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Great Speeches that Changed the World: An Exploration into the Speaking Techniques and Rhetoric of Speakers Whose Words Inspired Those Who Heard Them

This course will entail watching, listening, analyzing, and discussing the persuasive effect of speakers throughout world history. From sermons to eulogies, from presidential addresses to commencement speeches, from a coach's encouragement to his players to a speaker's charming wit, this class will assess why audiences have been swayed by the reason, emotion, and ethical stands of public speakers.  Why did people listen to them? What is the nature of inspiration? How do speeches motivate us to change? If you enjoy hearing speeches and studying rhetorical criticism, you will enjoy this course.

Instructor Bio:

Rev. Dr. Ken Henry is currently the Pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Rugby Road. He has preached for nearly 30 years.  Ken taught public speaking, debate, communications, and rhetorical criticism at the college level for three years. Coaching budding speakers and debaters is in his blood. 

Recommended Reading:

Safire, William. Lend Me Your Ears: Great Speeches in History, 2004.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
B407 Ken Henry Apr 19, 26, May 3 Th 2:00-3:30 p.m. Westminster Presbyterian Church WL

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