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Lecture Series: Comparing Two Eloquent Presidents – Reagan and Obama

February 18, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Reagan and Obama. Conventional wisdom would contend that these two presidents had little in common. The actor versus the scholar. The grandfather versus the father. The Republican versus the Democrat.

Presidential rhetoric scholar Dr. Robert C. (Robin) Rowland, of the department of Communication Studies at KU, has written extensively about the rhetoric of both President Ronald Reagan and President Barack Obama. Rowland, who presented the keynote on rhetoric at the Reagan Centennial celebration at USC and the Reagan Library and has won national awards for his research in both rhetoric and argumentation, argues that the rhetoric of Reagan and Obama is more similar than has been recognized. In a dialogue, Rowland will explore the similarities and differences between the rhetoric of Reagan and Obama.

This program is free and open to the public. No ticket is required.


The Dole Institute of Politics
2350 Petefish Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045 United States
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