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Dartmouth Students Compete in Historic Speech Contest

The Institute for Writing and Rhetoric is pleased to announce that the Benjamin F. Barge and Class of 1866 Prizes for Oratory speech contest was held on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at 4:30 pm in the Treasure Room (Baker Library). A reception and award presentation followed in the Ferguson Room (Baker Library Room 206).

 Eight Dartmouth students presented original persuasive speeches to a public audience and a panel of judges. At the conclusion of the event, Balt von Huene ‘19 was awarded the Benjamin F. Barge Prize for Oratory for his speech, “Lust of Possession.” Peter Charalambous ’20 received one of the Class of 1866 Prizes for Oratory for his speech, “Counteracting the Negative State of News,” and William Synnott ’21 was awarded a Class of 1866 Prize for Oratory after delivering his speech, titled, “The Costs of Criminalizing.”

Speech Program Wins National Award

We are delighted to announce that Dartmouth College's Speech program received the NCA's Rex Mix award this year. Each year the National Communication Association awards the Rex Mix Program of Excellence Award to the nation's "top undergraduate communication program." Nominated programs are evaluated for excellence in curriculum, program quality, course design, and special programs. We are delighted to announce that Dartmouth College's Speech program received the NCA's Rex Mix award this year.

The award is a welcome recognition for the program's recent advancements. Helmed by professors Josh Compton, Darlene K. Drummond, and Svetlana Grushina, the Speech program at Dartmouth has undergone something of a renaissance over the past ten years. In 2008, the program offered only three courses; since that time the curriculum has increased more than fourfold and now includes cutting-edge classes in health communication, sustainablity rhetoric, credibility, new media, political humor, and social justice. Despite its modest size and origins, the program now enjoys a remarkable popularity and exercises potent influence on Dartmouth's campus and the surrounding community.

Dartmouth Students Compete in Historic Speech Contest

The Institute for Writing and Rhetoric is pleased to announce that the Benjamin F. Barge and Class of 1866 Prizes for Oratory speech contest was held on Thursday, May 18, 2017, at 4:30 pm in the Treasure Room (Baker Library). A reception and award presentation followed in the Ferguson Room (Baker Library Room 206).
 
Eight Dartmouth students presented original persuasive speeches to a public audience and a panel of judges. At the conclusion of the event, Titus Kabega '17 was awarded the Benjamin F. Barge Prize for Oratory, and Jonathan Lu ‘19 and Morgan Corley ‘18 each received Class of 1866 Prizes for Oratory.
 

 

New Course Offerings this Spring

This spring the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric will offer five new courses in writing and speech. Several of the courses will be taught by our new faculty members.

Speech 37, Health Communication

Professor Darlene Drummond will teach a new Speech course this spring entitled Health Communication. The course is designed to provide a broad overview of health communication, a field that studies how communication strategies inform and influence individual decisions that affect health. In particular, the course examines the problem of ineffective communication in a health care context—moments when interactions between health care professionals and patients lead to miscommunication, insensitivity and even dehumanization. These moments of failed communication often result in dire consequences when prescribed medical regimens are not followed. 

Welcome, New Faculty

The Institute for Writing and Rhetoric gains five new faculty members this year: Richard Abel (Lecturer in Writing), Svetlana (Yana) Grushina (Lecturer in Speech), Sarah Bartos Smith (Lecturer in Writing), Steven Thompson (Lecturer in Writing), and Nicholas B. Van Kley (Lecturer in Writing and Interim Director of RWIT).

To help introduce them to our faculty and the College, we've asked them to answer a few brief questions.