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January Newsmakers Series Underway

December 19th, 2012


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Dr. Marvin Olasky, host of the
Newsmaker Interview Series


The first Newsmakers Interview Series of the New Year kicked off January 9 with political analyst and author Os Guinness and features another fascinating line-up of distinguished guests, including Tucker Carlson and Steve Forbes.

The interviews will, as always, be webcast live from the Barbara Hodel Center coffeehouse.

January’s guests feature:




Os Guinness

On Wednesday, January 9, at 12:40 p.m., Os Guinness, author, social critic, and political analyst, paid a visit to PHC. Born in China, Guinness is the great-great-great-grandson of Arthur Guinness, the Dublin brewer. He was a witness to the climax of the Chinese revolution in 1949, and returned to England in 1951, where he went to school and college. Today, as a political analyst, social critic, and author of many books, Guiness recently released A Free People’s Suicide, which examines today’s America, which, he argues, has arrived at that point at which all of history’s great civilizations have stumbled. That’s the moment when their citizens became their own worst enemies, thinking and living at odds with the values and principles upon which their nation was built.

Previously, Os was a freelance reporter with the BBC. Since coming to the United States in 1984, he has been a Guest Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies and a Guest Scholar and Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Os has written or edited thirty books on a wide range of themes, including The American Hour, Time for Truth, The Call, Invitation to the Classics, Long Journey Home, Unspeakable, and A Case for Civility.



Tucker Carlson


On Thursday, January 10, at 10:45 a.m., Tucker Carlson, political news correspondent, dialoged with Mr. Olasky. Carlson joined CNN as its youngest anchor ever, and soon became co-host of Crossfire, where he represented the political right in heated daily jousts with the left. He later hosted MSNBC’s Tucker and has worked as a Fox News commentator. Today he is editor-in-chief of the political website The Daily Caller.

Carlson began his journalism career as a member of the editorial staff of Policy Review, a national conservative journal then published by the Heritage Foundation. As a magazine and newspaper journalist, Carlson has reported from around the world, and he has been a columnist for New York and Reader's Digest. He has also written for Esquire, The Weekly Standard, The New Republic, The New York Times Magazine, and The Daily Beast. In January 2010, Carlson and former Vice President Dick Cheney aide Neil Patel launched the political news website The Daily Caller, which he says is not be tied to ideology but rather will be "breaking stories of importance."




Stuart Taylor, Jr.

On Thursday, January 10, at 12:20 p.m., Stuart Taylor, Jr.  arrived on campus. Stuart Taylor, Jr. is an author, journalist, and a leading Supreme Court expert covering the Court for The New York Times, Newsweek, and National Journal. He has authored a new book on affirmative action that will be decided by the Court in the spring. He is a regular columnist for The National Journal, a contributing editor at Newsweek, and a nonresident Senior fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. He comments on legal affairs and focuses frequently on the Supreme Court, appearing in many publications such as The Atlantic, Slate, The New Republic, and The Wall Street Journal.
Taylor served as a senior writer for American Lawyer Media between 1989 and 1997, lectured at Princeton University for one year, was a reporter and Supreme Court correspondent for The New York Times and the Baltimore Sun. He also worked for the D.C. law firm of WilmerHale.



Rosaria Butterfield


On Friday, January 11, at 12:40 p.m., author Rosaria Butterfield spoke. Butterfield is a former lesbian who is now a pastor's wife and the author of a powerful new book, The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert, detailing her conversion to Christianity and the turbulent transition from her former lifestyle. She and her husband lived in Purcellville in early 2000s. In her own words, Rosaria “was living a very good life. She had a tenured position at a large university in a field for which she cared deeply. She owned two homes with her partner… was involved in volunteer work… and was a respected advisor of students and her university department's curriculum. And then, in her late 30s, Rosaria encountered … the idea that Christianity, a religion that she had regarded as problematic and sometimes downright damaging, might be right about who God was, an idea that flew in the face of the people and causes that she most loved.”

Her story describes her transformation as a "train wreck" at the hand of the supernatural. The book shares her secret thoughts about those events, as she asks the question: “I sometimes wonder, when I hear other Christians pray for the salvation of the ‘lost,’ if they realize that this comprehensive chaos is the desired end of such prayers.”




Steve Forbes

On Monday, January 14, at 12:40 p.m., Steve Forbes, President and CEO of Forbes, Inc., paid a visit to PHC. Forbes is an American publishing executive who was twice a candidate for the nomination of the Republican Party for president. He is the editor-in-chief of business magazine Forbes as well as president and chief executive officer of its publisher, Forbes, Inc. He is the son of longtime Forbes magazine publisher Malcolm Forbes and the grandson of that publication's founder, B.C. Forbes.

While a student at Princeton, he founded his first magazine, Business Today, with two other students. Business Today is currently the largest student-run magazine in the world.


Kay Coles James

On Tuesday, January 15, at 12:20 p.m., Kay Coles James, President and Founder of Gloucester Institute, will be dialoging with Mr. Olasky. The former Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources is now involved, as President and Founder of the Gloucester Institute, in training leadership principles to young African Americans. She has become a sought after expert and social commentator on the subtle ways in which society can and must lift up the disadvantaged.

In a 1994 interview, James said she hoped to use her visibility as a "bully pulpit to change the culture." In 2003, she was named the 2003 Distinguished Christian Statesman, which described her as a Christian statesman who "makes it clear that the only way to transform any culture is from the inside out and that 'the children of God will be called upon to lead the way.'"




Thomas Lake

On Wednesday, January 16, at 12:40 p.m., Thomas Lake will arrive on campus. The award-winning 31-year-old senior Sports Illustrated writer is also a Christian. Thomas Lake has written many high profile stories for SI, and uses investigative reporting techniques to chase down intriguing leads, including those that “uncover good deeds and prove people right.”

In 2006, working for the St. Petersburg Times, his story “Dismembered Again,” told the gruesome story of insurance fraud in a small Florida town, and won a first-place award from the American Association of Sunday and Features Editors. In 2008, he penned the story, “2 on 5,” which won the Henry Luce Award for most outstanding story of 2008 in all of Time Inc., the largest magazine publisher in the United States. His other award-winning stories include one about a boy who ran himself to death at football practice to please his father and his coach, a basketball shot that saved people from a tornado, the kidnapping of a baseball player in Venezuela, and the coach who was falsely accused of cutting Michael Jordan in high school. 

Don’t miss this impressive lineup of speakers! If you are unable to attend in person, tune into our live WEBCAST!