USC Price School of Public Policy

Communicating Leadership

Communicating Leadership: Reagan, Rhetoric, and the “Great Communicator” Revisited

Wednesday, February 2, 2011 — 9 to 10:45 a.m.
USC Davidson Conference Center

Communication is one of the most studied dimensions of presidential leadership, and rhetorical skills and media presence are oft-cited as keys to Reagan’s leadership record. Discuss how Reagan’s time (political and historical) and Reagan’s talents contribute to his designation as the “Great Communicator.” Find out when, where, and why the communication influenced policy, politics, and public opinion during the Reagan years.


Tom Hollihan
USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism
University of Southern California


Robert Rowland     Robert Rowland
    Director of Graduate Studies, Ph.D.
    University of Kansas

Craig Smith     Craig Smith
    Board of Trustees Member, California State University
    Chair, Department of Film and Electronic Arts, and Professor of Communication Studies
    California State University, Long Beach

Dan Schnur     Dan Schnur
    Director, Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics
    College of Letters, Arts & Sciences
    University of Southern California

Mary Stuckey     Mary Stuckey
    Professor of Communication and Political Science
    Graduate Director, Department of Communication
    Georgia State University