Spotlight: "Personally Speaking" Explores the Power of Obama's Words

Spotlight: "Personally Speaking" Explores the Power of Obama's Words

Date Published:
Thursday, September 13, 2012

Dr. Richard Leeman will explore the power of President Barack Obama's words on September 18 at 6:30 PM at UNC Charlotte Center City, in the first of four "Personally Speaking" published authors series events in 2012-13.

Leeman, a communication studies professor in UNC Charlotte’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, starts off the popular research series discussing his book, The Teleological Discourse of Barack Obama. Leeman argues that Obama considers the world through the philosophy of discovering in the essential nature of America the nation's telos - or ideal - towards which the nation should progress. His book considers the impact of this approach on politics and rhetoric and how it shapes Obama's optimism in the face of adversity.

Entering its third season, the "Personally Speaking" lecture series further connects the community with UNC Charlotte College of Liberal Arts & Sciences faculty and their studies, in partnership with J. Murrey Atkins Library. The event is free and open to the public; reservations are requested via email or by calling 704-687-0085. Parking at UNC Charlotte's lot located at 707 N. Brevard Street will be complimentary.

Other authors scheduled to present their research during this academic year include:

  • Dr. Kent Brintnall, author of Ecce Homo: the Male-Body-in-Pain as Redemptive Figure, Nov. 14, 2012, Atkins Library
  • Dr. Joyce Dalsheim, author of Unsettling Gaza: Secular Liberalism, Radical Religion and the Israeli Settlement Project, Feb. 12, 2013, UNC Charlotte Center City
  • Dr. Tanure Ojaide, author of The Beauty I Have Seen, Mar. 26, 2013, Atkins Library

More information is available on the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences' website.