Wednesday, September 14, 2005



1. What does this past Kansas debater look like now?

2. What does this ex-debater now do for a living?

Robin is Chair of the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Kansas.

Robin is also a "Senior Consultant" to a firm called Advocacy Research Institute, which engages in "jury research and litigation consulting services."

3. Has this former debater been "in the news"?

Maybe. Well, yes, at least some years ago.

However, Robin has clearly been active "behind the scenes," as they say. For example, he's been involved in Israel Advocacy Retreat, which "was designed to teach students how to defend Israel in various situations, from the public lectures in their classrooms to the conversations they have with their peers at bars." He apparently
discussed why we should defend Israel, the barriers we might encounter and the rhetoric and different types of communications skills needed to defend Israel to all types of audiences.
Robin has also worked as a political consultant for Representative Dennis Moore (D-KS). In 1999 and 2002, Moore visited Robin's KU classes. The stories about Moore's visits don't seem to disclose the connection.

4. What else do we know?

Robin co-authored an award-winning book in 2002, Shared Land/Conflicting Identity Trajectories of Israeli and Palestinian Symbol Use.

Robin has been involved with his local ACLU chapter, thinking about the Patriot Act.

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