Saturday, February 8, 2020

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln had a poetic literary sensibility. He was aware of the right rhythm and sound. An editor of the Gettysburg Address might say that ‘Eighty-seven years ago’ is shorter. Lincoln wrote instead, ‘Four score and seven years ago.’” 
Ted Sorensen

"Abraham Lincoln always struggled to see the thing or the idea exactly and to express that idea in such language as to convey that idea precisely." 
Lincoln's law partner, William Henry Herndon.

"Abraham Lincoln respected the meanings of words, and he wrote and spoke with clarity. He knew what he was talking about. He had consummate skill in logical analysis. He was able to put profound thoughts simply. He was sincere and earnest. He had both dignity and humor. His language was pungent and he knew the art of timing. He was a master of balance and had an ear for rhythm. He could rise to a lofty eloquence that has not been surpassed in the history of oratory. "
Historian Theodore Blegen

Thursday, October 31, 2019

E.B. White on Style

“There is no satisfactory explanation of style, no infallible guide to good writing, no assurance that a person who thinks clearly will be able to write clearly, no key that unlocks the door, no inflexible rule by which writers may shape their course. Writers will often find themselves steering by stars that are disturbingly in motion."


Wednesday, October 30, 2019

What is the Great Presentations Institute?

GPI is an esteemed center for intellectual and practical dialog about the ways we present science in speech and writing.

We believe that scientists must build excellent writing and presentation skills in addition to technical and research abilities so they can write about and talk about their work with colleagues, co-workers, their students, government agencies, funding agencies, business and industry partners, and the general public. And we believe that all ways of presenting science ideas and stories must be done at the highest level of excellence.

GPI hosts instructional seminars throughout the year as well as opportunities for science professionals and advanced science students to present their work and receive feedback and mentoring.

GPI also develops writing and presentation skills teachers -- professionals representing the future of excellence in science communication in practice.

CONTACT - Please contact Janet Kayfetz at if you have questions about GPI.

Janet L. Kayfetz, Ph.D.
Founder, GPI

Friday, October 25, 2019

Making Your Thesis Proposal Great - Columbia University GPI/GEEC July 25, 2019

Read about GPI's inaugural event at Columbia during Summer 2019. 
Thank you to our hosts -- GEEC/Graduate Electrical Engineering at Columbia.