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February Newsmakers Series Line-up Announced

February 12th, 2013

By Chelsea Rankin.

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Dr. Marvin Olasky, host of the
Newsmaker Interview Series


The semester’s second Newsmakers Interview Series with Marvin Olasky is kicking off on February 25 with Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and features another fascinating line-up of distinguished guests. The interviews are free to the public and will, as always, be webcast live from the Barbara Hodel Center coffeehouse. If you are unable to attend the lecture, but would like to ask the speaker a question, tweet your question to @patrickhenrycol during the lecture.

February’s guests feature:


Michele Bachmann
On Monday, February 25, at 12:40 p.m., Congresswoman Michele Bachmann will pay a visit to PHC. Bachmann is the first Republican woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota. Before serving in the U.S. Congress, Bachmann served in the Minnesota State Senate from 2000 to 2006 and championed the Taxpayers Bill of Rights. Prior to that, Bachmann spent five years as a federal tax litigation attorney, working on hundreds of civil and criminal cases. As a leading opponent of Obamacare, Michele was the first member to submit a bill to repeal the program. She supports the Tea Party movement, and helped found the House Tea Party Caucus. She has earned a reputation as a “principled reformer” who stays true to her conservative beliefs.

Bachmann and her husband have five children, and have provided foster care for 23 teenage girls. They opened up their home to provide care for girls with eating disorders.

Ramesh Ponnuru

On Tuesday, February 26, at 12:20 p.m., Ramesh Ponnuru, senior editor for the National Review magazine, will dialogue with Mr. Olasky. A conservative pundit, Ponnuru has appeared on many news interview programs, and has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, TIME magazine, Financial Times, Newsday, The Weekly Standard, Policy Review, The New Republic, First Things and the Wall Street Journal. In 2006, he authored a book entitled The Party of Death: The Democrats, the Media, the Courts, and the Disregard for Human Life. He is also the author of a monograph about Japanese industrial policy entitled The Mystery of Japanese Growth. He is a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

Ponnuru attended Princeton University and graduated summa cum laude with a degree in history.


Dave Swavely

On Wednesday, February 27, at 12:40 p.m., author Dave Swavely will arrive on campus. He is the author of numerous books, both fiction and non-fiction. His fiction includes the futuristic action/mystery novel Silhouette and its upcoming sequel Kaleidocide. Swavely has written many articles, songs, and poems, and has spoken at conferences throughout the country. His non-fiction titles include Life in the Father’s House, Decisions Decisions, Who Are You to Judge?, and From Embers to a Flame. He has edited books by Dr. John MacArthur, including Introduction to Biblical Counseling.
Swavely has served as a pastor in four churches and as a founding principal of two schools. He loves playing basketball, watching USC football, and reading graphic novels. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and their seven children.


Cal Thomas


On Thursday, February 28, at 12:20 p.m., radio commenter Cal Thomas will share his thoughts with Dr. Olasky on everything from the state of the Union to the state of the Church. He is a conservative American columnist and author syndicated in over 550 newspapers and is heard on over 300 radio stations. In the 1970s he worked as a reporter at NBC News, and later worked as a panelist on Fox News Watch. For two years, he hosted his own show on CBNC, and his program was nominated for a Cable ACE Award in 1995 as the best interview program on cable. He hosted After Hours With Cal Thomas on Fox News until 2005 and has written 10 books, including Mumbai Explained, Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That Is Destroying America, The Death of Ethics in America, and The Things That Matter Most. His latest book is The Wit and Wisdom of Cal Thomas. Thomas has written extensively about political issues he supports, and has written much about America’s relations with Israel.

Cal Thomas is married, and he and his wife have four grown children. They live in Alexandria, Virginia.

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