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Dear Charleston Community:

You are invited to participate in the 2011-2012 Bully Pulpit Series at the College of Charleston. Free to the public, the Bully Pulpit Series offers members of the Charleston community the opportunity to meet presidential candidates as well as engage in a meaningful dialogue about issues of importance including, but not limited to, the bully pulpit powers of the presidency.

Please visit our website often for scheduled events as well as information relevant to the Bully Pulpit Series and the 2012 Presidential Primary in South Carolina. In addition, I have included some frequently asked questions below in an effort to facilitate your participation in this important event series.

I look forward to seeing you at the Bully Pulpit!


Amanda Ruth-McSwain
Director, Bully Pulpit Series



What is the Bully Pulpit Series?

The Bully Pulpit is a series of conversations with the major candidates for President who intend to participate in the 2012 South Carolina Presidential Primaries.

Who has participated in the Bully Pulpit Series?

The Bully Pulpit is a non-partisan series that has hosted President Barack Obama, Senator John McCain, Senator John Edwards, and Congressman Ron Paul during the 2008 Primary Season. The Bully Pulpit provided candidates access to an engaged audience of college students, community members as well as regional and national media proving to be an important southern stop on the campaign trail.

Where is the Bully Pulpit Series located?

The Bully Pulpit takes place on the College of Charleston campus in the heart of historic Charleston, SC. As the second-largest city in the state of South Carolina, Charleston’s unequaled beauty, warm hospitality, and unique public spaces provide a wonderful backdrop for this unique event series. For more information about the College of Charleston, please visit http://www.cofc.edu

Do I need to purchase a ticket for a Bully Pulpit event?

All Bully Pulpit events are open to the public and free to attend. Tickets will be required for larger events. If applicable, information on ticket distribution will be available under the Events section of the website.

What can I expect when I attend a Bully Pulpit event?

Most Bully Pulpit events offer a town hall format where presidential candidates have the opportunity to address the audience followed by a question and answer period. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time, and events typically last 30 to 45 minutes.

Who is responsible for the Bully Pulpit Series? 

The series is sponsored by the College of Charleston with support from its Department of Communication, which has asked its prestigious Advisory Council to develop and monitor this series. For more information about the Department of Communication, please visit http://www.cofc.edu/communication. To read additional information on the Department of Communication Advisory Council and review the list of members,  please visit http://communication.cofc.edu/advisorycouncil/index.php.

Who can I contact for more information about the Bully Pulpit Series?

Please contact the director of the series, Amanda Ruth-McSwain, Ph.D., with questions or concerns. Contact information can be found here.