Arianna Huffington to Speak at Whittier College 

Whittier College News Release

Whittier College
Office of Public Relations
13406 Philadelphia St.
P.O. Box 634
Whittier, CA  90608-0634
Contact:  Caye Brundage Riley or Karli Gingerich at (562) 907-4974
Sept. 17, 2003    
Reference: 03/04: 12   


Arianna Huffington to Speak at Whittier College 

            Arianna Huffington, political commentator, author, and California gubernatorial candidate, will speak on Fri., Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts at Whittier College.  Huffington’s talk will address issues explored in her most recent book Pigs at the Trough: How Corporate Greed and Political Corruption Are Undermining America.  Caroline Heldman, assistant professor of political science at the college, will then interview Huffington.  Tickets are $10 for the general public and can be purchased by calling the Shannon Center Box Office at (562) 907-4203.

            Huffington is running in California’s gubernatorial recall election against Gray Davis, current governor. 

            Huffington is a nationally syndicated columnist and the author of nine books, including biographies of Maria Callas and Pablo Picasso; The Fourth Instinct, a look at the longing for meaning in a secular world; Greetings from the Lincoln Bedroom, a book of political satire; and How to Overthrow the Government, which deals with corruption in the political system and the need for reform.

            During Campaign ’96, Huffington teamed up with Al Franken to provide coverage for Comedy Central during the Republican and Democratic conventions, as well as on election night.  She and Franken also appeared in a point-counterpoint segment, “Strange Bedfellows,” for Politically Incorrect.  Huffington has appeared on numerous other shows, including Larry King Live, Oprah, Nightline, Inside Politics, Charlie Rose, Rivera Live, Hardball, Firing Line, Good Morning America, and The Today Show.

            In addition, Huffington is also involved in the community, serving on several boards that promote community solutions to social problems, including the Points of Light Foundation and A Place Called Home, an organization that works with at-risk children in South Central Los Angeles.  She also serves on the board of the Reform Institute, working on campaign and election reform issues.

            Huffington holds a master’s in economics from Cambridge University.

            Located 18 miles east of Los Angeles, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering traditional liberal arts majors and strong pre-professional programs taught in the context of the liberal arts.  Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Costa Mesa.

Note to editors:  Huffington will be available to meet with the media from 6:45 p.m.
to 7 p.m. in the Shannon Center’s Founders Room.

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