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Introduction to Speech Communication (CMN 1310/1390)

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November 014

Quote of the Month

"...everything on the earth has a purpose, every disease an herb to cure it, and every person a mission. This is the Indian theory of existence." -- Mourning Dove Salish

Tip of the Month

With persuasive speeches starting, as well as "This I Believe" speeches taking place in a few weeks, remember that your opportunity to speak provides a platform to discuss important issues with your audience. Consider how Marlon Brando and Sacheen Littlefeather utilized winning an Oscar in 1973 to problematize the treatment of American Indians in the film industry. As said by Mourning Dove Salish, everything on earth has a purpose and every person has a mission. Dig into what you are passionate about and share it with others. Every day you have an opportunity to make a difference!

Speech of the Month

When nominated at the Oscars for his role in The Godfather for Best Actor, Marlon Brando rejected the award via Sacheen Littlefeather, a Native American civil rights activist, whom was sent to represent him during the acceptance portion of the award. Although Brando prepared an extensive speech for her to read about the mistreatment of American Indians , she was forced to follow the 60 second limit to speak on his behalf. She improvised this short speech, but it still remained powerful and caused quite a controversy.