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Professor Craig Smith

Craig Smith


Craig R. Smith, professor of communication studies at CSULB, and founder of the Center for First Amendment Studies.  In addition to publishing more than 15 books and 60 articles, he served as a full-time speechwriter to President Gerald Ford and Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca, and was a consultant to George H. W. Bush during his 1980 run for the presidency.  In 2010, he received the Douglas W. Ehninger Award for lifetime achievement in rhetorical scholarship by the National Communication Association.

News and Events - Spring 2012

Sincere thanks to Barbara and Ray Alpert for their generous donation. Read the press release on the Barbara and Ray Alpert Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies for more information.

Current Events

August 8-12
Holocaust Workshop

February 23, 7:30 pm,

Rabbi Carla Howard, “Spiritual Care at the End of Life

March 14, 7:00 pm

Rabbi Miriyam Glazer, Ph.D., “Kosher, Treyf, and Chinese:  The Jewish Matrix of Food and Spirituality

April 19, TBA

Evgeny Tsymbal, “Diary From a Burned Ghetto,” Film and Discussion

May 1, 7:30 pm

Professor Craig Smith, “Writing For the President:  How Speeches Shape Presidential Campaigns



All lectures will be held at Alpert JCC

Student and Community Groups