2015 Lecture: Jeremy Engels

The 2015 Rhetorical Leadership Lecture was presented by Associate Professor Jeremy Engels of Pennsylvania State University, who studies democracy with a particular interest in classical and contemporary practices of the care of the self. His talk is entitled, “The Rhetoric of Gratitude: From Debt to Freedom.”… Continue Reading »

2013-2014 Lecture: David Zarefsky

The 2014 (10th Anniversary) Rhetorical Leadership Lecture entitled “Abraham Lincoln’s Rhetorical Leadership” was presented in February of 2014 by Professor Emeritus David Zarefsky of Northwestern University. Professor Zarefsky is an internationally recognized expert in rhetoric, argument, public address, and presidential studies.… Continue Reading »

2011-2012 Lecture: Kirt H. Wilson

In October, Pennsylvania State University Associate Professor Kirt H. Wilson presented the 2011-12 Rhetorical Leadership Lecture entitled “Imitation, Leadership, and Violence: How to Understand Racial Hostilities After the Civil War.” In the lecture, Dr. Wilson analyzed the rhetoric surrounding the … Continue Reading »

2010-2011 Lecture

On March 11, 2011, Professor Catherine Palczewski, delivered the Rhetorical Leadership lecture “Taming Women’s Embodied Argument: The Transgressive Potential of Suffrage Advocates’ Body Argument and Social Responses of Recuperation.” She argued that, although the rhetorical enactment of political leadership by … Continue Reading »

2009-2010 Lecture

In February, 2010, John M. Murphy, Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Illinois presented a lecture entitled “Barack Obama, the Joshua Generation, and Political Leadership.” Professor Murphy argued that Barack Obama is unprecedented. Not only has an African … Continue Reading »

2008-2009 Lecture

Professor Martin J. Medhurst delivered the 2008-9 Rhetorical Leadership Lecture entitled “Presidential Speechwriting and the Nomination Acceptance Address, 1932-2004” on September 25, 2008. His lecture examined the formal, functional, and stylistic dimensions of acceptance addresses across 72 years in order … Continue Reading »