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Wed, Oct. 19th
8:00 PM
Leverett House
D-Entry Dining Hall


Thurs, Oct. 20th
8:00 PM
Leverett House
D-Entry Dining Hall

These meetings will be indentical. You must attend one of them.

Bring the speech you want to use at the Nancy Houfek seminar.
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Please contact Merve Emre (emre@fas.harvard.edu) if would like to contribute a speech.

War Speeches


President George W. Bush outlines the case against Iraq and declares "we refuse to live in fear."


American revolutionary Patrick Henry ignites the American revolution, crying "give me liberty or give me death!"


Senator from Vermont Redfield Proctor impels the nation into the 1898 Spanish-American war by recollecting Spain's horrific treatment of Cubans. 



Anti-War Speeches


Civil rights leader  Martin Luther King urges the country to move beyond the calling of race, nation, or creed to the vocation of brotherhood. 


Socialist-Party leader Eugene V. Debs accuses the capitalists of declaring a war that only the poor will fight.    



Speaking Truth to Power


Religious Leader Martin Luther tells the Diet of Worms that he cannot recant his religious views.


Emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie appeals to the League of Nations to stop Italian aggression.


Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel implores President Reagan from visiting a cemetery in Bitburg.





Osama bin Laden rails against America, a country he says is "filled with fear."


Preside George W. Bush address a joint session of congress denounces terrorism as an ideology that will follow the path to "history's unmarked grave of discarded lies."


Iraqi President Saddam Hussein also rails against America, saying that "darkness shall be defeated."





Fifth Century Greek statesman and orator Pericles exhorts and dead and extols the living in this "ideal type" of funeral oration.   


President Lincoln transfigures the bloody inconclusiveness of the battle at Gettysburg into a call for a "new birth of freedom" in America.  


President George W. Bush stirs America during the one year anniversary of 9/11 in his Ellis Island Address



Rallying Cries


Al Pacino inspires the team in his "Inches" half-time speech in Oliver Stone's 1999 Any Given Sunday. 


Winston Churchill braces Britain in 1940 after the fall of France for the German onslaught in his "Their Finest Hour" broadcast. 


George "Blood and Guts" Patton readies American troops for D-Day in his "That son-of-a-fucking-bitch Patton again" verbal explosion.   

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