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CAS Department hosts Civic Engagement Public Speaking Contest: Winner, runners up, and honorable mentions announced

The Civic Engagement Public Speaking Contest went online and premiered Thursday evening at 7:30. Kudos to CAS PhD student Jeff Nagel for organizing and shepherding a novel and outstanding rendition of the contest. CAS 100 Director Michael Steudeman, Assistant Professor of CAS, did a terrific job hosting the virtual event. Thanks also to all of the instructors in CAS 100 and the faculty who served as judges throughout the multi-round contest. Special thanks to the judges for the finals: esteemed CAS Alumni Nancy Metzger and Barbara Cohen; Abe Khan, Assistant Professor of African American Studies and CAS; and Jen Shook, Assistant Teaching Professor of CAS.

Congratulations to our winner: Hannah Grzybowski, and her instructor CAS PhD student  Yuwei Li. Hannah’s presentation, "Implicit Bias at Penn State: How We Can Create a More Welcoming Environment," argued for incorporating teaching about implicit biases into Penn State classes for first year students. The two runners up (in an unbreakable tie for second place) were Catherine Bennis, instructed by Robin Kramer, who argued for better regulation of tampons and disclosure of the chemicals used on them, and Lauren Willett, instructed by Taylor Lake, who outlined the need for a carbon tax to address anthropogenic climate change. Honorable mentions went to Jeremy Schooler, instructed by Brad Serber, Christopher Long, instructed by Dave Dzikowski, and Gabriel Goncalves, instructed by Lori Schneider.

The final round may be viewed in full here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1-qIuk-YRg

The photos show Hannah giving her speech, Michael Steudeman hosting the contest, and Brad Serber introducing his student alongside the simultaneous twitter feed.