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    Please, please read the Public Orator's speech at the Oxford Encaenia presenting Aung San Suu Kyi for an honorary doctorate.

    It's in Latin, with an English translation, here. The power of Latin as the language of public rhetoric is undimmed; it can still move, as no other language can.  Perhaps because it's been doing it for so long.

    Read it.

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