Event: C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest
Date and time: Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m.
Location: Goshen College Umble Center
Cost: Free and open to the public
Four Goshen College students will present speeches during the 2019 C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest on Tuesday, Feb. 12. The annual event will take place at 7 p.m. in the Umble Center and is free and open to the public.
This year’s participants and their topics are:
• Ronit Goswami, a first-year exercise science major from Goshen, will deliver a speech titled “Interfaith Exploration and Learning.”
• Mandira Panta, a senior sustainability studies major from Bhaktapur, Nepal, will deliver a speech titled “Why Climate Change?”
• Emily Stoltzfus, a senior social work major from Goshen, will deliver a speech titled “Getting the Words Right: Rethinking our Measures of Education.”
• Deborah Tshidimu, a senior nursing major from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, will deliver a speech titled “The Human in Me: How MJ Shaped the Heart of a Congolese Girl.”
The participants will deliver 8- to 10-minute speeches on topics of their choosing that relate to peace. The speeches will be judged on originality, integration of the topic and a peace position, and general standards of delivery. Refreshments will be provided while the judges deliberate.
The C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest is a U.S./Canada Mennonite Central Committee-sponsored event. Participants compete for cash prizes provided by the trust of C. Henry Smith, a Mennonite historian and professor at Goshen and Bluffton (Ohio) colleges. The purpose of the contest is to give students the opportunity to become involved with the cause for peace and develop rhetorical skills.
Speech contests have been a tradition at Goshen College since the early 1900s. The C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest provides the opportunity for the campus community to hear about contemporary peace issues. For an archive of past winners, visit www.goshen.edu/academics/communication/annual-peace-oratorical-contest