Splash Biography

STEVEN ROME, Yale senior studying History and Political Science

Major: History and Political Science

College/Employer: Yale

Year of Graduation: 2020

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I'm a senior at Yale who loves history, politics, and baseball. In school, I've studied American political and cultural history, with a focus on the Civil War and Reconstruction. I love teaching and learning, and I look forward to another year at Splash!

Past Classes

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H3992: Abraham Lincoln: The Man, The Myth, The Legend? in Splash Fall 2019 (Nov. 16, 2019)
More has been written about Abraham Lincoln than just about everyone except Jesus. But in this class, we'll hear from Honest Abe himself. What is myth about America's 16th president, and what is true? How did Lincoln change over time? By reading some of his key texts, we will explore one of America's most complicated—and important—political characters.

X4001: Speechcraft and Verbal Wizardry in Splash Fall 2019 (Nov. 16, 2019)
Impress strangers. Influence friends. Win applause from more than just your mother. In this class, we'll teach you not just to speak—but to be heard. Join us to learn about the psychology of how people remember our words, how to structure a speech, and how to deliver it. We'll talk about style, mechanics, and delivery, and learn from the best (and worst) speeches in our country's history. And you may just get to try out a speech yourself. Some may say it's just a lot of hot air—but we say, hot air is on the rise.

H3660: Abraham Lincoln: The Man, The Myth, The Legend? in Splash Spring 19 (Apr. 06, 2019)
We've all heard about Honest Abe. Now, let's hear from him. In this class, we'll read a selection of Lincoln's speeches and writings to understand the man behind the myth. What did Lincoln really think about slavery and race? How radical was he? Where did he fit in with the politics of his time? How did he change over time? What did he think and do before he emerged on the national scene? And why has Abraham Lincoln become such a legendary figure in the American consciousness? This class will help you think critically about American history and political writing, giving you a toolbox to analyze today's political rhetoric by focusing on perhaps the greatest writer ever to be president. In the midst of the divisiveness of the current political climate, understanding Lincoln is as important as ever. And, just as importantly, reading Lincoln is fun — honestly.