Free and Open to the Public: Stuttering on the Big Screen…Is ‘The King’s Speech’ Fact or Fiction?

Steinhardt’s Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders will host “The King’s Speech: Fact or Fiction? An Interdisciplinary Look at Stuttering in the Oscar-winning Film,” a panel discussion featuring speech and theatre professionals, on Thursday, May 5, 6-8 p.m. at NYU’s Cantor Film Center, 36 E. 8th St. (at University Place).

This year’s Oscar winner for best picture, The King’s Speech, brought a story about stuttering to a worldwide audience. But does the film tell the whole truth about this condition? This interdisciplinary panel discussion will look at stuttering and its treatment from a variety of perspectives and reflect upon the interaction of drama and reality. Panelists will include a geneticist who recently identified a link to stuttering, researchers and speech pathologists who look at stuttering from different points of view, and vocal coaches and theatre professionals.

The panel will be comprised of: Taro Alexander, founder and director of Our Time, a non-profit association that helps children who stutter, and a professional actor, teacher, and director; Lee Caggiano, director of friends, the National Association of Young People Who Stutter; fluency specialist John A. Haskell; Changsoo Kang, a fellow at the Laboratory of Molecular Genetics, National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders; Irene Kling, a faculty member at NYU Steinhardt and a trainer at Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting and Mannes College, the New School for Music; and Mitchell Trichon, a faculty member in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at St. John’s College and a member of the board of directors of National Stuttering Association.

The event is free and open to the public. RSVP (preferred) at:

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For more information, call 212.998.5001. Subway Lines: A, C, D, E, F, M (West 4th Street); N, R (8th Street); 6 (Astor Place).