Former White House speechwriter speaks Oct. 25 at ASU
Former presidential speechwriter James Humes will speak at Appalachian State University Monday, Oct. 25.
His lecture begins at 3:30 p.m. in I.G. Greer Auditorium. Admission is free and the public is invited.
His talk, "Confessions of a White House Ghostwriter," is sponsored by Appalachian's College of Arts and Sciences and University Forum Committee and Department of Communication, the N.C. Humanities Council and private donors.
Humes is a former trial lawyer, legislator and bestselling author who wrote speeches for five U.S. presidents: Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and George Bush Sr.
He has authored 28 books on rhetoric, and was awarded the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for his historical works on Churchill and Shakespeare.
Humes helped found the Churchill Society of America. He and is the leading authority on the legacy of trial lawyer Bourke Cockran, a rhetorical role model for both Winston Churchill and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Humes assumes the persona of the persons about whom he speaks and presents an entertaining and enlightening way to relive history.
As a presidential speechwriter, Humes got to know the prominent leaders and the inner workings of the White House.