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February Newsmakers Interview Series with Marvin Olasky Set

February 9th, 2012

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Special Addition to Newsmakers Interview Series

Karen Handel, former senior vice president of the Komen Foundation

Patrick Henry College and Marvin Olasky are pleased to announce that Karen Handel, the former Komen Foundation executive who recently resigned over a funding dispute with the nation's largest abortion provider, will be a Tuesday evening (Feb. 21) guest at the Barbara Hodel Center as part of the February Newsmakers Interview Series. Handel stepped down from her position as senior vice president of Komen Foundation, a breast cancer charity, after Planned Parenthood unleashed a virulent media blitz against Komen's decision in December to discontinue funding to the abortion giant. This notification, according to Handel, prompted Planned Parenthood to launch a "pre-mediated" campaign "that was nothing short of a shakedown to coerce a private entity to give them grants." 

Observed Dr. Olasky, "When Karen Handel earlier this month bravely criticized Planned Parenthood executives' 'shakedown to coerce a private entity to give them grants,' many on the pro-abortion side were furious with her. This interview will give students a chance to hear and question one of this month's big newsmakers, and to see that a woman can knock over one of our contemporary idols and survive." The interview will be webcast live from the Barbara Hodel Center Coffeehouse at 6 p.m.


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Description of Speakers

Round three of the Newsmakers Interview Series with Marvin Olasky kicks off at Patrick Henry College Friday, Feb. 17 through Thursday, Feb. 23, featuring a characteristically eclectic line-up of distinguished guests. During the fall semester, Dr. Marvin Olasky, the College's Distinguished Chair in Journalism and Public Policy, conducted two separate, week-long series of interviews with newsmakers such as Bill Bennett, Senator Jim DeMint, Congressman Trent Franks, authors Ann Voskamp, N.D. Wilson, and Thomas Kidd, and NY Times columnist Ross Douthat, among others.

Documentarian Laura Waters Hinson

The February rotation will be webcast live from Patrick Henry College, and will begin Friday evening, Feb. 17, as filmmaker Laura Waters Hinson continues her nationwide screening tour for As We Forgive, a documentary about post-genocide reconciliation efforts in Rwanda. The movie tells the story of two Rwandan women coming face-to-face with the men who slaughtered their families during the 1994 genocide and explores questions like: Can survivors truly forgive the killers who destroyed their families? Can the government, which returned 50,000 genocide perpetrators back into the very communities they helped to destroy, expect forgiveness? And can the church, which failed to provide moral leadership during the crisis, facilitate reconciliation today? Hinson has screened the movie for the U.S. Congress, the State Department, the Library of Congress, the World Bank and at many colleges and universities. A screening of As We Forgive will follow Dr. Olasky’s interview with Hinson. Nash Auditorium at 7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 20, Eric Teetsel, Project on Values and Capitalism: Dr. Olasky will interview Eric Teetsel, Program Manager for the Project on Values and Capitalism with the American Enterprise Institute, examining Teetsel’s work researching and examining the moral and material nature of a free-market system. Dr. Olasky will also explore Values and Capitalism’s mandate to engage Christian college students and young adults in a conversation about the compatibility of faith and the system of free enterprise. Hodel Center Coffeehouse at noon.

Former Oklahoma Congressman J.C. Watts

Tuesday, Feb. 21, Former Oklahoma Congressman J.C. Watts: Since stepping away from Congress in 2002, J.C. Watts has enjoyed a diverse and fruitful career, pursuing business interests and founding lobbying firm J.C. Watts Companies in Washington, D.C. to champion conservative causes he fought for in Congress. Having opposed the spread of government regulations, advocating for tax reductions and for improved education and training for the poor, the former Oklahoma Sooners quarterback and Baptist minister will reflect with Dr. Olasky on the lessons learned from the “Republican Revolution.” He will speak to students eyeing a political career about the need to maintain one’s moral bearings. Hodel Center Coffeehouse at noon.

Wednesday, Feb. 22, Dr. Ben Carson: In 1987, Dr. Ben Carson made medical history by separating a pair of Siamese twins who were joined at the back of the head, in an operation which had always killed of one or both of the infants. Carson led a 70-member surgical team to successfully separate the still-surviving twins, and he has since spearheaded a number of life-saving surgical innovations. Dr. Olasky will trace Carson’s inspirational story from his impoverished childhood, where he was failing in school, to how his illiterate mother helped him develop a hunger for knowledge that took him to Yale, to medical school, and on to an amazing medical career, numerous books and a worldwide speaking ministry. Hodel Center Coffeehouse at noon.

Dr. Ben Carson receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom from former President George W. Bush

Thursday, Feb. 23, Dr. K.P. Yohannan, Gospel for Asia: Crisscrossing the globe for the last 40 years, Dr. K.P. Yohannan has devoted his life to challenging the Church to radical discipleship and an all-out commitment to Christ that will impact every continent. The founder and international director of Gospel for Asia, a Christian mission organization that has brought the Good News of Christ to million in South Asia in the last 30 years, Dr. Yohannan has worked to support thousands of workers and congregations throughout South Asia. He sponsors programs that have also helped tens of thousands of children escape from poverty and hopelessness. Hodel Center Coffeehouse at noon.

Please join us in-person at Patrick Henry College, or live via webcast, for another fun and stimulating week of interviews with Dr. Olasky and his fascinating line-up of guests. To view these interviews live via webcast, go to the webcast page and see the schedule of events.