Meetings are held every Thursday at 7 p.m. 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.
The All Night Meeting
Every year we celebrate our founding by holding an All Night Meeting on the Saturday closest to February 19.
This year’s All Night Meeting will be held Saturday, February 16th, 2019 at 7 p.m. All alumni are welcome to join us as we celebrate the 215th anniversary of the University of Georgia’s oldest student organization.
The Intersociety Debate
Each spring the Demosthenian Literary Society and the Phi Kappa Literary Society hold a debate to highlight the oratory skills of the societies’ best speakers.
The debate is held in the Hatton-Lovejoy courtroom at the Law School on North Campus. The judges are professors from the University of Georgia and are selected by having their names drawn from a hat using a negotiated list approved by both societies.
Orations and Declamations
Once a year a meeting is dedicated to original orations and famous, or not-so-famous, declamations. The meeting takes place in two parts: Orations and Declamations. The events are considered a competition with the winner of each event winning a speaker’s point. The competition is judged by the members of the Judicial Council. The competition normally takes place in early April.
The Hat Debate
The Hat Debate is an annual tradition that occurs every meeting closest to Halloween. Members and guests are called up one by one to pull a random resolution out of a hat and then immediately give a presenting speech in the affirmative. Participants are given five minutes to make a case for the resolution and must present the resolution they pull from the hat. These resolutions are often of a humorous nature but may cover any and all topics.
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