103 Skinner, x2669, email@example.com
Sara R. Curtin, x 4350, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lioudmila Abramova, x4708, email@example.com
Purpose of the Course
This course has two principal objectives. The first is to examine the rhetoric of war and peace. Throughout history orators have rallied people to war or have advised them against resorting to arms. These moments are ones of great drama for humanity, and speeches have been powerful shapers of public opinion. We will analyze the techniques used by various speakers to promote values and policies on matters of war.
The second objective is to examine techniques of public speaking. Students will have three opportunities to prepare and present speeches. These speeches will be critiqued by the instructor and the members of the class. In addition, the speeches will be videotaped and each student will have the opportunity for self-critique. The objective here is not to produce orators, but rather to develop basic speaking skills.
All the materials for this course are online. To access this syllabus and the links to the reading materials, simply go to the site: http://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/speech/fall00.htm.
You will be expected to give four speeches during the term. The last half of the course is devoted to giving and critiquing speeches in class. We will work up the schedule of speeches in the second week of classes.
My Office Hours are Monday nights, 7-9 and Tuesday mornings, 10-12.
11 September: Breaking the Ice
Filling Out the Questionnaire
Speeches by Lioudmila and Sara
Robert F. Kennedy, Speech at the University of Capetown, Day of Affirmation, 6 June 1966
13 September: Depersonalization
Readings from Kennedy's Speech
18-20 September: The Difference Between Written and Oral Language
Martin Luther King, Jr., "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," April 1963
Martin Luther King, Jr., "I Have a Dream," Washington, DC. August 1963
Written Assignment: "What are the differences between written and oral language?"
September 25-27: Extemporaneous Speeches
October 2: Evidence
Assignment: Evidence Exercise
October 4: Listening as the Key to Understanding
Hitler at Nuremberg, 1933 from Leni Riefenstahl's Triumph of the Will
John Kennedy, Inaugural Address, January 1961 (Recording)
October 11- 16: Argument
Pericles Funeral Oration, from Thucydides, The History of the Peloponnesian War, Book II
Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address, 19 November 1863
Slobodan Milosevic, Speech to the Serbian Nation after the end of the war in Kosovo, 10 June 1999
October 18 - 30: Assigned Topic Speeches
The Nature of Critique
Winston Churchill, 18 June 1940 from Real Audio Archives, "...this was their finest hour"
November 1- 6: Robert Kennedy's Speech Again
November 8 - 13: Delivery
Martin Luther King, "I Have a Dream," 28 August 1963
November 15-December 13: Policy Speeches
December 15: Conclusion