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Comm majors hold World Speech Day event

March 24, 2017

Cristian Corbett / The Courier - Pictured left to right: Cole Downey, Nick Stevens, Andrea Correa, Rachel Masch, Andrea Los, Destiney Mitchell, Jamar Jones hosting the event.

The seniors of Lori Walters-Kramer’s COMM-491 “Freedom of Expression” capstone class held a campus-wide streaming event in honor of World Speech Day on March 15, 2017. The event featured various students and faculty expressing their thoughts, using the power of free speech to be streamed with other WSD events around the world.

“I believe a capstone class should offer students opportunities to showcase the knowledge and skills they’ve developed in their Communication Studies courses while also presenting them with information or experiences that are new,” said Walters-Kramer. “I like to get the students engaged in the class so I also want the students to have a chance to work together on a meaningful project that reinforces course material and is also visible to others. I really appreciate the goal of highlighting voices that are usually not recorded, shared, or received by a wide audience.”

Last year, students in the capstone class delivered presentations about the “power of your voice” to sixth grade students at Central Intermediate School.

Students gathered in the Highlander Room on the second floor of the Stockdale Center to recite their favorite poems and works of their own in front of a live streaming camera to express the power of free speech. Many schools around the country participated in the event as well.

“This is an important event for Monmouth students because it reminds us that we have a voice,” said senior Andrea Correa. “What’s interesting is that we have a day that recognizes it, but we should recognize it every day. Regardless, it’s great to have a day to honor our freedom of speech.”

The theme of this year’s World Speech Day was “Thoughts for a Better World.” With this campus-wide streaming event, the class hopes to inspire students on campus to express frustrations as well as ideas about how to forge ahead to construct a better world.

Cristian Corbett
Co-Editor in Chief

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