Archive for Speeches

NEH Jefferson Lecture

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.

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President Obama’s Address on the Islamic State

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.

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Maya Angelou and Libraries

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.

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More Commencement Speeches Online

C-SPAN has almost 700 speeches online, dating back to JFK. They can be searched by person, location, or date.

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300+ Best Commencement Speeches Online

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.

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Mayor Fulop’s 2014 State of the City Address

Last night, Mayor Fulop gave his first “state of the city” address; the text and photos of this event are online, courtesy of The Jersey Journal.

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Transcript of Governor Christie’s 2015 Budget Message

For those who like to read the words as well as hear them, a transcript of his speech as prepared for delivery is available from his office. Reactions to his speech can also be read online.

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