In the past month, Total Webcasting was on the scene for not just one, but two presidential events.
The first webcast occurred on September 30, 2019, at Fordham University in New York City. Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, presented a lecture entitled, “Humanitarianism and the Public Intellectual in Times of Crisis.” In addition to the rapt audience on hand at Fordham, many more tuned in to the live webcast from all over the world (not to mention those viewers who accessed the recorded archive). Perhaps it should be no surprise that this was a popular webcast: when the leader of a nation speaks, people tend to listen!
Mr. Higgins is the ninth president of Ireland and has served in this capacity since November 2011. In addition to his political career, President Higgins is also known for being a poet, sociologist and broadcaster. The full lecture can be viewed here.
Our second “presidential” webcast took place a few days later, on October 4 at the University of Connecticut (UConn) campus in Storrs, CT, and although there was no foreign dignitary in attendance, the inauguration of UConn’s new president did not lack pomp and ceremony.
Following a series of presentations given by university faculty members, the inauguration of Thomas Katsouleas as the University of Connecticut’s sixteenth president commenced. The ceremony included musical performances, a poetry reading, and a keynote address from Richard Brodhead, who served as the president of Duke University from 2004-2017 and is a native of Connecticut.
From president to president, it was quite the week for Total Webcasting!