A Topic Conference on the Stoa Team Policy Debate Resolution


This two day conference is an intensive First Look at the Stoa Team Policy Debate Resolution. Unlike a typical debate camp, there are no lectures on debate theory, no lab groups, and no practice rounds. The focus is on learning about the resolution. Our high class speakers provide this, from a variety of different perspectives, directly to students.

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Conference Details


October 9-10 (9am-3pm)


Online with opportunities for Q&A


$75 per family / $225 per club


$100 per family / $300 per club

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Speaker Lineup

On Military Policy

Ivan Eland, Ph.D.

Senior Fellow at Independent Institute

David Grantham, Ph.D.

Senior Fellow at Secure Free Society

Rebeccah Heinrichs

Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute

Doug Bandow - First Look 2018 Speaker

Doug Bandow, J.D.

Senior Fellow at Cato Institute

J.P. Feldmayer

U.S. Mission to NATO

Greg Rehmke - First Look 2017 Speaker

Gregory Rehmke

Program Director of Economic Thinking

Mike Winther - First Look 2017 Speaker

Mike Winther

President of the Institute for Principle Studies


Art Carden
Senior Fellow
Independent Institute

Ivan Eland

Ivan R. Eland is Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute and Director of the Independent Institute's Center on Peace & Liberty. Dr. Eland is a graduate of Iowa State University and received an M.B.A. in applied economics and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from George Washington University. He has been Director of Defense Policy Studies at the Cato Institute, and he spent 15 years working for Congress on national security issues, including stints as an investigator for the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Principal Defense Analyst at the Congressional Budget Office.

He also has served as Evaluator-in-Charge (national security and intelligence) for the U.S. General Accounting Office (now the Government Accountability Office), and has testified on the military and financial aspects of NATO expansion before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on CIA oversight before the House Government Reform Committee, and on the creation of the Department of Homeland Security before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Dr. Eland is the author of War and the Rogue Presidency: Restoring the Republic after Congressional Failure,Eleven Presidents: Promises vs. Results in Achieving Limited Government Partitioning for Peace: An Exit Strategy for Iraq, Recarving Rushmore: Ranking the Presidents on Peace, Prosperity, and Liberty, The Empire Has No Clothes: U.S. Foreign Policy Exposed and Putting “Defense”Back into U.S. Defense Policy, as well as The Efficacy of Economic Sanctions as a Foreign Policy Tool. He is a contributor to numerous volumes and the author of 45 in-depth studies on national security issues.

Art Carden
Senior Fellow
Secure Free Society

David Grantham

David A. Grantham, Ph.D. is an SFS Senior Fellow and leading expert in national security matters and international affairs. He is a nationally renowned intelligence professional, having served in various positions on the federal and local levels.

Dr. Grantham has also served as the Senior Fellow of National Security at the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) and, before that, as an officer in the United States Air Force and Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI).

Dr. Grantham holds a PhD from Texas Christian University with specializations in Latin America and Middle East history. He earned his Master of Science in International Relations from Troy University and Bachelor of Art in History from the University of South Florida in 2004.

Dr. Grantham is the author of Consequences: An Intelligence Officer’s War about his time at Camp Bucca, Iraq – the birthplace of ISIS – scheduled for release in the Summer of 2020.

Art Carden
Senior Fellow
Hudson Institute

Rebeccah Heinrichs

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute where she specializes in nuclear deterrence and missile defense.  Ms. Heinrichs serves as an adjunct professor at the Institute of World Politics where she teaches nuclear deterrence theory. She was tapped by the State Department’s U.S. Speaker Program to serve the American people by communicating with foreign audiences to foster greater understanding.

Ms. Heinrichs is a contributing editor of Providence: A Journal of Christianity and American Foreign Policy. She publishes frequently in leading political magazines and academic journals, and is a regular commentator on major cable news and radio programs.

