Throughout April, Marian University Speech Team and the Justice League, Marian University’s peace and justice club, are hosting the second annual “Speakers of Change: Performances for Peace”, a three-part event where speech team members from Marian University and Ball State University perform their competition speeches. Each speech deals directly with a social justice issue. Prior to the presentations, audience members will be invited to dialogue about the topic presented.
“I think that the messages we advocate for should go beyond speech competition and actually raise awareness in our community and start discussions,” said senior Cora Harrison, a member of the speech team. Harrison originally came up with the idea for a speaker’s series that brings together the speech team and the peace and justice studies department.
“I first joined the speech team because, as a member, I got to advocate for social justice issues. The idea came from the desire to talk about the topics we speak about at speech competitions. Unlike speech competitions, the Speakers of Change series is more about the discussions than the performances themselves,” said Harrison.
On Tuesday, April 1, students performed speeches about women’s issues. Junior Alecia Kissel gave a poetry presentation on female misogyny and senior Dante Furturo gave a poetry piece on men’s place in rape culture.
On Tuesday, April 8, student speakers will present poetry, prose, and dramatic interpretation on issues of ableism, including Dwarfism, ADHD, and Down Syndrome.
At the final event on Tuesday, April 15, student speakers will present dramatic interpretation, poetry, and prose pieces on the struggle to find identity in society.
Each event will happen at 7 p.m. at the Dorothy Day House, an intentional living community for female students interested in peace and justice studies.