Featuring Guest Lecturer
Former Speech Writer for President Obama
Tuesday, February 18
7:00 p.m. JBK Legacy Hall
Jon Favreau’s presentation is funded by the Distinguished Lecture Series.
Communication Week Schedule
Monday, February 17
12:00 p.m. - The Voice Game Show, FAC Recital Hall
5:30 p.m. - Alumni Table Talk, Grand Lobby
Tuesday, February 18
12:00 p.m. - Sing for Your Lunch, Legacy Hall
7:00 p.m. - Jon Favreau, Legacy Hall
Wednesday, February 19
12:00 p.m. - Project Runway, FAC Foyer
Communication Week is a entire week of events dedicated to bringing together students from every part of the Communication Department: Communication Studies, Broadcast Journalism, Advertising/Public Relations, Broadcast Media and Graduate students. Mixers, competitions and student showcase make up parts of Comm Week, but the students and faculty also focus on campus awareness by bringing a guest lecturer to WTAMU. In 2009, director of Hollywood, Health & Society (HH&S), Sandra de Castro Buffington, spoke about her program that provides entertainment industry professionals with accurate and timely information for health storylines. In 2010, author, educator and filmaker Jackson Katz spoke on the topic of gender violence prevention, and his new book "The Macho Paradox." The 2011 communication scholar, Jean Kilbourne, presented her groundbreaking study on the image of women in advertising, a lecture made famous by her documentary film Killing Us Softly. In 2012, WTAMU hosted guest presenter Liz Murray who was the subject of Lifetime TV's Emmy nominated original film Homeless to Harvard as well as the author of the New York Times best selling book "Breaking Night." Then, in 2013, WTAMU was pleased to present Betty Nguyen as a portion of the Distinguished Lecture Series.
This year, Communication Week is proud to announce Jon Favreau as 2014's guest lecturer. Jon Favreau will be speaking February 18, 2014 in Legacy Hall at 7 p.m.
A mastermind in crafting the most evocative and unforgettable speeches of our time, Jon Favreau shares his insights and experiences from working alongside the President and provides inspiration to future leaders entering lives of public service.
Presidents' words can move people, persuade a country and define their place in history. As Ralph Waldo Emerson put it, "Speech is power." President Barack Obama's director of speechwriting, Jon Favreau, not only rose to the challenge of being the second-youngest chief speechwriter in White House history, but crafted some of the most evocative and unforgettable speeches of our time, unleashing the voice of a new generation. Considered one of the President's most trusted and influential staffers, often referred to as his "mind reader," Favreau played an indispensable role in the development - and success - of his most pivotal speeches. He began working with then-Senator Obama in 2005 as his speechwriter and transitioned to the 2008 presidential campaign. From the iconic "Yes We Can" 2008 New Hampshire primary night speech to the historic inaugural addresses of 2009 and 2013, Favreau's work captured the historical significance of Barack Obama's presidency, while connecting the zeitgeist of a nation with the message of its leader. Featured in TIME magazine as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" and in GQ's "50 Most Powerful People in D.C.," Favreau is the co-founder of communications firm, Fenway Strategies, and a Daily Beast columnist. Providing unique insights that with an intimate glimpse of his experiences in the White House, Favreau shares his unique insights that will compel future leaders in their fields to reach their full potential.
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