Archive for Speeches

2016 New Jersey Budget Address

Compelled to fund the pension system in full and with crumbling infrastructure that requires an increase in the gasoline tax, Governor Christie’s budget address will be listened to/watched to divine portents for the short-term as well as the long-term. It will be broadcast on NJTV starting at 2pm.

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2015 State of the Union Address

For a video and transcript of the speech, the Republican response, and the reactions of many in Congress, please access this C-SPAN site. A previous blog entry discussed the history of this address to Congress.

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Governor Christie’s 2015 State of the State Address

The video of his speech and his prepared transcript are both online.

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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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