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2013 Robert G. Ingersoll Oratory Contest

An oratory contest to honor Robert G. Ingersoll, a famous 19th century speaker known as The Great Agnostic, is seeking up to15 people to compete for prizes by delivering a brief excerpt from his works.

The panel of judges for this year’s contest, the third of its kind, will include Susan Jacoby, author of The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought, released earlier this year.

Ingersoll was an advocate for racial equality, birth control, women’s rights, Darwin’s theory of evolution, Shakespeare, free speech, and voting rights for Washington, D.C. His most popular speeches were openly critical of religion and the Bible while advocating a humanistic philosophy.

In case of rain, the event will be held nearby at James Hoban’s Irish Restaurant and Bar, One Dupont Circle NW.

Registration deadline is June 15. The event is limited to 15 contestants.

First Place: $250. Second Place: $150. Third Place: $100. Fourth Place: $50. All contestants will receive a certificate.

After the contest all are welcome to join together at James Hoban’s Irish Restaurant and Bar, One Dupont Circle NW. Susan Jacoby will be on hand to sign copies of her book.

Event begins at 12:00PM

Presented by: Washington Area Secular Humanists

Event Venue

Dupont Circle Washington, DC

1 Dupont Circle NW
Washington, DC 20036
  • Sunday, June 30, 2013

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