Presidential Speech Expert Available To Discuss Republican National Convention Addresses

Aug. 26, 2004

by Julie Campbell Carlson

At the Democratic National Convention Sen. John Kerry spoke of his Vietnam War record. When the Republicans have their say at the Republican National Convention, which runs Aug. 30 through Sept. 2, will they focus on Kerry's time in Vietnam, the war with Iraq, or something else entirely, and how will the public respond? Dr. Martin Medhurst, Distinguished Professor of Rhetoric and Communication at Baylor University and an expert in presidential rhetoric, is available to comment on the Republican Convention addresses.

Last year, Medhurst came to Baylor from Texas A&M University where he was professor of communication and coordinator of the Program in Presidential Rhetoric. He is the author or editor of 10 books including Dwight D. Eisenhower: Strategic Communicator, Communication and the Culture of Technology, Beyond the Rhetorical Presidency, Landmark Essays on American Public Address and Cold War Rhetoric: Strategy, Metaphor, and Ideology.

Medhurst's work has been recognized with a Golden Anniversary Monograph Award from the National Communication Association and two Marie Hochmuth Nichols Awards from the Public Address Division of the National Communication Association, while the quarterly Rhetoric and Public Affairs won the Best New Journal Award in 1998 by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. Additionally, in June he was awarded the 2004 Paul Boase Prize for Scholarship from Ohio University.

To arrange an interview with Medhurst, call (254) 710-7840 or email him at Martin_Medhurst@baylor.edu .

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