Instructor: Drew Faust
Meeting time: Monday, 3:00-5:00 pm
This course will explore speeches across the sweep of American history, examining them both as windows into their own era and as texts created to inform and persuade. We will ask who speaks and how and the ways that has evolved over time, and we will seek to identify the enduring and changing elements of effective oratory from Jonathan Edwards to Frederick Douglass to contemporary commencement addresses and campaign speeches. Assignments include the composition and delivery of a speech.