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Public Advocacy Contest Panel

Presenters at the Public Advocacy Contest

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Public Advocacy Contest Winners

Public Advocacy Contest winners

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Public Advocacy Contest

Statue of James Madison on the JMU campus

"Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives." James Madison

Every semester, the Communication Center sponsors a public advocacy contest. Rather than being a traditional public speaking contest, the public advocacy contests encourages the engaged learning, civic engagement and public advocacy that would make James Madison proud.

The Fall 2015 Public Advocacy Contest is being sponsored by the Communication Center and University Health Center. All undergraduate students are eligible to enter and will be asked to answer the question "How can you use ethical reasoning to improve your health and wellness? Participating students may win some of the $200 prizes, including $100 for first place. Finalists will present their speeches in front of a public audience, including expert panelists to determine the winning speeches. The final showcase will take place Thursday November 12, 2015 at 6pm in the Madison Union Ballroom.