Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Old St. Francis History Pub

Insulting the President from Washington to Trump

Old St. Francis School

5:30 pm doors, 7 pm event

Free. First come, first served. Arrive early!

All ages welcome

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About Insulting the President from Washington to Trump

Insulting the President from Washington to Trump

Presented by Edwin Battistella, Author

In this presentation, author Edwin Battistella discusses his forthcoming book, Dangerous Crooked Scoundrels:  Insulting the President from Washington to Trump (Oxford University Press, 2020).  Battistella traces the ways in which presidents have been insulted over the centuries since the founding of the republic, selecting from over 500 examples he has collected.  Battistella suggests that less has changed than you might think, as far as insults go.  He also looks at the language of the insult itself and the categories of invective and figures of speech that resonate politically.  And you learn how various chief executives have responded to attacks.  

About the Speaker:

Edwin L. Battistella teaches linguistics and writing at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon.  He is the author of six books including Sorry About That: the Language of Public Apology

Battistella contributes a monthly blog to Oxford University Press, called Between the Lines with Edwin Battistella. He also moderates the Literary Ashland blog and twitter feed.

About Old St. Francis History Pub

Old St. Francis History Pub

These monthly, free events are open to everyone interested in Oregon and Pacific Northwest history. Co-sponsored by like-minded historical and civic organizations, we bring you experts, scholars, first-person experiencers and historians who expound on topics from Lewis and Clark to shipwrecks, hop growing to women pioneers and far, far beyond. It's like being back in the classroom - except this time you get to settle into comfortable seats and enjoy a drink or two with dinner while you listen and learn.

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