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TCCA 140: Public Speaking  

Professor Mary Lynn Veden - Fall 2016
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Evita Gives a Speech/Evita dando un discurso

"Evita dando un discurso/Evita giving a speech." From, "La razon de mi vida," by Eva Peron. Public domain.


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