with Stephen Krupin
Offered in partnership with The Cooper Union
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

We deliver a speech not simply to inform an audience nor deliver a message but, as one former presidential ghostwriter put it, “to move men to action or alliance.” Political speech has changed with technology and with Trump, but the oldest form of communication still calls on leaders to inspire others to see the world differently – and then go do something about it. This master class, held in the very spot where Abraham Lincoln delivered the address that introduced him to the nation he would soon lead, will explore the techniques speechwriters and speakers use, from research to rhetoric, to move people and change the world.

Stephen Krupin served as a speechwriter to President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. He leads the executive communications practice at the public affairs and political consulting firm SKDKnickerbocker and teaches speechwriting at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.