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Intercollegiate Forensics is an educational and analytical competitive activity primarily concerned with using an informative, argumentative, and/or interpretive perspective in examining the world of reality and that of literature and then communicating this perspective to an audience. Through competition, feedback concerning educational performance is attained. This is much like a grade as an indication of academic achievement in the classroom. Thus, an important conceptual outcome of forensics education is the improvement of communicative abilities through intercollegiate competition.
Intercollegiate Forensics offers analytical, research, and delivery skills in a wide variety of speech and interpretive events. These include Informative Speaking, Oration (Persuasion), After Dinner Speaking, Rhetorical Criticism, Poetry Interpretation, Prose Interpretation, Interpretation of Drama, Extemporaneous Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, and Duo Interpretation. At Wayne State College, Intercollegiate Forensics may be taken for 1 or 2 credit hours. NIFA (Nebraska Intercollegiate Forensics Association) sanctioned events:
Contestant will present a selection or selections of poetry that may be drawn from one or more sources. Play cuttings are prohibited. Use of manuscript required. Maximum time limit is 10 minutes including introduction/transitions.
Contestant will present an original, factual speech by the student on a realistic subject to fulfill the general aim to inform the audience. Audio-visual aids may be used to supplement and reinforce the message. Multiple sources should be used and cited in the development of the speech. Minimal notes are permitted. Maximum time limit is 10 minutes.
An impromptu speech with topics varied round by round, section by section. Topics will be of a proverbial nature. Speakers will have a total of seven minutes for both preparation and speaking. Timing commences with the acceptance of the topic sheet. Limited notes are permitted. Each speaker in a given section will speak on the same topic (or one of the topics if such a format is used).
Program of Oral Interpretation
A program of thematically linked selections of literary merit chosen from at least two of the three recognized genres of competitive interpretation (prose, poetry, drama). A substantial portion of the total time must be devoted to each of the genres used. Manuscript is required. Maximum time limit is 10 minutes including original introduction and/or transitions.
After Dinner Speaking
Contestant will deliver an original speech designed to exhibit sound composition, thematic coherence, and good taste. The speech should not resemble a nightclub routine or comic dialogue. Audio-visual aids may be used. Minimal notes permitted. Maximum time limit is 10 minutes.
Contestant will present a cutting from a play that represents one or more characters. Use of manuscript is required. Maximum time limit is 10 minutes.
Contestant will present an original speech by the student designed to inspire, reinforce, or change the beliefs, attitudes, values, or actions of the audience. Audio-visual aids may be used to supplement and reinforce the message. Multiple sources should be used and cited in the development of the speech. Minimal notes permitted. See individual invitations concerning ISO (Inter-State Oratory) time limits.
Contestant will be given three topics in the general area of current events, choose one, and have 30 minutes to prepare a speech. Maximum time limit for the speech is seven (7) minutes. Limited notes permitted. Students will speak in the order listed. Posting of topics are staggered.
Contestant will present a selection or selections of prose material of literary merit which may be drawn from more than one source. Play cuttings are prohibited. Use of manuscript required. Maximum time limit is 10 minutes including introduction/transitions.
Dramatic Duo Interpretation
Two contestants will present a cutting from as play, prose, or poetry selection involving the portrayal of two or more characters. Dramatic material may be drawn from stage, screen, or radio. Presentation is from manuscript and the focus should be off-stage and not at each other. Maximum time limit is 10 minutes including introduction/transitions.
(aka Rhetorical Criticism)
Contestant will present an original speech by the student that uses rhetorical principles to explain and/or evaluate a communication event (speech, movement, film, book, etc.). Audio-visual aids may be used. Manuscripts are permitted. Maximum time limit is 10 minutes.
For more information, please contact:
Gwen Jensen, Ph.D.
Director of Theatre and Forensics
Department of Communication Arts
1111 Main St .
Wayne State College
Wayne , NE 68787
FAX: (402) 375-7130