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September Newsmakers Series – Schedule Change

September 25th, 2013

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Due to scheduling changes, week one (Sept. 30 – Oct. 3) of the Fall Newsmakers Interview Series has been slightly adjusted. The Oct. 2 interview with Rev. E.W. Jackson, GOP nominee for lieutenant governor of Virginia, has been changed to Thursday, Oct 3, at 4:00 p.m. in the Hodel Center Coffeehouse. Max McLean, president and artistic director of the Fellowship for the Performing Arts, is no longer appearing on Friday, Oct. 4. In his place, at 12:40 p.m. in the Hodel Center Coffeehouse, is Mark Leibovich, chief national correspondent in Washington D.C. for the New York Times Magazine. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope you can join us Sept. 30 – Oct. 4 for an excellent line-up of Newsmakers interviews. Don’t miss our Newsmaker events, or tune into our live webcast here!


Christina Hoff Sommers

The series kicks off on Monday, September 30 with Christina Hoff Sommers. She is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, is the author of books that criticize contemporary feminism and bring out the Christian feminism of women like Hannah More and Frances Willard. A former philosophy professor, she has written many acclaimed and often controversial books, including Who Stole Feminism? (Touchstone Books, 1995), The War Against Boys (Touchstone Books, 2001), One Nation Under Therapy (St. Martin's Press, 2005), and The Science on Women and Science (AEI Press, 2009). She has also written for The Atlantic. In her books and articles, she differentiates between equity feminism and gender feminism and how the two approaches impact men, women, and society.

Steven James

On Tuesday, October 1 at 12:20, Steven James, the winner of three national awards for best suspense novel and four world honor awards for storytelling, arrives on campus. James writes from a Christian perspective but is critical of the “Christian fiction” genre. He received his MA in Storytelling from East Tennessee State University. While he is most famous for his psychological thrillers, he has also penned books spanning the genres of prayer collections, dramas, monologues, a nine-book series on creative storytelling, young adult fantasy, and inspirational nonfiction, and many other books, including a reimagining of Pilgrim’s Progress. He lives in eastern Tennessee with his family and likes to play Frisbee Golf.


Craig James

Former ESPN broadcaster and New England Patriots running back Craig James will be the College’s guest at Wednesday’s Newsmakers Interview with Marvin Olasky, at 12:40 p.m. in the Hodel Coffeehouse.  James recently lost his job commentating on college football for FOX Sports after just one week, saying he was the victim of religious discrimination. According to an article in NBC Sports, James spent one week working for FOX Sports Southwest before FOX announced that he would not be back, citing comments James made in support of traditional marriage during his 2012 Texas campaign for a seat in the U.S. Senate. James now says those comments were expressions of his religious beliefs, and he says FOX’s statement about his termination was tantamount to a ban on religious people working at the network.


Ryan Bomberger

Ryan and Bethany Bomberger speak on Thursday, October 3 at 12:20. Conceived in rape, Ryan is an Emmy® Award-winning Creative Professional. Now he serves as chief creative officer of the Atlanta-based Radiance foundation he founded with his wife, Bethany, which calls attention to the abortion industry’s targeting of black babies. Ryan, adopted as a baby, grew up in a multi-racial family of 15. He earned his Master’s in Communication from Regent University. Today, he and Bethany work with national civil rights leaders like Dr. Alveda King to oppose and defund Planned Parenthood and have worked extensively with TooManyAborted.com, which addresses the disproportionate impact of abortion on black communities. He is also a featured blogger on LifeNews.com, where he writes about the cultural dynamics of abortion, eugenics, and adoption. Bethany, who has her Master’s in Education, has been written about for her work with Literacy Kits for Children in Afghanistan and the United Way Make a Difference Campaign. She and Ryan were awarded the 2012 Christian Stewardship Alumni Award by their alma mater, Messiah College, for their involvement through The Radiance Foundation.

E.W. Jackson

E.W. Jackson, GOP nominee for lieutenant governor of Virginia and founder of Ministers Take a Stand, comes to campus on Thursday, October 3 at 4:00pm. Jackson (a great-grandson of slaves) hopes, through his work and ministry outreach, to end African-Americans’ “slavish devotion to the Democrat Party.” Jackson graduated from Harvard with a JD. While in law school, he was accepted into the Baptist ministry and studied theology at Harvard Divinity School. Bishop is also the founder of Exodus Faith Ministries, a nondenominational Christian church in Chesapeake and S.T.A.N.D (Staying True to America’s National Destiny), an organization focused on restoring America’s founding values.


Mark Leibovich

Mark Leibovich, chief national correspondent in Washington D.C. for the New York Times Magazine, is coming to Patrick Henry on Friday, October 4 at 12:40. Leibovich joined the New York Times in 2006 after leaving the Washington Post, where he had worked since 1997. Since then, he has become known for his profiles on political and media figures. He received the National Magazine Award in 2011 for his story on Mike Allen, of Politico. The New Republic named Leibovich one of Washington’s 25 Most Powerful, Least Famous People and Washingtonian Magazine called him the “reigning master of the political profile.” He released his bestseller, This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral – Plus, Lots of Valet Parking! – in America’s Guilded Capital in July. This biting and funny documentation of an insider’s view of Washington D.C. has stirred up praise, criticism, and controversy, inside and outside of the city itself. The book is a simultaneously humorous and depressing description of the greed and self-focus of the capitol culture. He currently lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and three daughters.

Stay tuned for news of week two of the Newsmakers fall series, which begins on Nov. 6 through Nov. 12, and features Andy Crouch, executive editor of Christianity Today, biographer Stephen Mansfield, and Christopher and Angela Yuan, co-authors of Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son’s Journey to God.