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University Lectures series will turn focus to presidential, political speeches Oct. 12 with visit by Kathleen Hall Jamieson

October 04, 2010

Kelly Homan Rodoski
(315) 443-3784

As the 2010 election season kicks into high gear, the University Lectures series will welcome Kathleen Hall Jamieson on Tuesday, Oct. 12, to explore the meanings within presidential speeches with an emphasis on the history of American oratory in the broad terms of politics, media and culture.

jamiesonA leading expert on political advertising and campaigns, Jamieson will speak on “Finding the Hidden Meanings in Presidential Messages,” at 7:30 p.m. in Hendricks Chapel. The lecture is sponsored in cooperation with the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies in the College of Visual and Performing Arts as part of the department’s centennial celebration, and is free and open to the public. Reduced-rate parking will be available in the Irving Garage. CART and sign language interpreters will be available for all University Lectures this season.

Jamieson is the second of 14 distinguished guests and panelists who will share their global experiences and perspectives with the Syracuse University and Central New York communities as part of the University Lectures series. She is the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication and a former dean at the Annenberg School for Communication and the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

She is the author or co-author of 15 books, including “Presidents Creating the Presidency” (University of Chicago Press, 2008), “Echo Chamber: Rush Limbaugh and the Conservative Media Establishment” (Oxford, 2008) and “unSpun: Finding Facts in a World of Disinformation” (Random House, 2007).

She has won university-wide teaching awards at each of the three universities at which she has taught and political science or communication awards for four of her books. Her forthcoming book, co-authored with Kate Kenski and Bruce Hardy, is called “The Obama Victory: How Media, Money, and Messages Shaped the 2008 Election.”

The Office of University Lectures welcomes suggestions for future speakers. To recommend a speaker, or to obtain additional information about The University Lectures, contact Esther Gray in the Office of Academic Affairs at 443-2941 or

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