This event will offer a glimpse into political activism and political speech of the past, to take place right in the center of the University of Illinois on the main quad. University students from Theatre and the U of I Speech Team will be performing the speeches of presidential candidates and political activists of 1912. The speakers will be dressed in period attire and will proclaim their political views from the tops of soapboxes. A political speaker of special significance to Illinois, Carl Sandburg, will be represented there as well. Campaign songs of the period will be sung by students from the Music department and audience participation is greatly encouraged. Come chant campaign slogans, cheer, and jeer for the political candidates of yesteryear.
This event is sponsored by the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the Department of Theatre, and the School of Music.