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post Feb 26 2018, 11:25 AM
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Does anyone know if USAD is planning on releasing its early information on the 2018-19 topic this Thursday, March 1, as they've done in other recent years? Usually they will have a notice on their web site stating that the topic theme and perhaps the book title will be released on a specific date, which again I know has been March 1 at least the last two years, but I don't see anything about that date on the site this year. Has anyone heard if March 1 is still the date this year? Thanks.
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post Feb 26 2018, 01:16 PM
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I've been told numerous times that they always release the preliminary information on March 1. I don't know why this year would be any different. I guess that we'll know for sure on Thursday! smile.gif
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post Feb 26 2018, 07:26 PM
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I've been told numerous times that they always release the preliminary information on March 1. I don't know why this year would be any different. I guess that we'll know for sure on Thursday! smile.gif

They posted on Facebook that it will be posted there at 9 AM central time on Thursday.
https://www.facebook.com/officialacademicde...318436848256994

My stupid prediction: the history of the 20th century as told by Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire."

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post Feb 26 2018, 07:44 PM
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Waiting for the topic to be released is literally more stressful than waiting for subjective scores.



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post Feb 26 2018, 07:59 PM
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Thanks for letting me know about the Facebook post. I had missed that earlier. I guess we can add our predictions to this thread. I'm hoping for one of the following:

The Sixties (my top wish list choice)
The Cold War (I'd be fine with that topic)
The Vietnam War (I'd rather have the Cold War, but it would be fine by itself) or
The Harlem Renaissance

I don't want a geographic location and am hoping it's not anything 200 years-or-older to keep the music, literature, art and economics a little more modern.
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post Feb 26 2018, 09:11 PM
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QUOTE (ridgepoinths @ Feb 26 2018, 01:59 PM) *
Thanks for letting me know about the Facebook post. I had missed that earlier. I guess we can add our predictions to this thread. I'm hoping for one of the following:

The Sixties (my top wish list choice)
The Cold War (I'd be fine with that topic)
The Vietnam War (I'd rather have the Cold War, but it would be fine by itself) or
The Harlem Renaissance

I don't want a geographic location and am hoping it's not anything 200 years-or-older to keep the music, literature, art and economics a little more modern.


Any of those would be great. I like Sixties and Harlem Renaissance the best but would take the others too. Good predictions.
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post Feb 26 2018, 10:44 PM
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QUOTE (ridgepoinths @ Feb 26 2018, 01:59 PM) *
The Sixties (my top wish list choice)
The Cold War (I'd be fine with that topic)
The Vietnam War (I'd rather have the Cold War, but it would be fine by itself) or
The Harlem Renaissance

Just for the record, We Didn't Start the Fire would cover three of those things.

But I'm hoping for what I hope for every year...the middle ages.
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post Feb 27 2018, 12:09 AM
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QUOTE (Dave C @ Feb 26 2018, 04:44 PM) *
QUOTE (ridgepoinths @ Feb 26 2018, 01:59 PM) *
The Sixties (my top wish list choice)
The Cold War (I'd be fine with that topic)
The Vietnam War (I'd rather have the Cold War, but it would be fine by itself) or
The Harlem Renaissance

Just for the record, We Didn't Start the Fire would cover three of those things.

But I'm hoping for what I hope for every year...the middle ages.


Well if you want We Didn't Start the Fire, you can always consider coaching a World Scholar's Cup team this year - that's one of the 25-or-so songs they need to study! biggrin.gif

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post Feb 27 2018, 01:28 AM
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They could even go to the Tang and Song era of China- the golden age of art and poetry and an economic boom. Maybe Vikings or Crusades or Rise of Islam, Native American societies of North America, Protestant Reformation, Mesopotamia or Persian Empires, Egypt, Colonial America, South Africa, Southeast Asia...
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post Feb 27 2018, 02:53 AM
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"South Africa"

plus the 2019-2020 topic of Cape Town cool.gif

Would be an interesting theme, though.

