The Philodemic Society has so much to offer anyone who would like to become a member. By the time you become a member of the Philodemic Society you will have undoubtedly made dozens of new friends, improved your public speaking skills, felt like a part of something more, contributed to important dialogues, thought outside of the box, learned from your peers, laughed a lot, made mistakes, learned from those mistakes, and much more. After your induction you will proudly claim your status as a Philodemician, as you will know what it truly means to be one.
If you want to join us, your first step is easy: just come to a debate! See how things work, listen to your fellow students speak, and when you have something to say, raise your hand.
Since seniority determines speaking order, non-members don’t usually have the opportunity to speak during regular time, but have no fear; the president always sets aside fifteen minutes at 9 o’clock for non-member speeches. To become a member, you must give three of these speeches during the semester (or four if the speeches span multiple semesters). You are more likely to be called on if you attend debates regularly and are properly dressed in business attire (see our dresscode for more information under the “About” tab).
Beyond the speech requirement, a potential member must also attend a Speaker’s Workshop. The workshops deal with all aspects of good debating, and will help prepare you for your induction debate, which is the final step required to become a member of the Society.
At an induction speech, two non-members who have fulfilled the requirements listed above deliver the opening and closing remarks for a debate. Inductions always enliven the Society, so we recommend that students invite their family and friends. They will have the opportunity to watch you deliver a keynote address and see how you have grown in rhetoric, logic, and eloquence. After you deliver your closing keynote and take the oath of membership, the president will declare you inducted into the Society!
If you attend debates regularly and give a few speeches, you will be assigned a mentor to guide you through the process of joining Philodemic. Mentors are senior members of the Society who coach prospective Philodemicians in speaking and argumentation, but more importantly, your mentor is there to welcome you into the Philodemic community and introduce you to the friendship and camaraderie that we hold dear. For many, a mentor is much more than a speaking coach and becomes a lifelong friend.
We hope to see you at the debates!
If you have any questions about membership and mentorship, contact Rachel Greene email@example.com
If you are interested in the Society and would like to give us your information, please fill out the form below and one of our officers will reach out to you.