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Juan Williams, journalist and political analyst, earned a BA degree in Philosophy at Haverford College and has subsequently received an honorary doctorate from Harvard College and State University of New York. He spent twenty-three years with the Washington Post as editorial writer, op-ed columnist, White House and National Correspondent; additionally, he has covered major political campaigns from 1980-2000. Juan has also written for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. He has published in The Atlantic Monthly and Time magazine as well as authoring Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965, Thurgood Marshall: American Revolution, and Enough. Juan has earned an Emmy Award for his television documentary work as well as a Political Commentator Award from the American Association of University Women. His television documentaries such as Politics: The New Black Power, A. Philip Randolph: For Jobs and Freedom, Civil Rights and the Press, Riot and Discovery, and Dying for Healthcare have received critical praise. Additionally, Juan has also served many years as NPR's afternoon talk-show host of Talk of the Nation before he expanded his role to become a political analyst for Fox News, appearing as a guest-host for "The O'Reilly Factor," and regular panelist for "Fox News Sunday" and "Special Report with Bret Baier." Norman J. Ornstein, political scientist and research scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), earned his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and has been a regular contributor to the Washington Post as well as writing a weekly column for Roll Call. He has published The Permanent Campaign and Its Future as well as co-authored The Broken Branch: How Congress is Failing America and How to Get it Back on Track and Vital Statistics on Congress 2008. He is also an election analyst for CBS News and sits on many advisory boards including the Institute for Law and Politics at the University of Minnesota Law School and Future of American Democracy Foundation. He is the Founder and Director of the Campaign Finance Work Group, which helped shape the "McCain-Feingold" campaign-financing reform law. He co-directs the Election Reform Party as well as co-directs (with Thomas Mann) the AEI-Brookings Election Reform Packet. He has testified on filibusters to the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration and on Lobbying Reform to the U.S. House Committee on Rules. Kathleen Parker won the prestigious H. L. Mencken Writing Award in 1993 and was named one of the nation's Top Five Columnists in both 2004 and 2005 by The Week magazine. In 2010, Kathleen was awarded with the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for her political opinion columns. Kathleen's work has appeared in the Washington Post, The Weekly Standard, Time, Town & Country, Cosmopolitan, and Fortune Small Business among others. She has been a guest on both The O'Reilly Factor and Chris Matthews Show and sits on the Board of Contributors of USA Today's Forum Page. Kathleen has also been a contributor to The Daily Beast. She earned both a BA and MA degree from Florida State University in Spanish Literature and also studied in Valencia, Spain during part of her undergraduate degree. She was recently the co-host with Elliot Spitzer for ParkerSpitzer show before deciding to devote all of her time and energy to her syndicated column, which is published in over 400 newspapers. The "Queen of Talk," Patricia Cunningham is the host of the popular radio show, the Patricia Cunningham Show, discussing news and community issues in Las Vegas. A graduate of Ohio State University and an advocate for social justice, she has served or is currently serving as a member of several community groups such as the UNLV President's Task Force on Equity and Diversity, the Nevada State College Diversity Council and the Clark County School District Superintendent's Committee. She is the recipient of the Black Pioneer of Nevada award, a Community Impact Award and the Rose Award by the Professional Black Woman's Alliance, among other numerous accolades. In interviews and other capacities, she has lent her expertise, her voice talents, and her distinct perspective to documentaries such as PBS's Las Vegas: An Unconventional History and other projects ranging in topics from Kwanzaa to AIDS Prevention. Patricia can be heard every Saturday morning at 11:00 on Power 88 (KCEP 88.1).


Conservatism; Liberalism; Political science; Politics; Practical; United States


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Location: Stan Fulton Ballroom, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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