The Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities“… is the highest honor the federal government confers for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities.” Recent recipients have included Walter Isaacson, Martin Scorsese, and Drew Gilpin Faust, a veritable who’s who of humanists. Annual lectures back to 2000 are available online and are accompanied by a biography, a critical appreciation, an interview, a video of the lecture, and a transcript.
Archive for Speeches
A video of his speech is available courtesy of C-SPAN; a transcript of the prepared speech is found at The White House. (What is so important about C-SPAN is this video and tens of thousands of others are always available and will be indefinitely.) Reactions to the speech are at The Washington Post, The Telegraph, and The Wall Street Journal.
Remembering Maya Angelou from the American Library Association has selected quotes from her involving libraries. In her long distinguished career, she was the target of many censorship challenges. Read about I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and how its banning was the spark that founded Banned Books Week.
C-SPAN has almost 700 speeches online, dating back to JFK. They can be searched by person, location, or date.
NPR, building on the work of Graduation Wisdom, has produced a searchable database of commencement speeches stretching back to 1774. YouTube videos (obviously NOT of the 1774 speech) are indicated where available. The 1774 speech? Is by Barnabas Binney at what was then the Rhode Island College; in later years it became Brown University.