AUC, Egypt and Stanford Discuss Speeches for Global Leadership

Today, students at the American University of Cairo, Egypt, and students at Stanford University, are meeting through virtual digital classrooms to discuss their ideas on speeches by Global Leaders:

  • Paul Farmer
  • Al Gore
  • President Obama
  • Queen Rania
  • Rockstar Bono

For the collaborative activity, the students are forming international advisory teams to develop a Proposal for Leadership


Teams!  Please post your collaborative work as a comment response to this blog.  Let us know (specifically):

  1. Which leader’s speech did you discuss – what did you learn about diverse cultural viewpoints on this speech or on the communication strategies the leader used?
  2. What problem did your team identify as needing a solution?  Why is this problem significant?
  3. How does your team propose to offer a solution?  How might your proposed solution address the rhetorical situation of diverse audiences?

Thank you!  Please be sure to list all your names and also add anything you would like to share about this process of working together across the globe!

Alyssa (using Christine’s account)

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7 Responses to AUC, Egypt and Stanford Discuss Speeches for Global Leadership

  1. Paul Farmer's topic says:

    Group A – Alyssa, Alison, Anuj
    Stanford’s response:
    What is the problem? A lack of logos makes it more difficult to put the situation into perspective, and a lack of specificity to whom his target audience is makes it hard
    for the audience to see what actions they can take.

    What is your team proposal? A more balanced argument, establish his authority more and make himself credible

    What is the significance of your proposal? By filling in the inadequacies in his argument, he will be able to make a better appeal to donors and increase funding for his
    cause.

    Egypt’s response:
    He focused on emtional appeals using pictures in his video.and he
    also focused on the ethical appeal by using the piture with Bill
    Clinton. However, his lack of the logical appeal in his interview
    and stating that the American health care cost a lot of money and
    doesn’t deliver better care. And he also mentioned the research
    analysis as his fourth point in his model which gives me less
    credibility. In addition to his video wasn’t effective and he
    didn’t add anything new for us.
    solution: focusing more on addressing the audience through logical
    appeal. that is by showing facts, statistics and proofs along with
    the emotional appeals for greater effects.
    The signficance of his proposal: if his logical appeal was more
    effective and reasonable it would better support all of his
    arguments and he would have connected better with the audience

  2. Hassan el Sada says:

    Hassan El Sada
    Aya Abou Hussein
    Nayera Abdelrahman

  3. Bono's Group says:

    Manal Mahmoud Hassan
    Summer Ismail
    Aly Sheta
    Chandler Kaaa
    Daniel Grier
    Bono’s One Campaign can become more effective with the use of more tangible aspects (visual/social media) to empower Africa’s positive image. This could be done through documentaries about the potential Africa has to grow and how the donations will help the Africans in need. This will allow the donators to feel more involved in the entire process as they will be able to see the benefits that results from their donations. The documentaries can also be used to advertise student exchange programs that to promote cross culture relationships. Exchange programs will allow the students that go to Africa to experience firsthand the issues and problems that exist and how to solve them. The African students that will go to America or Europe or any other part of the world will be able to receive better education that they can use to improve their country.

  4. Group B says:

    While an Inconvenient Truth was a very provoking and shocking documentary, Gore’s delivery wasn’t engaging enough to maintain the audience’s
    attention. At times throughout the film, his rhetorical skills were too mundane, which decreased the audience’s receptiveness to the message. Had he
    been more passionate the film would have more deeply resonated with the American public.
    His being a politician, who had previoulsy run for office, further decreased public’s receptiveness to his ideas. Had more interviews with
    scientists been incorporated in the documentary, he might have developed more ethos with the audience. Therefore, people would have been more
    accepting of his political status if he reached out to professionals to support his claims. This would have led to less skeptacism regarding the
    reliability of his claims. It was the combination of his being a political figure and the lack of connection with the scientific community that
    overall decreased the audience’s sincere belief in his message.

