How should we interpret Zelensky’s speeches?

Fri 8 July
  • Start: 3pm (UK Time)
  • End: 4pm (UK Time)
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This is a live online discussion between Brian Jenner, founder of the European Speechwriter Network, and Norwegian political scientist, Äse Thomassen.

The conversation will last 35 minutes and will be followed by questions and a discussion with the online audience.

President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, has blazed a trail making speeches in Parliaments around the world.

He has built solid international support for the defence of his country after Russia invaded on 24 February 2022.

President Zelensky’s rhetoric has secured the sympathy of Governments around the world. He has won commitments to supply arms as well as pledges that he will get valuable assistance from the European Union and NATO.

The speeches have also encouraged many people to back Ukraine by taking in refugees, flying flags and supporting the struggle against the Russians on social media.

Norwegian political scientist, Äse Thomassen, has written a book about President Zelensky’s speeches.

In it, she asks the question whether Zelensky’s communications’ strategy is likely to lead to a good outcome for Europe.

What is he trying to achieve? How successful was he as a politician before the invasion? How much of what he says is propaganda?  Thomassen examines his background as an actor, and how this influences his ability to deliver powerful messages.

Join us for a lively discussion about how speeches and speechwriting continues to define the way we live in the C21st.

This is a free event, but please do register for a ticket on Eventbrite.


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