School of the Arts

Speech Night Tradition Continues at IU South Bend

public speaking studentTop public speaking students represent their
class at Speech Night each semester

The Public Speaking program at the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts at Indiana University South Bend is preparing for their presentation of Speech Night.  Speech Night is a long standing tradition at the university that includes three preliminary round events followed by Speech Night Finals.  All events take place in Northside’s Recital Hall and admission is free.

Speech Night, an end of the semester event showcasing the best of Public Speaking at IU South Bend, is a tradition begun in 1982.  Every semester one student is selected from each discussion section of S121, Public Speaking, to present his or her Persuasive Speech in a Preliminary Round.  Two students are chosen from each Preliminary Round to present their speeches at Speech Night Finals.  All students who participate in either a Preliminary Round, or Speech Night Finals, as a master of ceremonies, timekeeper, or usher are currently enrolled in an S121 Public Speaking class.  Public Speaking is a course dedicated to understanding the relationship between speaker and listener in creating communication.

Speech Night Finals will be a special evening featuring the winning speakers from the preliminary rounds, guest speakers from within the S121 program, as well as guest judges from the community.  This spring the judges will be people who use public communication often in their careers and who also relate to our campus theme “the meaning of work.”

Admission to Speech Night, both preliminary and final rounds, is free, however tickets are required.  Tickets may be picked up from the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts Box Office, 574.520.4203. 

Speech Night
Preliminary Rounds
4 pm Monday, April 18
2:30 pm Tuesday, April 19
7 pm Wednesday, April 20
Final Round
7 pm Monday, April 25
Northside Recital Hall
Free Admission, Tickets Required