SPEAKING FELLOWS' FIRST ANNUAL CICERO SPEECH CONTEST
Held Lecture Hall (third floor of Barnard Hall)
The goal of this contest is to promote the speaking culture at Barnard where speaking is seen as a form of intellectual expression and a powerful tool for advocacy; where speaking well is valued, evaluated and rewarded; and where students use opportunities like this to speak up about something that matters and affect real change.
Only Barnard students may participate as contestants, but all are welcome to attend as audience members.
There will be two speech categories: persuasive advocacy (5-6 minutes) and impromptu (3-4 minutes). See below for descriptions of each speech category and general guidelines.
Judging panels will consist of professors and alumnae. There will be a prize for each category, described below.
To enter the contest, please submit an online Participant Questionnaire.
Prizes: $100 (1st place), $50 (2nd place)
A speech in this category aims to change an audience action and behavior. It has a specific call to action, and a specific plan of how to change the status quo (a clear claim with a desired outcome).
Please indicate your tentative topic in the sign-up questionnaire. We will ask for the final topic description a week before the contest.
Time limit: 5-6 minutes
This category will be judged on who gives the most convincing reasoning for the change of status quo, offers the most cogent arguments, has the best, most workable plan for action and relates it to the audience most effectively.
Prizes: $50 (1st place), $25 (2nd place)
Students will receive a prompt and will have 30 minutes to prepare a speech.
Time limit: 3-4 minutes
This category will be judged on who treats the topic in the most original way and on how evocative, entertaining, persuasive, and/or surprising the speeches are.
- No reading while delivering speeches; only bare outlines are acceptable.
- Humor is encouraged, but no profanity. Language should be appropriate to the audience.
- An audience vote will matter in the outcome.
- Each category is limited to 10 contestants on a first-come, first-serve basis, but there will be an unlimited waiting list.