Author Archives: imogenmorley

Anatomy of a Speech: Dresden, 19th December 1989 – Chancellor Helmut Kohl

Chancellor Helmut Kohl delivered this speech in front of the ruins of the Frauenkirche, Dresden on 19th December 1989, five weeks after the fall of the Berlin Wall. On 28th November 1989, Chancellor Kohl had presented his 10-point plan for German reunification, though he gave no timetable. This was a period of intense demonstrations against […]

Anatomy of a Speech: How we teach computers to understand pictures by Professor Fei-Fei Li

This is a speech about sight. Whereas Professor Beard’s speech took a long, expanse look at the complex subject of female silence in the public sphere, Professor Fei-Fei Li’s speech takes an intimate look at an equally complex but completely different subject: how she and her colleagues are using machine learning to teach computers to […]

Preaching to the Unconverted: Rhetoric and Mistrust in the Digital Age

How can we use language to persuade people? This is a question that anyone working in public communications faces on a daily basis. But implied in the word persuasion is the word trust. It is difficult to persuade people when they do not trust you. It is clear that we live in an age of mistrust. Politicians are […]

Anatomy of a Speech: The Public Voice of Women – Professor Mary Beard

I decided to write about this speech as my first Anatomy of a Speech post for two reasons. First, it’s a brilliant speech. And secondly, it combines two of my passions: female empowerment and rhetoric. What I love about this speech is the way Professor Beard combines her own academic expertise, her personal experiences of misogyny in […]