The Process

If you’re considering joining Philodemic, the first step is easy: just attend a debate! Whether you want to share your opinion or just listen to your fellow students, you are welcome in Healy 208 every Thursday at 8pm. There are three simple steps to becoming a Philodemician:

Three Non-Member Speeches: Starting at 9 o’clock during weekly debates, fifteen minutes are set aside for non-member speaking time. To become a member, you must give three speeches in the course of a semester (or four if the speeches span multiple semesters).  You are more likely to be called on if you attend debates regularly and express a commitment to the Society.

Speakers’ Workshop: Beyond the speech requirement, a prospective member must also attend a Speakers’ Workshop. These weekly workshops focus on improving all aspects of public speaking. This is a great venue to practice crafting an argument and giving a speech. The workshop will also prepare you to keynote your first debate as a member.

Induction Keynote: The final step of becoming a member of Philodemic is the induction debate. At this debate, two non-members deliver opening and closing keynotes alongside members of the Society. Your mentor will help you prepare for your induction. First keynotes always enliven the Society, so you are welcome to invite your friends or family. After the debate, you will take the oath of membership in an induction ceremony and the president will declare you an official member of the Philodemic Society!