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Huffington Featured at 4th Annual Distinguished Speaker Series

Published: October 1, 2010

Nationally syndicated columnist and author Arianna Huffington will be this year’s featured speaker at the fourth annual CSULB Distinguished Speakers Series on Thursday, Oct. 21, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the campus’ Carpenter Performing Arts Center.

Huffington will speak on “Politics and the New Media”, discussing how the internet is shifting power to citizens and having a game-changing impact on the political world.

A nationally recognized voice on politics, Huffington is the editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, one of the best-known news websites in the country, and co-host of the radio talk show “Left, Right, Center,” a popular public radio political roundtable program. She is the author of 13 books, including Third World America, which was released on Sept. 7.

“Huffington is a real pioneer in the new media,” said Art Levine, CSULB professor of legal studies as well as founder and organizer of the CSULB Distinguished Speaker Series. “We are delighted she is coming to CSULB and will be sharing her views on how the new media has given power to everyday citizens and the impact it is having on the political world.”

Levine also noted that with Huffington appearing just three weeks before the national mid-term elections, she is likely to share her views on the Obama Administration and the challenges facing the country.

Huffington regularly appears on such television shows as “Charlie Rose,” “Larry King Live,” “Countdown with Keith Obermann,” “The Daily Show” and “The O’Reilly Factor.” She also currently co-hosts the nationally syndicated “Both Sides Now” radio program along with Mary Matalin.

Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington

Huffington has collected numerous honors and awards, including being named to “Time 100,” Time magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people, in 2006. In 2009, she was named one of the most influential women in media by Forbes magazine, and in 2009 she also was named to the Financial Times’ list of 50 people who shaped the decade.

Reserved tickets to the CSULB Speaker Series event are $45 ($40 with early-bird purchase). Preferred seating is $60, and tickets for seniors are $30. A limited number of sponsor tickets are available at $100, which includes a sponsor reception and dinner with the speaker preceding the event.

For tickets or additional information, visit the Distinguished Speaker Series’ website.

–Rick Gloady