Students Bring Great Speeches to Life

Similar to the movie “Night at the Museum,” great speeches from 20th century history will come to life Dec. 8 in the Barnett Hall atrium.
Approximately 20 students from the COMM 270 class will be portraying speakers in a program scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m. At any given point, about half of the students will be in character sharing their speeches.

The speeches will portray Midwestern speakers from the Top 100 Great Speeches of the 20th Century, available online at

Members of the public are invited to explore the “museum” at their own pace. Each presentation is expected to last approximately five minutes. Students will share brief insights about the speakers and the rhetorical situation in addition to performing excerpts from the speeches.  

Light refreshments will be served at the event. Those attending are encouraged to vote for the best portrayal based on dress and delivery of quotes, as well as understanding of speaker, rhetorical situation and rhetorical splendor.

This event is sponsored by the Communication Club (NCASC) and Toastmasters International.  NCASC is committed to enriching the lives of undergraduate communication majors and minors by promoting the study and application of communication principles through educational and social functions. Toastmasters International is open to all students, regardless of major, as well as members of the community interested in improving speechmaking.    

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