University of Rochester

EVENT: Lecture by Curt Smith on George W. Bush's Presidency and the 2008 Election

TIME, DATE, AND PLACE: 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, in the Hawkins-Carlson Room of the Rush Rhees Library on the University of Rochester's River Campus

ADMISSION: Free and open to the public

September 20, 2007

The media in the 2008 presidential election will be instrumental in portraying candidates' individual positions on specific issues, as well as in scrutinizing their personal lives. This increased media attention is raising important questions for scholars on the rhetoric, language, and representation of politicians and how it affects the public.

Curt Smith, senior lecturer of English at the University of Rochester, will be examining these issues in his talk "The Presidency: George W. Bush's Shadow and the 2008 Election." He will remark on Bush's portrayal in the media throughout his presidency, as well as the implications his legacy has on candidates today.

Curt Smith is acclaimed author, columnist, radio/television host, and a former presidential speechwriter for George H.W. Bush. He currently hosts the radio program Perspectives from Rochester, New York's National Public Radio affiliate WXXI AM. In addition, Smith hosts the bi-weekly program Talking Point on Rochester CBS-TV affiliate WROC. He currently teaches Public Speaking and Presidential Rhetoric at the University of Rochester.

Smith's lecture is one of several included in the series "Politics and Media Constructions: Anticipating the 2008 Election," which is co-sponsored by the Departments of English and Political Science. The series is a part of the Humanities Project, an initiative by the University of Rochester emphasizing the influence and contributions of the humanities to academic and civil life.

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