Meetings are held every Thursday at 7pm while classes are in session. We meet in Demosthenian Hall, which is located on North Campus between the Chapel and Holmes-Hunter building. During our meetings, we abide by Robert’s Rules of Order.
All Night Meeting
On the Saturday that falls closest to the anniversary of the Society’s founding, the All Night Meeting is hosted at Demosthenian Hall. The All Night Meeting lasts for twelve hours, from 7pm Saturday to 7am Sunday. Dinner is served and then the meeting opens with guest keynote speakers; the meeting then continues with debate among current members, guests, and alumni of the Society throughout the night and into the morning. Each year at the All Night Meeting, current members are recognized for their service and devotion to the Society by being awarded with Speaker’s Keys.
The 2020 Demosthenian All Night Meeting will be held on February 22, 2020 at 7pm in Demosthenian Hall.
Each spring, the Demosthenian and the Phi Kappa Literary Societies hold a debate to highlight the oratory skills of the societies’ best speakers. Due to a change in society relations, the Society will be debating the Georgia Debate Union in 2020. Debate is usually held in the Hatton-Lovejoy courtroom at the University of Georgia School of Law. Judges are randomly selected for the debate from a pool of nominations submitted by members of both societies.
Orations and Declamations
Once a year in early April, the Society hosts a program dedicated to presenting orations and declamations, speeches that are originally written by the presenter and those not written by the presenter, respectively. Members may compete in each category of prepared speech for an award of one speaker’s point. The Judicial Council judges the orations and declamations and declares the winners at the following meeting.
Starting in 1995, the Thursday closest to Halloween has been designated as the date that the Demosthenian Literary Society hosts the annual Hat Debate. Members submit resolutions (usually of a humorous nature) and challenges (certain tasks people must complete during their speeches) before the program that are then put in a hat to be drawn from. Participants are called up one-by-one to the lecturn, pull out a resolution and/or challenge, and then must immediately present a speech in the affirmative while completing the drawn challenge.
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