Finalists to compete in Civic Engagement Public Speaking Contest

April 11, 2013

Penn State's Department of Communication Arts and Sciences and The Center for Democratic Deliberation are sponsoring the final round of the semi-annual Civic Engagement Public Speaking Contest at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 22, in 110 Business Building on the University Park campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Six of the top speakers from this semester’s CAS 100A course "Effective Speech" will speak on issues of civic importance for a public audience and panel of esteemed judges. The topics and speakers for this final round will be revealed on Monday night.

This competitive event is held at the end of every semester to recognize the best public speakers in the course CAS 100A, who have been chosen by their own classmates as candidates to enter the contest. Winners will be awarded cash prizes from The New York Times and Pearson Learning Solutions at a reception immediately following the event.

Judges for spring semester include Richard Biever, artistic/executive director, State Theatre; Dr. Curtis Swagler, University Health Center; Christine Patterson, New York Times, and Jeff Goldman, Pearson Learning Solutions.

The finale speakers will be selected by panels of CAS 100A instructors during the preliminary and second rounds of the contest on April 15.

Previous speakers have addressed such issues as: child soldiers’ rehabilitation; how individuals can impact recycling in their community; anabolic steroid use; depression as disease; disabilities and workers’ rights; social networking and privacy; modern slavery; puppy mills; fraud in for-profit schools; football head injuries; domestic violence; stopping the Adderall advantage; improving special education; hazing and bullying; and marriage and equality.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences, the Center for Democratic Deliberation, The New York Times, and Pearson. For more information, contact Holly Gates at 

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Last Updated April 15, 2013