Public Showcases

Late Night with the Bradley Speech Team

1-hour showcase of new material from the Bradley Speech Team.

9pm Neumiller Lecture Hall
Free Admission
Upcoming Dates:

  • August 28, 2015
  • August 26, 2016
  • August 25, 2017

Night Before Nationals

1-hour showcases of material that will be taken to Nationals!

7pm (PG) & 9pm (R-for language) Neumiller Lecture Hall
$5 Admission
Upcoming Dates:

  • March 27th & 28th, 2015
  • March 25th & 26th, 2016
  • March 24th & 25th, 2017

College Tournaments

Dan Smith Invitational

One half of the 74 Swing, this college tournament is named after former Bradley University Director of Forensics Dan Smith.  This tournament is held on the first full weekend of October. More information about the invitational can be found on

LE Norton Memorial

One of the largest collegiate tournaments in the nation, this single tournament named after former Chair of the Department of Speech and  Director of Forensics Larry E. Norton occurs over the course of two days on the Bradley campus.  Both open and novice divisions are offered and have quarterfinal, semifinal, and final elimination rounds.  This tournament takes place on the first full weekend of November.  More information can be found on

Hell Froze Over Swing

Partnering with the University of Texas at Austin, Bradley hosts one half of this swing tournament offering contestants two one-day tournaments in Austin, TX (even years) or Peoria, IL (odd years).  HFO is the largest swing tournament in the nation and more information can be found on in odd years and in even years. 

High School Tournament

George Armstrong Heart of Illinois Invitational and Jay Janssen Oratorical Contest

Bradley’s high school tournament named after former Director of Forensics George Armstrong brings together schools from both Illinois and across the country.  In addition to accommodating both Illinois and national-level rules and events, the tournament showcases the Jay Janssen Oratorical Contest.  Through the generosity of alumnus Jay Janssen ’59, the top three competitors registered for this contest receive scholarships to Bradley University in the amount of $15,000, $13,000, and $12,000 for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively.  This tournament takes place the first Friday and Saturday of December.  More information can be found at