Hall Center For The Humanities


Robin Rowland
Robin Rowland
Professor of Communication Studies, University of Kansas

"From Hope to Audacity: The Evolution of President Barack Obama's Rhetoric and the 2012 Presidential Campaign"
Humanities Lecture Series

Wed., Oct. 24, 2012, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Sponsored by the Friends of the Hall Center
Location: Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union

Barack Obama built a reputation as the most eloquent public leader since Ronald Reagan, beginning with his Keynote Address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention and culminating with a series of moving addresses in the 2008 presidential campaign, in which he promised to bring both Hope and real Change. But as President, Obama has faced both a devastating economic crisis and intractable opposition, leaving some to conclude that he had lost his rhetorical magic. Yet KU Professor of Communications Robin Rowland argues that Obama's rhetoric has just evolved: the arc has moved from impassioned appeals that created a new sense of Hope, to an audacious call to reaffirm basic fairness in American economic life and therefore save the American Dream.

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