IN CELEBRATION OF STEPHEN E. LUCAS
A beloved tradition of the Biennial Public Address Conference occurs during the closing banquet when a scholar nearing the completion of a distinguished career is honored with discourse of gratitude and affection—toast or roast, depending on the selected encomiasts—by those gathered. This year’s honoree is Stephen E. Lucas, Evjue-Bascom Professor of the Humanities in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His will be feted by former students from across generations of his mentorship, J. Michael Hogan, Susan Zaeske, and Paul Stob.
Professor Lucas is the author of Portents of Rebellion: Rhetoric and Revolution in Philadelphia, a 1976 nominee for the Pulizer Prize; The Quotable George Washington; Words of a Century: The Top 100 American Speeches (with Martin Medhurst), and eleven editions of The Art of Public Speaking, the most successful public speaking textbook ever written. Professor Lucas is a National Communication Association Distinguished Scholar, and a recipient of the Golden Anniversary Book Award (for Portents of Rebellion) and the Golden Monograph Award (for “The Rhetorical Ancestry of the Declaration of Independence”) from NCA. He has long been a sojourner for the field or Rhetorical Studies throughout China, where his public speaking textbook has circulated widely in English and Chinese, and where he has lectured on MLK, Barack Obama, and Quintilian.