UNH Speakers Bureau

Eloquence and Civic Life: The Oratory of Daniel Webster

 

Program Description:

What made New Hampshire native Daniel Webster America's greatest orator? The presentation will investigate the sources of Webster's genius as a public speaker, and discuss the most eloquent examples of his rhetorical legacy.


Speaker:

James M. Farrell

James M. Farrell is a Professor of Rhetoric in the Communication Department at the University of New Hampshire, where he teaches classes in argumentation, propaganda, rhetorical theory, rhetorical criticism, and American public address. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin—Madison in 1988, and has published numerous critical and historical studies of eighteenth-and nineteenth-century American discourse. He is a past winner of the Karl R. Wallace Memorial Award from the National Communication Association, and a past winner of the Excellence in Teaching Award from the College of Liberal Arts at UNH.

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