April 12, 2006: Wayne Fields
Fields, Ph.D., is the Lynne Cooper Harvey Distinguished Professor of English and director of the American Culture Studies Program, both in Arts & Sciences. His areas of scholarly focus include American literature, non-fiction prose, rhetoric, and American political argument.
During times of national political debate, he is frequently called on by the national media to provide expert commentary regarding the use of rhetoric as a political or social tool. One of his books, Union of Words: A History of Presidential Eloquence (1996) examines the use of rhetoric in presidential speeches, from declarations of candidacy to nomination acceptances, inaugural addresses, state-of-the-union speeches, declarations of war, executive farewells and other special addresses.
Public Affairs article: Wayne Fields to deliver Assembly Series talk on rhetoric