annual Conference
11/20-25: University of Hawaii @ Manoa & Hawaii Pacific University
11/27-28: Cape Cod CC
11/30-12/1: Colgate

12/3-4: Ithaca/Cornell

To learn more about the tour or the UH debate team contact UHM Director of Forensics Dr. Robert Boller at or find him in George Hall 317.