Ms. Heinrichs served in the U.S. House of Representatives as an adviser to former Congressman Trent Franks, where she focused on matters related to the Strategic Forces Subcommittee of the Armed Services Committee. She was instrumental in starting the Bipartisan Missile Defense Caucus. Prior to her work on defense policy, she was on the oversight staff of the House Judiciary Committee.

Ms. Heinrichs earned her M.A. in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College, and graduated with highest distinction from its College of Naval Command and Staff, receiving the Director’s Award for academic excellence. She earned her B.A. in history and political science from Ashland University in Ohio and was an Ashbrook Scholar. She and her husband live in Virginia with their five children.

Art Carden
Senior Fellow
CATO Institute

Doug Bandow

Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, specializing in foreign policy and civil liberties. He worked as special assistant to President Ronald Reagan and editor of the political magazine Inquiry. He writes regularly for leading publications such as Fortune magazine, National Interest, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Times. Bandow speaks frequently at academic conferences, on college campuses, and to business groups. Bandow has been a regular commentator on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC.  He holds a JD from Stanford University.
Political Officer
U.S.  Mission to NATO

James Feldmayer

The U.S. Mission to NATO (USNATO) is the official representation of the United States of America to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It is located at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. USNATO represents U.S. foreign policy interests within the Alliance. Currently led by Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison, the mission is a diverse team of individuals representing numerous U.S. federal agencies.

James “JP” Feldmayer is a native of Philadelphia Pennsylvania.  He joined the State Department in January 2009.  JP manages the Afghanistan portfolio at the U.S. Mission to NATO in Brussels and previously served one year as USNATO’s Executive Officer.  His Foreign Service assignments include U.S. Embassy Kabul (2017-2018), U.S. Consulate Guangzhou (2015-2017), U.S. Embassy Jakarta (2012-2014), and U.S. Embassy Dhaka (2010-2011). 

Before joining the Department, JP served for 13 years in the United States Army.  After five years as a Mandarin linguist, he spent the remainder of his time in the army as a Special Forces Engineer Sergeant in the First Special Forces Group (Airborne), deploying in combat operations to the southern Philippines (2002) and eastern Afghanistan (2004-2005).  His awards and decorations include the Special Forces Tab, Bronze Star Medal, and Combat Infantry Badge. 

JP earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies and Foreign Language through Excelsior College while he was in the army.  He and his wife Jamene have six children. 

Program Director
Economic Thinking

Greg Rehmke

Economic Thinking Program Director, Gregory F. Rehmke, has directed educational programs for high school, homeschool, and college students for over 20 years. Mr Rehmke directed educational programs at the Center for the American Idea, The Reason Foundation and the Foundation for Economic Education.

Mr. Rehmke has a degree in Economics from the University of Washington and has worked with the Reason Foundation, the Institute for Humane Studies, the Center for the American Idea, and the Foundation for Economic Education.  Mr. Rehmke has published articles in The Freeman, Reason,, and the MasterResource blog. Mr. Rehmke is coauthor of the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Global Economics.

Art Carden
Founder & President
Institute for Principle Studies

Mike Winther

Michael R. Winther is the President of the Institute for Principle Studies and sits on the Board of Scholars at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.  He holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Idaho.  He leads tours of historical places and events on the East Coast where he teaches about the real foundations of America.  As a frequent speaker at conferences and conventions, Mr. Winther teaches government, economics, and history to audiences throughout the country.  Mr. Winther has written numerous articles and essays and frequently participates on radio broadcasts.

Mr. Winther also has an extensive background in forensics (debate).  He has participated in speech and debate activities as both coach and competitor and is the author of a textbook on rhetoric and academic debate.  He is a frequent speaker at debate camps and workshops and regularly presents at conferences for many speech and debate leagues across the country.

As a coach, Mr. Winther has coached a homeschool club for 20 years, competing in leagues such as the Home School Legal Defense Association, the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association, and Stoa USA Christian Homeschool Speech and Debate.  Mr. Winther and his wife, Mary, are the authors of the textbook titled, “Rhetoric Through Policy Debate.”