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Journalist Hendrik Hertzberg Speaks about the 2008 Presidential Election

The Covenant College Student Senate in conjunction with the World Journalism Institute presents guest speaker Hendrik Hertzberg at Covenant College on Tuesday, December 9 at 8:00 pm in the Sanderson Hall auditorium.


Hertzberg, who exclusively covered the 2008 presidential campaign for The New Yorker, will provide an "autopsy" of the 2008 election, along with a question-and-answer time of dialogue with the audience.


The event is open to the public free of charge.


Throughout his career, Hendrik Hertzberg twice was editor for The New Republic, served for three years as President Jimmy Carter's chief speechwriter, and is currently a senior editor and staff writer for The New Yorker.


Hertzberg comes to Covenant at the invitation of Covenant College student James Harrison '10, a community development major who met Hertzberg while studying at the World Journalism Institute in New York City in the summer. Harrison heard Hertzberg speak and interviewed him for an assignment, and reports being surprised when Hertzberg invited him to attend a prestigious journalism awards banquet at which he was a presenter. Harrison then invited Hertzberg to Covenant. "I didn't think it would work out, but he agreed to come, and so here we are," said Harrison.


"Mr. Hertzberg is an extremely well-respected, informed, and articulate journalist who probably has a much keener insight than we as Covenant College students into the political arena of America," said Student Senate President Kat Kimball '09. "[Hosting him] allows for us to better understand the world around us and to lovingly engage with someone who will most likely greatly differ from our own beliefs-two things that we as students should be eager to do."


Hertzberg also will speak to an American Politics class during his visit.


The views expressed by Covenant-sponsored speakers and other college guests do not necessarily represent the views of Covenant College or its constituencies.