The Speaking Fellows are specially trained Barnard students who work with speaking-intensive courses and other academically centered programs, helping students improve their presentation and class discussion skills. The program requires Speaking Fellows to be among Barnard’s best public speakers, and to have strong leadership and teaching abilities. We aim to cultivate and empower the “speaking culture” at Barnard by teaching students to be reflective about what they say and how they say it.
Learn about the Speaking Fellows' Annual Cicero Speech Contest, first held in Fall, 2013. This Fall's Cicero Speech Contest will be on Thursday, November 13th, at 6PM in Barnard Hall's James Room. To enter the contest, please submit an online Participant Questionnaire by October 12th.
Watch this short video to learn more about what the Speaking Fellows do:
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The Speaking Center is now open for the Fall, 2014 semester.
What students say:
“I definitely feel so much more confident in my public speaking skills.”
“I feel like this is helping me with life. Even when I’m not presenting, I think, ‘Am I being powerful right now?’”
“The Fellow was insightful, engaging, and fun. She made the two hours fly by.”
“I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed it so much. Even though I consider myself a good speaker, I definitely learned a lot.”