The Bully Pulpit Series at the College of Charleston will host Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) for a town hall event. Sanders will meet with faculty, staff, students and the community as part of the College of Charleston’s “Bully Pulpit Series” Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019.
The event will take place in the Johnson Center Gymnasium at 30 George St. at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. The event is free to attend and open to the public. Please note that CofC has a clear bag policy for this event. Only clear bags will be allowed into the building. Please view the clear bag policy here.
Sanders graduated with his bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago. He was elected mayor of Burlington, Vermont in 1981, defeating the incumbent, and was re-elected to that post three times. In 1990, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and served in that role until 2007. In 2006 he was elected to the U.S. Senate and was re-elected in 2012 and 2018. He is the longest-serving Independent in congressional history.
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 halls and through their social networks – to create curious, informed and engaged individuals who are ready and able to engender political and social change. 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.