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post Feb 27 2018, 03:51 AM
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QUOTE (Stanley Tree @ Feb 27 2018, 02:28 AM) *
They could even go to the Tang and Song era of China- the golden age of art and poetry and an economic boom. Maybe Vikings or Crusades or Rise of Islam, Native American societies of North America, Protestant Reformation, Mesopotamia or Persian Empires, Egypt, Colonial America, South Africa, Southeast Asia...


Southeast Asia would be interesting but I'd probably spend half the social science resource pointing out historical inaccuracies. ("No, Singapore was not founded in 1819 just because the first white man landed here in that year")

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post Feb 27 2018, 02:23 PM
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I have been suggesting this topic for years: The Civil Rights Movement. C'mon, USAD. Let's make it a good one next year!

My favorites: Lewis & Clark Expedition, Great Depression, Civil War, WWI, WWII, and the French Revolution

My least favorites: Africa, China, Russia, India, Latin America, and new alternatives in energy (what were they thinking that year?!)

As you can tell, I prefer significant events and not geographical locations.
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post Feb 27 2018, 11:44 PM
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post Feb 28 2018, 04:24 PM
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QUOTE (zzzptm @ Feb 27 2018, 04:44 PM) *
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Secretly hoping for this
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post Feb 28 2018, 09:56 PM
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QUOTE (zzzptm @ Feb 27 2018, 05:44 PM) *
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So would the literature for this topic include Delaware jokes? Q- What did Delaware? A- A New Jersey (or perhaps there are other answers for that riddle as well...)
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post Mar 1 2018, 04:00 AM
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QUOTE (ridgepoinths @ Feb 28 2018, 04:56 PM) *
QUOTE (zzzptm @ Feb 27 2018, 05:44 PM) *
DEL-A-WARE!
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So would the literature for this topic include Delaware jokes? Q- What did Delaware? A- A New Jersey (or perhaps there are other answers for that riddle as well...)


Hey man, me and Nixonotis are serious about this! And I think I had the literature posted for this in my original thread on the topic, oh so many years ago... the science is Podiatry, that much I remember.


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post Mar 1 2018, 11:30 AM
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QUOTE (zzzptm @ Feb 28 2018, 10:00 PM) *
QUOTE (ridgepoinths @ Feb 28 2018, 04:56 PM) *
QUOTE (zzzptm @ Feb 27 2018, 05:44 PM) *
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So would the literature for this topic include Delaware jokes? Q- What did Delaware? A- A New Jersey (or perhaps there are other answers for that riddle as well...)


Hey man, me and Nixonotis are serious about this! And I think I had the literature posted for this in my original thread on the topic, oh so many years ago... the science is Podiatry, that much I remember.


Well maybe if your dreams are realized and this year or a future year's topic is indeed Delaware it can boost participation in that state. Does Delaware even compete in AcDec?
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post Mar 1 2018, 03:00 PM
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The U.S. Academic Decathlon® is excited to announce that the overall curricular theme
for 2018–2019 will be The 1960s: A Transformational Decade. Following is some
general information on the topics in each of the subject areas.

▪ SCIENCE: The science topic will be an introduction to laser technology and its
applications.

▪ LITERATURE: The literature curriculum will include critical reading, one long
work of literature, and selected shorter works. The long work of literature will be
the play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard.

▪ ART: The art curriculum will include a section on art fundamentals and will
largely focus on an introduction to the art of the 1960s.

▪ MUSIC: The music curriculum will provide an introduction to the music of the
1960s.

▪ SOCIAL SCIENCE: The social science curriculum will cover U.S. history in the
1960s.

▪ ECONOMICS: The economics curriculum will cover fundamental economic
concepts, microeconomics, and macroeconomics and will also include a thematic
section on the U.S. economy in the 1960s.

▪ MATHEMATICS: The mathematics curriculum will cover permutations and
combinations, algebra, and statistics.*
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post Mar 1 2018, 03:05 PM
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So I guess we get the Vietnam War AND the Civil Rights Movement! (Well, only partially, but still!)
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post Mar 1 2018, 03:07 PM
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My kids are pretty excited.
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