Watch “The Art of Public Speaking” right here!

Robert Russell, YSD ’89, actor and comedian, spoke at Yale on September 16.  Here, we present the video of this sold-out, acclaimed event!


The description from the event:
Public speaking has been a vital means of personal empowerment and civic engagement throughout history. The need for effective public speaking will almost certainly touch you sometime in your life. When it does, you want to be ready. But even if you never give another speech in your life, you still have much to gain from studying public speaking. Your speech class will give you training in researching topics, organizing your ideas, and presenting yourself skillfully. This training is invaluable for every type of communication. In short, being a good public speaker can enhance your reputation, boost your self-confidence and open up countless opportunities.

Robert Russell, YSD ’89 is an accomplished actor and comedian with an extensive theatrical background. He has been seen on the TV hits, ER, Civil Wars, and in the feature films Chaplin, Inside Monkey Zetterland, The Permeable Man, The Proprietor and Advice and Dissent with Eli Wallach and Rebecca Pidgeon. He toured nationally in Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys starring Mickey Rooney and Donald O’Connor. At the Yale School of Drama, he directed and co-starred with Paul Giamatti in Glengarry Glen Ross. Robert teaches Theatre, and Public Speaking at Yeshiva University, as well as Business Communications at the Sy Syms School of Business. He is the Artistic Director of the Stern College Dramatic Society, and has also taught Acting at the University of New Haven. A New Haven native, Robert is the proud son of the late comedian and Jewish humorist Joey Russell.