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Lecture Series: Social Media & Contemporary Presidential Rhetoric

February 25, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Few events have more radically reshaped the public sphere than the rise of mass media. From radio to television to social media, the past century fundamentally altered how presidents in the United States communicate with the electorate, and how those leaders were perceived by the people. Dr. Denise Bostdorff of Wooster College has studied presidential rhetoric for more than thirty years and produced some of the most influential books and articles on that topic in that period. In a dialogue, Dr. Bostdorff will discuss key moments in the development of presidential rhetoric over the last several decades, the role of presidential rhetoric in shaping American politics, and the drastic changes in presidential rhetoric associated with the rise of social media and the presidency of Donald Trump.

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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