The annual C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest, established in 1974 by the directors of the C. Henry Smith Trust offers PACS students an opportunity to discuss peacebuilding and social justice issues on campus. The intercollegiate competition is administered by the Peace and Justice Ministries of the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). Undergraduate students from every Mennonite and Brethren in Christ college in North America including Canada are eligible to participate.
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.
On March 2, 2022, at 7 PM in the Grebel Gallery, PACS is organizing a speech performance and is inviting you to participate. The contest winners will be rewarded cash prizes of $500 in the first place, $350 in the second place, and $200 in the third place. For more information, reach out to the PACS Academic Advisor.
To learn more about the contest and meet previous PACS or Grebel resident participants, visit this link here.