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The Holt Lecture with - Dana Perino

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The USC Bedrosian Center is excited to welcome Ms. Perino for its Holt Distinguished Lecture Series. Dana Perino served as the 27th White House Press Secretary from September 2007 to January 2009, under President George W. Bush, becoming the first Republican woman to hold the position.

The Holt Distinguished Lecture series, established by long-time Price School Board of Councilors member Dennis Holt and his wife Brooks, is intended to bring in speakers that are leaders in their field to talk about issues regarding communication and public policy. In the last couple of years we have been lucky to feature wonderful speakers such as Robert Caro, Nate Silver and LeVar Burton.

After leaving the White House, Perino has had an active career in the media, serving regularly as a political commentator for Fox News, and more recently becoming a co-host of Fox’s talk show The Five. Last April she also released a New York Times Bestselling book titled And the Good News Is … Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side, in which she reflects on her life experiences, including her terms as Deputy Press Secretary and Press Secretary at the White House.

In this new book, Perino mentions Peggy Noonan’s memoir What I saw at the Revolution (1990) and how influential it was in her professional life and in validating her political views. Noonan worked as a speechwriter for President Reagan and her book chronicles her experiences working in a White House that was very predominantly male and in a time of great changes. In preparation for Dana Perino’s visit we will be discussing Peggy Noonan’s book in this month’s Bedrosian Book Club Podcast (which will be published on our website on October 28th).

We look forward to hearing Ms. Perino talk about communication and public policy from her unique perspective, having been so closely involved both in the government and the media side of politics at a national level. It will be interesting to hear about what it is like to be in the public eye discussing politics, and to get a sense of how it has been for her to be involved in a field that is still predominantly male today.

Speaker:
Dana Perino
Co-host, FOX News Channel’s The Five
Former White House Press Secretary for George W. Bush

Discussant:
Raphael Bostic
Bedrosian Chair Professor
Director, Bedrosian Center on Governance, USC Price

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