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The 2016 Three-Minute Thesis competition contestants.
Senior Thesis...Bite Sized

The Oral Communication Center hosted the second annual Three Minute Thesis competition on April 30. Open to all members of the senior class, the competition offers cash prizes for the students who can most effectively summarize their senior projects in three minutes or less. This year’s competition hosted 15 students whose majors and interests ranged from post-colonial economics to concussion management for athletes.  More ...

Oral Communication Center’s Second “Hamilton Speaks” a Success

“Speech” was the word at the Oral Communication Center’s second “Hamilton Speaks: Improve Your Public Speaking in 6 Minutes or Less,” a lunch-hour event on Oct. 28 in the Tolles Pavilion.  More ...

Winners of the Three Minute Thesis 2015 from left first runner-up Sabrina Yurkofsky '15, second runner-up M.E. Ficarra '15 and champion Lisbeth DaBramo '15.
Three Minute Thesis Debuts at Hamilton

Senior chemistry major Liz DaBramo was the champion and Sabrina Yurkofsky and M.E. Ficarra were first and second runners-up, respectively, in the inaugural Hamilton College Three Minute Thesis competition held May 2 in the Taylor Science Center’s Kennedy Auditorium.  More ...

Vesta Silva
The Rhetorical Conundrum of Wrongful Birth Lawsuits

Imagine suing your doctor or medical team for the harm of not providing you with the option of terminating your pregnancy.  While it may sound fantastical, this is the actual situation in a subset of medical malpractice lawsuits called “wrongful birth.”  The Oral Communication Center recently sponsored a lecture titled “You Should Never Have Been Born: The Rhetorical Conundrum of Wrongful Birth Lawsuits,” by Vesta T. Silva, associate professor of communication arts at Allegheny College.  More ...

Professor Mark Cryer's topic was Articulation.
Oral Communication Center Hosts “Hamilton Speaks” Event

The Oral Communication Center (OCC) hosted “Hamilton Speaks: Improve Your Public Speaking in Six Minutes or Less,” an hour-long, lunchtime event on Oct. 29. It featured student workers, faculty/staff members and visiting professionals who were each given exactly six minutes to give advice or information on some aspect of oral communication.  More ...

Students practice their power poses at the Ted & Tex-Mex Oral Communication Center event.
Oral Communication Center Hosts TED & Tex-Mex

Hamilton College’s Oral Communication Center (OCC) hosted its first TED & Tex-Mex evening on Oct. 1. The event, which drew nearly 60 students, featured a viewing of “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are”—a TED Talk given in 2012 by Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist and associate professor at Harvard Business School.  More ...

James Helmer
Helmer Participates in Science Communication Institute

Oral Communication Center Director Jim Helmer participated in the Summer Institute of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science June 10-13 at Stony Brook University.  More ...

Max Schnidman and Jim Helmer
Schnidman ’14 and Helmer present at NACC Conference

Oral Communication Center (OCC) tutor Max Schnidman ’14 and OCC Director Jim Helmer presented at the National Association of Communication Centers (NACC) Conference held April 11-12 at Arizona State University.  More ...

Jim Helmer
Helmer Coaches Management Team for Presentation

Jim Helmer, Oral Communication Center director, recently spent a week in Boston working with a nine-member management team from Keolis Commuter Services in preparation for a major oral presentation to the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA).  More ...

Jim Helmer
Helmer Publishes Book Chapter, Discusses Commencement Speakers

Jim Helmer, Oral Communications Center coordinator, recently published a chapter in The Cambridge Companion to Horseracing and was interviewed for a Baltimore Sun article about commencement speakers  More ...

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