Developing Eloquence in Defense of Liberty
Article 1 of our Constitution notes that the Society “professes to hold as the primary objects of its cultivation Eloquence and Liberty.” With this forming principle in mind, the Philodemic undertakes significant initiatives to promote rhetorical growth and educate members, nonmembers, and the greater Georgetown community on eloquence in the defense of liberty.
Out of this has come our Speakers’ Workshop initiative, designed to give both members and non-members alike more speaking time outside of the Philodemic Room. At these workshops, specific rhetorical skills are practiced and honed.
The workshops are open to all members of the Georgetown community, and are held periodically throughout each semester. Speakers’ workshops give everyone involved the chance to learn about principles of rhetoric and public speaking from senior members of the society and to practice their skills with their peers. Attendance at at least one workshop is also a requirement for consideration for membership.
To prepare for the workshops, and to improve speaking in general, please refer to our Speaker’s Compendium for some speaking tools and tips.