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Tragedy and Hope: Reagan on the Challenger Explosion

Date: Wednesday, Aug. 25 | 7:00–8:30 PM EDT

This year is the 35th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s legendary speech in response to the tragic destruction of the Space Shuttle Challenger. The speech, which was delivered in January of 1986, was one of Reagan’s best. It was authored by acclaimed speechwriter Peggy Noonan and encapsulated in 4 minutes everything that was great about Reagan and his administration: his management style, ability to handle a crisis, terrific speechwriters (and a willingness to back them), superior speaking ability, and a fundamental optimism about and belief in America. This seminar will analyze Reagan’s speech, its development, its delivery, and its impact. In doing so, students will get new insight into what made Reagan one of our greatest presidents.

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