By Stephanie Steinbrecher ‘16Staff Writer
From Eleanor Clift to Tom Hayden to Abigail Disney, last semester saw its fair share of liberal lecturers on the stage of Garrison Theater and in the Hampton Room. On Feb. 7, a face and mind different from the rest will be added to the impressive list of guest speakers at Scripps. Dr. Charles Krauthammer, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and well-known conservative political commentator and syndicated columnist, will visit Scripps courtesy of the Elizabeth Hubert Malott Public Affairs Program.
“Dr. Krauthammer was invited specifically to be the 7th Annual Elizabeth Hubert Malott Public Affairs Program speaker for 2013,” said Ambika Bist ’15, the 2012-2013 Malott Commons Program Associate. The goal of this program is to “bring the world to Scripps students through speakers with politically conservative points of view and expertise in areas of public policy,” said Bist. The Public Affairs Program is the only lecture series that specifically aims to bring conservative speakers to the Scripps community with the purpose of broadening students’ perspectives.
“Liza Malott Pohle, trustee to Scripps College and daughter of Elizabeth Hubert Malott, said ‘college campuses are perceived to be liberal environments. My mother’s program would bring a more conservative—and different—point of view to campus,’” said Bist. Krauthammer, the Malott Commons team believes, will provide that difference.
“The National Review” hailed Krauthammer as “Obama’s critic-in-chief.” As such, Krauthammer is set to speak about the Obama administration and the role of the GOP on Feb. 7 in Garrison Theater.
Krauthammer is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his political commentary, was named by “The Financial Times” as the most influential political commentator in America, and is known for his bold and original writing as a syndicated columnist for The Washington Post.
“We hope that Dr. Krauthammer, like past speakers, will bring a unique opinion to the Scripps College community,” said Bist on behalf of Malott Commons. “Our intention is for students to engage in lively and informative conversation with him during the small group discussion as well as the question-answer portion of the talk.”
Priority seating in Garrison Theater will be given to members of the Scripps community with their Scripps ID. All other seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The presentation starts at 7:30 p.m.