Pulitzer Prize-winning Columnist, Best-Selling Author to Speak at USC Upstate

October 27, 2017 at 10:00 am

Peggy Noonan, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Wall Street Journal and the author of nine best-selling books on American politics, history and culture, will be the featured speaker at the fifth annual Dr. John B. Edmunds, Jr. Distinguished Lecture Series at the University of South Carolina Upstate 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, 2018 in the Humanities and Performing Arts Center theater.

Noonan, who draws from her experience from both a member of the White House Staff and an observer of politics, will provide “An Evening of Perspective.” She provides a unique and thoughtful analysis of our nation and its leader.

In 2016 Noonan received the Pulitzer Prize for Political Commentary for her coverage of the 2016 Presidential Election. In her most recent book, “The Time of Our Lives,” Noonan chronicles her career in journalism, the Reagan White House, and the political arena.

In 2008 the National Journal dubbed Noonan’s political column indispensable to an understanding of the presidential year, and Forbes Magazine called her column “principled, perceptive, persuasive, and patriotic.” Noonan’s essays have appeared in TIME, Newsweek, The Washington Post and other publications, and she provides frequent political commentary on television.

Noonan was a special assistant to President Ronald Reagan from 1984 to 1986. In 1988 she was chief speechwriter for Vice President George H. W. Bush when he ran for the presidency. Before entering the Reagan White House, Noonan was a producer at CBS News in New York. In 1978 and 1979 she was an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University. She holds honorary doctorates from Miami University, St. John Fisher College, University of Portland, Adelphi University, St. Francis College, Ave Maria University, and her Alma Mater, Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Her books include “Patriotic Grace,” “John Paul the Great: Remembering a Spiritual Father,” a collection of post-9/11 Wall Street Journal columns, “A Heart, a Cross and a Flag,” “When Character Was King: A Story of Ronald Reagan,” “The Case Against Hillary Clinton,” “What I Saw at the Revolution,” “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness,” and “Simply Speaking,”

Tickets are $50 for the general public and $35 for faculty, staff and retirees of USC Upstate, which includes a reception. Student tickets will be offered FREE on a first come, first served basis. Reservations and book purchases may be made beginning Nov. 6, 2017 at www.uscupstate.edu/edmundsseries. The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m.

The Dr. John B. Edmunds, Jr. Distinguished Lecture Series is sponsored by the Department of History, Political Science, Philosophy and American Studies at USC Upstate. The Series has previously featured Pulitzer Prize winners Jon Meacham, Bob Woodward, David McCullough and Rick Atkinson.

Who was Dr. John B. Edmunds, Jr.?

Dr. John B. Edmunds, Jr. served for 43 years as a professor of American history at the University of South Carolina Upstate. A Spartanburg native, Dr. Edmunds earned his Ph.D. in history from the University of South Carolina, where he specialized in the history of the Palmetto State. In 1967, as the first professor hired by the University of South Carolina Upstate, Dr. Edmunds began a career distinguished by excellence as a teacher, a scholar and an administrator. For more than four decades, Dr. Edmunds inspired Upstate students with his enthusiastic teaching.

Dr. Edmunds was known for his encyclopedic knowledge of South Carolina history, his deep affection for his native state, and his ability to convey his love for South Carolina to his students. He was the author of two books, Francis W. Pickens and the Politics of Destruction and The Episcopal Church of the Advent: History and Records, 1848-1998, as well as numerous articles on South Carolina. Dr. Edmunds died Dec. 20, 2016.