Barnard Speaking Fellows are hosting Barnard's SpeechFest! SpeechFest celebrates various forms, styles, and linguistic choices used when speaking in public. Participating students have a platform to advocate for issues or share stories with their peers, faculty, staff and members of the larger community.
Speakers will participate in two categories, persuasive advocacy (competitive) and creative (non-competitive), with about ten participants in each category. Each participant will receive a small prize, and the winner of the advocacy category will be awarded a significant cash prize, too.
Advocacy: 5 minutes, prepared in advance, with a proposal and a call to action; all participants will have the opportunity to meet with a Speaking Fellow for a one-hour conference prior to the contest.
Creative: 3 minutes, an opportunity to express the free range of what speech can entail. Examples can include but are NOT limited to: poetry, monologues, comedy (sketch/stand-up/improv), storytelling, etc.