MSNBC’s Matthews to host JFK Panel

By Betsy Rothstein Comment

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.