September 13, 2013
Last night I had the privilege of speaking to the Demosthenian Literary Society, a debating society established at UGA in 1803 and dedicated to fostering the art of extemporaneous speaking. Meetings follow Robert’s Rules of Order and resolutions are offered on matters of public and social importance, with a healthy dose of humor leavening the atmosphere. As I was faculty advisor to the Society in my previous time at UGA, it was a delightful opportunity to reconnect with one of our most outstanding and longstanding student-led organizations on campus. I encourage anyone passing the Hall on North Campus to stop in to see the historic library and upper chamber. I look forward to visiting with Phi Kappa as well—the debating society across the lawn from the Demosthenians, which has been debating current issues since 1820. I thank Asher Rivner, former President of the Demosthenian Society and SPIA Alumnus, for introducing me to the organization when he was a student here in the late nineties. The photo here is of the President (Monty Lucco), Vice President (Kaitlyn Beck), and Secretary (Narke Norton) seated behind the lectern last night.
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