The Bully Pulpit Series at the College of Charleston will host a town hall meeting with former congressman and South Carolina Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joe Cunningham on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 5 p.m. in room 101 of the Rita Liddy Hollings Science Center located at 58 Coming Street.

Doors open for this event at 4:30 p.m. Please note that CofC has a clear bag policy for this event, and only clear bags will be allowed in the building.

Cunningham served as the U.S. representative from South Carolina’s 1st congressional district from 2019 to 2021. He attended the College of Charleston before graduating from Florida Atlantic University with a degree in ocean engineering. After graduation, he worked for a marine and environmental consulting firm in Naples, Florida, for five years before being laid off during the 2008 recession. He later graduated from Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law. After passing the bar exam, Cunningham moved back to Charleston where he began practicing construction law at a downtown firm.

The Bully Pulpit Series at the College of Charleston encourages and facilitates political participation throughout the campus community by providing a platform for dialogue with state and national leaders. Through town hall events with political candidates, the Bully Pulpit Series reinforces the message that citizen interest and involvement are essential components of a healthy democracy.

The program is co-managed by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Department of Communication and the Department of Political Science at the College of Charleston.