C. Henry Smith Contest

The C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest is hosted each spring by the communications department and the peace & conflict studies program. Several Bluffton students spoke on behalf of peace in the 2013 C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest.

  • The 2014 C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest will be held on

Civic Engagement Day
Wednesday, April 9
6 p.m., Yoder Recital Hall

The following students will be giving speeches:

  • Emily Huxman, "Turning Swords Into Ploughshares One Story at a Time."
  • Rebecca Juliana, "Out of the Closet, Out of a Job?"
  • Charles Miller, "Combating Racism, Promoting Diversity: Have We Gone Too Far?
  • Mary Schrag, "Shooting Chivalry."

Any Bluffton University student is eligible to enter a submission for the contest. Students selected to participate will prepare an oration (no more than ten-minutes in length) that applies the Christian peace position to an issue of contemporary concern. For example, speeches that articulate a specific Christian peace witness in response to racial profiling, sexual abuse, unjust immigration laws or enforcement practices, drone attacks, gun violence, or climate change are welcome, as is any speech that invites transformation of the world toward greater justice through peace-building in any specific context.. Explore previous presentations and topics.

1st Prize: $175
2nd Prize: $125
3rd Prize: $100

The first prize winner will go on to compete with winning students from other North American Mennonite colleges. Winners of the bi-national contest receive:

1st Prize: $250
2nd Prize: $150
3rd Prize: $75

The competition is administered by the Mennonite Central Committee and was established in honor of C. Henry Smith, who was on the Bluffton faculty from 1914-46. Smith is well-known for his particular attention to the peace commitments of the Mennonite tradition.

For more information, contact Gerald at mastg@bluffton.edu or 419-358-3208.