Dean Beasley: Presidential Rhetoric and Who is “Worthy” in the United States

Dean Beasley: Presidential Rhetoric and Who is “Worthy” in the United States

On Thursday, February 21 at the Vanderbilt Divinity School Dean Beasley delivered the 2019 Mafoi Carlisle Bogitsh Lecture. Her speech, titled “Enough: Imagining a Political Culture of Worthiness in the United States,” looked at how American presidents use their public discourse to reify, eliminate, or construct bonds within our national...

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Stories and Storytellers: Reflections on the State of the Union

Stories and Storytellers: Reflections on the State of the Union

President Trump’s State of the Union address was dominated not as much by discussion of his achievements or policy proposals for the next year as it was by stories. His eighty-minute speech (the third longest in history) included stories about his twenty-some guests. On tax reform, immigration, relations with North...

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