Dr. Chris Leland to discuss the changing landscape of presidential campaigns at monthly breakfast

Huntington, Ind.— The Huntington College Foundation will host its next monthly breakfast on Wednesday, April 12, 2000. Communication professor Dr. Christopher Leland will discuss “Campaigns of the new century: The changing images and language of politics.”

From Eisenhower’s “I like Ike” to Clinton’s “Bridges to the 21st Century,” the nature of political campaign messages has changed. In many ways the images have become more important than the language and issues of campaigns. In this multi-media presentation, Dr. Leland will use his academic and professional experience to highlight, explain, and critique the changing landscape of political influence in our culture. “Whether it is in the words of a politician or in the images of a media event, the country is bombarded by the message of presidential choice every four years,” says Leland. “We can learn a lot about where we are going, by briefly seeing where we have been.”

The public is cordially invited to attend. Breakfast will be served at 7:45 a.m. in the Habecker Dining Commons. The program will conclude by 9:00 a.m. The cost of the breakfast is $6 per person. First-time guests are not charged. For more information about the Huntington College Foundation’s breakfast series, please call Jim Elliott at (260) 359-4066 or visit http://www.huntington.edu/people/foundation.html.

Dr. Leland joined the Huntington College faculty in 1996. He previously served on the communication faculty at Wichita State University as an assistant professor and director of speech and debate. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma, M.A. from the University of Arkansas, and B.A. from Ripon College.

Dr. Leland brings a great deal of professional communication experience to his classroom teaching. He serves as a speechwriter for the National Governors’ Association, and works as a professional political consultant to local, regional, and national political campaigns.

As a workshop and seminar leader, Dr. Leland makes presentations for major corporations on various topics which include: Team Building Through Communication, Speaking For Success, and Communicating the Corporate Image. Corporate clients have included Johnson and Johnson, Hershey Chocolate, Wal-Mart Incorporated, Koch Industries and Coopers and Lybrand.

Most recently, Dr. Leland co-authored a book called “The Electronic Election: Perspectives on the 1996 Presidential Election,” which was released in November. He also co-authored the soon-to-be-released book, “The Rhetorical Clinton,” with Dr. Stephen Smith, Clinton’s former Chief of Staff as Governor of Arkansas.

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