Subject for Pasteur Medal Debate
The subject to be discussed in the competition for the Pasteur Medal this year will be: "The Principle of Ministerial Responsibility in its relation to the French Parliamentary System." The subject is worded to encourage treatment from any standpoint. The regulations governing this competition will be the same as last year. The competitors will speak individually on any phase of the general topic chosen. The trials will be held in Harvard 5 on Tuesday, November 22, at 7.30 o'clock, and all men who wish to enter must hand in their names to L. A. Mahoney '13, Walter Hastings 12, or H. B. Ehrman '12, Weld 37, by Saturday, November 19. Ten men will be retained for the final competition, which will be held in the Fogg Art Museum, Thursday, December 15, at 8 o'clock, and will be open to the public.
At the trials, men will be allowed to speak for five minutes only, but in the final competition the speeches will be of ten minutes duration. In judging these speeches, not only the logic and clear presentation of the subject, but also the general knowledge, manner of delivery, and the literary style of the competitor will be considered. The three judges will be chosen as follows one from the French Department, one from the Department of Public Speaking, and one from the Debating Council.
The Pasteur Medal Prize was founded in 1898 by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, to be awarded to the best speaker in an annual debate on a subject drawn from contemporary French politics.