The 32nd Purdue University Northwest Hyde Park Forum Public Speaking Contest will be presented on the North Central campus on Wednesday, April 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. Admission is free and open to the public.
The Hyde Park Forum winners will meet in a Speak-Off competition on April 15 at 1 p.m. in Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. Speak-Off winners will earn monetary prizes – $250 for 1st place; $150 for 2nd place; $75 for third place and $50 for 4th place.
The annual Hyde Park Forum is a fun and challenging annual speaking event open to all PNC students who will present their thoughts on a variety of subjects. Many of the speakers will be students in the PNC Communication 114 class. The speeches are thought-provoking, insightful and often present new or differing points of view to the listeners. Topics range from commentary on current news, observations of the social or cultural climate or a subject of interest to the speaker.
The deadline for entering is April 8. Each speaker will be assigned a classroom. Eight to 10 speakers will be in each room. The speakers will give a short, persuasive speech, followed by up to two minutes of questions from the audience.
The speeches will be rated by a panel of judges. Participants and guests will enjoy an award ceremony in which all speakers are recognized and plaques will be presented to the first, second and third place winners from each room.
The Hyde Park Forum and Speak-Off are sponsored by the Department of Communication. Additional sponsors are still being sought.
The concept for the Hyde Park Forum is loosely based on London’s Hyde Park, a public park known as a gathering place for speakers who wish to state their minds. Hyde Park has gained prominence as a reference to freedom of speech and intriguing speaking. The Hyde Park Forum Public Speaking Contest offers a similar opportunity for students to stand and deliver their messages to a group of interested listeners.
Further information about the Hyde Park Forum, can be obtained by contacting Dr. Daniel Wilbur, associate professor of Communication at 219-785-5472 or by visiting http://www.pnc.edu/com/hydepark/. To request a disability-related accommodation for this event, contact Wilbur.