The Department of Communication, the Department of Political Science and the Department of Communication Advisory Council will host a conversation about the recent South Carolina gubernatorial race, continuing the tradition of the Bully Pulpit Series on political communication.  The event will be held Friday, January 21, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Stern Center Ballroom on the beautiful and historic College of Charleston campus.

As part of this non-partisan panel discussion, representatives from both sides of the aisle will consider the role of communication in political campaigns and effective governance as well as the expanding role of social media and Web 2.0. The panel will include the campaign managers from both Governor Haley and gubernatorial candidate Vince Sheheen’s campaigns. Two representatives who actively participated in the grassroots efforts to engage constituents will balance out the panel. Robert Behre, Reporter, The Post and Courier, will moderate the event.

“This reflective look at our most recent local gubernatorial race will present our students with a sound framework for analysis of political communication in the 2012 elections,” said Beth Goodier, chair of the Department of Communication. “The expanding role of social media and Web 2.0 makes this conversation even more vital.”

Throughout the presentation, attendees will be encouraged to engage the panelists. A reception will be held immediately following the discussion. The event is free and open to the public.

The Department of Communication Advisory Council promotes the recognition and progress of communication instruction at the College of Charleston. The Advisory Council is made up of an outstanding and nationally prominent group of communication professionals who aid the Department of Communication in developing curricula, creating and improving departmental programs, and calling attention to the many accomplishments of the department’s students and faculty.

With one of the largest undergraduate majors at the College of Charleston, the Department of Communication enrolls more than 800 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs. Students in the department study such topics as political communication, interpersonal communication, journalism, and public relations. The department is housed in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.


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