PNC Hyde Park Forum to be April 15, 2015

PNCThe 32nd Purdue University North Central Hyde Park Forum Public Speaking Contest will be Wednesday, April 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. Admission is free and open to the public.

The Hyde Park Forum winners will meet in a Speak-Off competition on April 17 at noon in Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. Speak-Off winners will earn monetary prizes - $200 for 1st place; $100 for 2nd place and $50 for 3rd place.

The annual Hyde Park Forum is a fun and challenging annual speaking event open to all PNC students who will present their thoughts on a variety of subjects. Many of the speakers will be students in the PNC Communication 114 class. The speeches are thought-provoking, insightful and often present new or differing points of view to the listeners. Topics range from commentary on current news, observations of the social or cultural climate or a subject of interest to the speaker. The speeches will be rated by a panel of judges.

Following the presentation of the speeches, participants and guests will enjoy an award ceremony in which all speakers are recognized.

The Hyde Park Forum and Speak-Off are sponsored by the PNC Department of Communication. Additional sponsors are still being sought.

The concept for the Hyde Park Forum is loosely based on London’s Hyde Park, a public park known as a gathering place for speakers who wish to state their minds. Hyde Park has gained prominence as a reference to freedom of speech and intriguing speaking. The PNC Hyde Park Forum offers a similar opportunity for students to stand and deliver their messages to a group of interested listeners. The Hyde Park Forum continues to be a source of encouragement for speakers of all ages at PNC.

The deadline for entries is April 10. Students may register at Further information about the Hyde Park Forum, can be obtained by contacting Dr. Daniel Wilbur, associate professor of Communication at 219-785-5472 or by visiting Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Wilbur.