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Trotter Multicultural Center pres.

Trotter Distinguished Leadership Series

Reflections from Former Presidential Speechwriters

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With Election Day quickly approaching, Trotter Multicultural Center is beyond excited to present Civic Engagement & the Power of Speechwriting: Reflections from Former Presidential Speechwriters, a continuation of our beloved Trotter Distinguished Leadership Series, on October 29th (Thursday) from 5:30-7:00 PM. Hear from speechwriters, Sarah Hurwitz and John McConnell, as they discuss their experiences speechwriting for the Bush and Obama administration, as well as the role of speechwriting within civic engagement. The event will be moderated by Aaron Kall, U-M Director of Debate.

Want to learn more about our speakers? Check out their bios down below!

About Sarah Hurwitz
Sarah Hurwitz was a White House speechwriter from 2009 to 2017, serving as as a senior speechwriter for President Barack Obama and as well as head speechwriter for First Lady Michelle Obama. Before working at the White House, Sarah was chief speechwriter for Hillary Clinton during her 2008 presidential primary campaign as well as a deputy chief speechwriter for Senator John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign. Hurwitz is also the author of Here All Along: Finding Meaning, Spirituality, and a Deeper Connection to Life -- in Judaism (After Finally Choosing to Look There).

About John McConnell
John McConnell served as a senior speechwriter for President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney—part of the three-person team responsible for all of the 43rd President’s major addresses. He served all eight years of the Bush-Cheney administration, and held the unique position of both Deputy Assistant to the President and Assistant to the Vice President.

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