Charleston, S.C. (August 11, 2011)– The Department of Communication at the College of Charleston announced today that the College will again invite presidential candidates from the two major political parties to the College of Charleston campus to discuss the importance of presidential communication.
“The Bully Pulpit Series: Reflections on Presidential Communication” is a non-partisan series that takes place prior to the South Carolina presidential primaries in February, and will provide the campus and Charleston communities an opportunity to interact with the candidates for President.
The Bully Pulpit 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 along the campaign trail.
“During the first, very successful series for the 2007-2008 Presidential Primary Season, we were able to provide a forum for the campus and community to discuss important topics with the top candidates and hope to do so again during this primary season,” said Amanda Ruth-McSwain, Director of the Bully Pulpit Series. “We are thrilled to invite the major candidates running for President of the United States in 2012 to the College of Charleston this fall.”
“The Bully Pulpit series is a unique forum for Presidential candidates to discuss with our students and the greater Charleston community the nature of presidential communication,” said P. George Benson, President of the College of Charleston. “The series provides an opportunity for our students to gain valuable insights into the American political system.”
The Bully Pulpit Series at the College of Charleston is a joint effort of the College’s Department of Communication and the Department of Communication Advisory Council.
“The Department of Communication and the College are thrilled to be sponsoring the Bully Pulpit series for the second primary season,” said Bethany Goodier, chair of the Department of Communication at the College of Charleston. “This important series offers students and community members a valuable opportunity to hear presidential candidates speak candidly about the value of communication and the powers of the ‘bully pulpit’ to persuade and inform the public.”
Department of Communication
With the largest undergraduate major at the College of Charleston, the Department of Communication enrolls over 700 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs. Students in the department study such topics as political communication, interpersonal communication, journalism, and public relations.
College of Charleston
The College of Charleston is a nationally preeminent, public liberal arts and sciences university located in the heart of historic Charleston,South Carolina. With a student population of approximately 9800 undergraduates and 1400 graduate students, the College is known for its small-college feel blended with the advantages and diversity of an urban, mid-sized university. Founded in 1770, the College of Charleston is among the nation’s top universities for quality education, student life and affordability.