MSNBC’s Matthews to host JFK Panel

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By Betsy Rothstein Comments

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and any mention of JFK. Have your eyes glazed over yet?

If not, tonight Matthews, host of the network’s “Hardball,” will headline a panel discussion around the upcoming 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s speech at American University. “The Art and Craft of Speech Writing” will take an in-depth look at JFK’s commencement speech in 1963 at AU, and at speech writing in general.

As many know, Matthews wrote Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero. The event is 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Ward One at American University.

The panel will consist of…

  • Leonard Steinhorn, Master of Ceremonies, Professor of Communication and former political speechwriter.
  • Marvin Kalb – covered JFK’s speech at American University as a former chief diplomatic correspondent for CBS News; currently a senior fellow at the Shorenstein Center for the Press, Politics and Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
  • Adam Frankel – former senior Obama White House speechwriter; also worked with Ted Sorensen on Sorensen’s autobiography, “Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History.”
  • American University Professor Robert Lehrman. Teaches speechwriting for political communication program; SOC professor and former White House chief speechwriter for Vice President Al Gore.