The Bully Pulpit Series at the College of Charleston will host a conversation with Democratic presidential candidate Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado. Bennet will meet with faculty, staff, students, and the community as part of the College of Charleston’s “Bully Pulpit Series” on January 10th, 2020.
The event will take place in Alumni Center located at 14 St. Philip Street from 12:30 pm to 1:45 pm. Bennet graduated from Wesleyan University with his bachelor’s degree in history. He earned his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Law Journal. Following graduation, he served as a law clerk for the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.
During the Bill Clinton presidency, Bennet served as Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General. Bennet transitioned from a law career and moved out West, first working at Anschutz Investment Company, and second as Chief of Staff for then-Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper. In 2005, Bennet became superintendent of Denver Public Schools. In 2009, Bennet was named to fill Ken Salazar’s vacated Senate seat. In 2010, he was elected to the Senate, and he won re-election in 2016.
The mission of the Bully Pulpit Series is to encourage and facilitate political participation throughout the College of Charleston community by providing a platform for dialogue with our nation’s leaders. At its core, the series engages today’s youth by meeting students where they are – in the classroom, outside their residence hall and through their social networks – to create curious, informed and engaged individuals who are ready and able to engender political and social change.
As an effort of the College of Charleston Department of Communication and Department of Political Science, the Bully Pulpit Series gives young voters the opportunity to become involved in the political process as well as the issues that affect their communities. Originally created in 2008 to highlight the communication powers of the political pulpit, the mission of the series has expanded as a result of increased student and community interest and engagement.