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Course Number: 
GAFL 502

Course Section:



  • Executive MPA

Course Type: 

  • Elective



  • Fall 2021

Course Format:

Hybrid (on-campus and online)

On-campus meetings will be modified for summer and fall 2021 in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines.

On-Campus Day(s): 
On-Campus Time(s): 

Fall 2021: This is a hybrid course. It will meet virtually on Mondays from 5:15 - 6:15 p.m. and in-person on the following Saturdays: 9/11, 10/9, 11/13, 12/11 from 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

On-Campus Location:

Online Day(s): 
Online Time: 
5:15 - 6:15 p.m.
Course Description: 

Successful leaders must be able to convey their integrity and their ideas, their vision, and their values clearly and convincingly in public settings. By analyzing great political speeches and affording students the opportunity to prepare and deliver different types of speeches, this course teaches the fundamentals of persuasive public speaking while encouraging students to develop their own voice. This is a performance course. Students will gain skill and confidence in their speech writing and public speaking skills through practice, peer feedback, and extensive professional coaching. Class lectures and discussions will focus on persuasive strategies and techniques for handling community meetings, Q and A sessions, and interactions with the media.

This course has seats reserved for Fels' students and gives priority to grad students. Non-Fels students should contact Mindy Zacharjasz at to request a permit.

This is a "hybrid" course, with synchronous, online meetings and once-monthly, on-campus meetings in Philadelphia, PA. Also, please note there is an additional $150 online course fee. 

Fels Institute of Government

The Fels Institute of Government
3814 Walnut St. 
Philadelphia, PA 19104

(215) 898-7326