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Release: March 28, 2003

Visiting Scholar To Speak On Bush, Media April 2

Distinguished communications scholar Herbert W. Simons (left) will address "Is George W. Bush In Need Of A Rhetorical Makeover" Wednesday, April 2 in the annual Orville Hitchcock Lecture sponsored by the communication studies department in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. in Shambaugh Auditorium in the Main Library and is free and open to the public.

Simons, a professor of speech communication at Temple University, will compare President Bush's media-presentation of himself during the presidential campaign and during his first two years in office, as well as his ability to impact the direction and substance of public political deliberation. The lecture will be illustrated with video.

The recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Scholarship from the National Communication Association, Simons has written or edited eight books, including most recently "Persuasion in Society" (Sage, 2001). Simons taught at the UI in fall 1975, in a faculty exchange with John Waite Bowers. Like Orville Hitchcock, he has a longstanding interest in deliberative democracy. He recently retired as coordinator of the Temple Issues Forum, which he founded in 1998.

Orville Hitchcock was a UI faculty member in communication studies for almost 40 years until his death in 1992. He was also involved in public radio and discussion of political social issues via a radio program, "The Town Meeting of the Air" which was moderated out of Chicago. The Hitchcock lecture is devoted to speakers who can do analyses of public issues from a rhetorical perspective.

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