An Excursion to Georgia — Looking Back

Looking back on the visit, Demosthenians also had some memories to share. Two Demosthenian officers, upon interviewed, remarked on Philodemicians’ eloquence and Catholic identity that left them a deep impression during the Alumni Debates:

  • Chief Justice Mr. Katlyn Firkus: The Philodemicians were exceptionally fun to spend time with. They were quite eloquent behind the podium, particularly during the alumni debate. I also very much enjoyed speaking with the President of the Philodemic Society. We spoke about the Inter-Society Debate at UGA and Kai-Yai-Yai ball in Georgetown with Senior Philodemicians competing in a similar fashion. Our societies seemed to mesh very well in terms of the value we place on both the quality of our rhetoric and the quality of our recreation.
  • Secretary Ms. Jessie Austin: As Secretary for the Demosthenians, I was able to watch as all of you enjoyed our debate! The most obvious memorable moment was at the end of our resolution: Be it Resolved- That God is. All of the Georgetown Philodemicians formed a voting block and all voted for the affirmative. (Though I have to acknowledge that there are indeed a few dissenters.)

Our excursion to Georgia brought about much friendship and goodwill between both Societies, testifying to the value of intercollegiate correspondence. According to Corresponding Secretary Mr. Harden, it was a rare opportunity to escape the Georgetown bubble and examine our own traditions in light of others’:

Corresponding with other societies is one of the most important functions of the Philodemic Society. It is really easy to be absorbed into the Georgetown bubble, but travelling to other societies and universities helps to erode that. For one, actually travelling to other societies is a great way to make new friends. Secondly, we learn so much about ourselves and our society when we go to visit other universities. Throughout the Georgia trip, we experienced the traditions and the culture of the Demosthenians, which helped us to better understand ourselves.

Echoing this view, Chief Justice Mr. Katlyn Firkus of the Demosthenian Literary Society observed both Societies’ shared value in fostering eloquence:

The value of corresponding with other societies lies within preserving the art and the passion for speaking. Diversity in any subject is important, and as keepers of unique styles of debate we have much to learn from one another. Beyond that, however, we have the privilege of reinvigorating our love of proper speech. Whenever there is doubt as to whether or not our society can sustain itself for years to come, we know that there are other, similar societies, a sign of hope that the well of talent in all collegiate students will not run dry. It’s a comfort to know that we are unique in style, but not in interest.


Xinlan Hu

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