The annual C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest, established in 1974 by the directors of the C. Henry Smith Trust, offers students an opportunity to discuss peacebuilding and social justice issues on campus. The intercollegiate competition is administered by the Peace and Justice Ministries of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). Undergraduate students from every Mennonite and Brethren in Christ college in North America are eligible to participate.

 C. Henry Smith was an American Mennonite historian and professor at Mennonite colleges and the University of Chicago. Overall, he taught history for nearly 50 years at the collegiate level. He is well-known for his numerous books on Mennonite history and his particular attention to the peace commitments of the Mennonite tradition.

All currently enrolled Messiah College students are eligible to submit speeches for
consideration in the C. Henry Smith Oratorical Contest.

First Place: 300*
Second Place: $200
Third Place: $100

*A videotape of the winning oration will by forwarded to the Mennonite Central Committee
where it will compete with winning orations from other Mennonite and Brethren in Christ
Colleges for additional cash awards and scholarship money. For more details, contact
Victoria Falkner at [vf1159@messiah.edu] and request the C. Henry Smith Oratorical

Contest Guidelines.

1. The oration should be on the general theme of the application of the Christian peace
  position to contemporary concerns (e.g. The environment, homelessness, gender
  issues, poverty, militarism, human rights, etc) and students of all disciplines are
  encouraged to develop speeches relating to their particular academic interests.
2. The oration may have a maximum of 1500 words and up to 10% may be quoted
3. Students who wish to participate should send a written copy of their speech to
  peacestudies@messiah.edu by March 30th, 2012
4. All submissions will be prescreened and students with the most compelling written
  speeches will receive an email inviting them to present their speeches orally in the
  contest on April 11th.

5. Finalists will be notified by April 4th in order to give ample time to prepare for the final speech session on April 11th at 7 pm in Kline 120

The contest is cosponsored by Mennonite Central Committee and the Messiah College's
Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) Program. For more information, contact Anne Marie
Stoner-Eby at amstonereby@messiah.edu