In honor of the oratorical skills of former Utah Congressman Wayne Owens, the Hinckley Institute sponsors a university-wide speech contest in conjunction with the Associated Students of the University of Utah (ASUU). HIP Talks is supported by the Congressman Wayne Owens fund and seeks to foster the public speaking skills of U of U students. Students who participate in HIP Talks have the chance to win some of the $10,000 of prize money ($5,000 grand prize, five $1,000 runner-up prizes).
Participation is open to all University of Utah students (including graduate students).
Students will be able to pre-register for preliminary rounds or register the day of.
Speakers can audition in as many preliminary rounds as they would like.
Participants for the finale will be selected from each of the preliminary round.
2 minutes in length
Can be given on any topic
Speakers cannot use audiovisual equipment
Speech must be delivered from memory
2019 HIP Talks
Thirty students participated in the final round of the 2019 HIP Talks Competition. The finale was held in the Hinckley Caucus Room on April 8, 2019 with hundreds of people from across campus and the community in attendance. You can watch the full event here. The winning students were as follows:
Grand Prize: Rachel Carlson, InstitUtionalized
Audience Favorite: Isha Shadale, Islamophobia
Runner-up: Avery Druyon, The Global Pandemic
Runner-up: Zac Ray, What Will Boys Be?
Runner-up: Miranda Stewart, The Shame Game
Runner-up: Bryce Wilson, Tricky Question
2018 HIP Talks
Thirty students participated in the final round of the 2018 HIP Talks Competition. The finale was held in the Bill Child Community Hall on April 11, 2018 with hundreds of students, professors and community members in attendance. The winning speeches can be heard here. The winning students were as follows:
Grand Prize: Karina Rivera, Don't Cry Little Girl!
Audience Favorite: TaCara DeTevis, Why We Thrive
Runner-up: Alexis Ahlzadeh, Step One - Admit We Have a Problem
Runner-up: BriAnne Crosby, The Things They Told Me
Runner-up: Mohan Sudabattula, It's Time We Had "The Talk"
Runner-up: Amy O'Neill, Why Some of Us End the Fight
2017 HIP Talks
Thirty students participated in the final round of the 2017 rendition of HIP Talks. The finale was held in the Bill Child Community Hall on April 20, 2017 with hundreds in attendance and over 2,000 watching the live stream. The winning speeches can be heard here. The winning students were as follows:
Grand Prize: Ali Darvish, Feeling Pretty
Audience Favorite: Mackenzie Gregerson, Never-ending Story
Runner-up: Hannah Fox, One Day the Pain Will be Worth It
Runner-up: Jenica Jessen, Mountains, Barbarians, and Elmer Fudd
Runner-up: Thulasi Seshan, Britain First
Runner-up: Ramakrishnan, An Uncherished Gift
2016 HIP Talks
Twenty-eight students participated in the final round of HIP Talks on April 20, 2016, in the Moot Courtroom at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. Speech topics ranged from immigration to sexism, body image to left-handedness, and sexual assault to the experience of those who identify as LGBTQ+ in the LDS community.
Over 180 students delivered original, two-minute speeches in the second annual HIP Talks competition. Sponsored by the Hinckley Institute of Politics, Congressman Wayne Owens Fund, and Associated Students of the University of Utah, HIP Talks seeks to foster public speaking skills on campus through a university-wide speech competition.
2015 HIP Talks
Two minute speeches were delivered on a wide variety of topics. The top speakers from each preliminary round competed in the celebrity-judged finals. Recordings of the finalists can be found at KCPW. Fox 13's coverage of the final event can be found here.
Grand Prize: Emily Glende, Teaching
Humorous: Rachael Palmer, Pocket Inequality
Compelling: Chaz Allen, The Mercenary Divide
Informative: Nora Abu Dan, Got Time
Original: Devin Price, Dead Beat Dads
Audience Favorite: Sabrina Abdalla, More than Enough