    First of all,the speech seemed to be propagating Al Gore as Al Gore. Inbetween footage and pictures of disasters, there would be a couple of second
    showing his face with a look of despair or concern. He introduced himself, I would say in a boasting manner, which I think the audience would think
    humorous, by saying I “was America’s next President”. It seemed arrogant to me. The focus is questionable because of the nature of this career
    itself; he is a key public figure and people are aware of this, hence the question is is this distracting from the issues itself; does this affect
    the reception and acceptance of the message he is delivering? Where does the credibility lie? In the fact that he he a well-known figure or in the
    facts he presents or a combination both?

  5. Nourhan Abdel Aziz
    Yasmin El Garf
    Yara El-Zahaby
    Marianne Levine
    Salvador Avila
    Andrew Klein
    Obama’s speech failed to address the
    issue of the muslims and arabs in the US.
    Discrimination in everyday life for the
    Muslim community is a major issue of
    concern and one that we believe should
    have been addressed in the speech.
    this discrimination can be seen on an
    individual level as well as to the muslim
    community as a whole. For instance, extra
    search and disrespectful treatment is
    highly common in US airports. In addition,
    the public uproar over the proposed mosque
    near ground zero exemplifies the prejudice
    that exists towards Muslims. As a
    solution, we propose that the media
    should portray a more realistic picture
    of the majority of the Muslims and Arabs.
    Moreover, they should clearly distinguish
    between extremists and the general
    population of Muslims. While Obama briefly
    addressed the prejudice in his speech, he
    did not propose a solution to the problem.

  6. Shane, James, Vikas, Heba, Dalia and Ahmad says:

    In response to Queen Rania’s speech –

    One of the most important issues that were discussed during the group discussion was the availability of internet and social networking to those who lack the ability to access it. Our discussion revolved around how Queen Rania did a great job in providing proposals to actually have tech-experts and people in general take direct actions in order to make a difference in the global society. A major problem that was lacked in her speech was that she failed to address how this problem should be solved. As people already have social awareness through these social networks about different issues that need to be addressed in order to make a global change, they need to take action to actually implement those ideas. The speech fails to address any
    methods that will convince or implement how people, who already have awareness, will actually take any action. Using social networking to make a difference in the global world is an extremely challenging action, but our team has a few proposals.

    The solution is to bring social media experts and humanitarian experts together. Social media experts aren’t as motivated to bring humanitarian change, and humanitarian experts don’t have the means to bring about technological innovation. Bringing these two groups together will create an integrated social network that will facilitate actual activism.

  7. Hanya, Amina, Elizabeth, Valerie says:

    We discussed Al Gore speaking about “An Inconvenient Truth”.

    While an Inconvenient Truth was a very provoking and shocking documentary, Gore’s delivery wasn’t engaging enough to maintain the audience’s
    attention. At times throughout the film, his rhetorical skills were too mundane, which decreased the audience’s receptiveness to the message. Had he
    been more passionate the film would have more deeply resonated with the American public.
    His being a politician, who had previoulsy run for office, further decreased public’s receptiveness to his ideas. Had more interviews with
    scientists been incorporated in the documentary, he might have developed more ethos with the audience. Therefore, people would have been more
    accepting of his political status if he reached out to professionals to support his claims. This would have led to less skeptacism regarding the
    reliability of his claims. It was the combination of his being a political figure and the lack of connection with the scientific community that
    overall decreased the audience’s sincere belief in his message.

    Furthermore,the speech seemed to be propagating Al Gore as Al Gore. Inbetween footage and pictures of disasters, there would be a couple of second
    showing his face with a look of despair or concern. He introduced himself, we would say in a boasting manner, which we thought the audience would think
    humorous, by saying “I was America’s next President”; it seemed to give off an air of arrogance. The focus is questionable because of the nature of this career
    itself; he is a key public figure and people are aware of this, hence the question is is this distracting from the issues itself; does this affect
    the reception and acceptance of the message he is delivering? Where does the credibility lie? In the fact that he he a well-known figure or in the
    facts he presents or a combination both?

    Stanford-Liz and Valerie
    AUC-Amina and Hanya

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