‘Presidential Practice: The Rhetorical Challenge Of Campaigning’ Topic of Grauel Lecture

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

March 31, 2008 – “Presidential Practice: The Rhetorical Challenge of Campaigning” will be the topic of the annual H.O. Grauel Lecture April 8 at Southeast Missouri State University.

Dr. Wayne Fields from Washington University will present the lecture, sponsored by the Department of English, at 7 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium of Dempster Hall.

Fields is the Lynn Cooper Harvey Distinguished Chair in English at Washington University in St. Louis.  He is a nationally known expert on American literature, non-fiction prose, rhetoric and American political argument. His book, Union of Words: A History of Presidential Eloquence (1996), examines the use of rhetoric in presidential speeches. His opinions are frequently sought by the national media to help interpret political speeches. He has served as a commentator for National Public Radio, Radio Free Europe and various television and radio network programs, and for five years wrote a regular column, “Close to Home,” for St. Louis Magazine. Other books include James Fenimore Cooper: A Collection of Critical Essays (1979), What the River Knows: An Angler in Midstream (1990), and The Past Leads a Life of Its Own (1992).

For more information, contact Dr. Stephanie Chamberlain at sechamberlain@semo.edu or (573) 651-2619.