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"Forensics" is a word rooted in the Western world's classical experience. 

The Greeks organized contests for speakers that developed and recognized the abilities their society felt central to democracy.  These exercises acquired the title "forensics," derived from the Latin term ensis and closely related to the forum. 

Because the training in this skill of public advocacy, including the development of evidence, found one of its important venues in the law courts, the term "forensic" has also become associated with the art and science of legal evidence and argument.  The Oregon State Forensics Team researches and trains in the earlier and more global skills of argument and public advocacy.

We continue to seek greater understanding of the history and practice of reasoned discourse as a sound basis for public involvement.

We invite you to work your way through our website to see the many activities that our team members pursue in the service of improving the quality of public advocacy not just for themselves, but also for society.