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Lecture Series: Five Great Presidential Speeches

February 6, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


“We have nothing to fear but fear itself.”

“Ich bin ein Berliner.”

“Government of the people, by the people, for the people.”

What makes a presidential speech great?

Three renowned experts, with decades of scholarship on presidential rhetoric and countless award-winning articles and books published between them, will answer that question in this the first of Presidential Lecture Series at the Dole Institute of Politics. This program will feature a conversation about five great presidential speeches with leading experts on presidential rhetoric: Dr. Mary Stuckey from Penn State, Dr. David Zarefsky from Northwestern, and Dr. Robert C. Rowland from KU. The discussion will focus on what makes a presidential speech “great,” why they chose the works they did, and what great presidential rhetoric tells us about American democracy.

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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