As part of the “Edmund Burke Distinguished Speaker Series,” Thomas will discuss topics from his latest book “The Wit and Wisdom of Cal Thomas” as well as provide insight on the American political scene, including the 2008 Presidential Election. Thomas will also sign copies of his book in Farber Hall following the presentation. A graduate of American University, Thomas is a 36-year veteran of print and broadcast journalism. He has worked for NBC, CNBC, PBS and the Fox News Network, where he provides frequent political commentary. Thomas is currently a panelist on the popular “Fox News Watch” show, which airs Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. He also has a new “USA Today” feature called, “Common Ground,” that provides insightful discussion of contentious social issues with political counterpart Bob Beckel, and he has appeared on shows such as “NBC Nightly News,” “Nightline,” “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” CNN’s “Crossfire,” “Larry King Live” and the “Oprah Winfrey Show.” In 1995, Thomas received a Cable Ace Award nomination for Best Interview Program. He’s also been the recipient of awards from the Associated Press and United Press International.

In addition to his latest publication, Thomas has authored several books, including “Things That Matter Most,” “Liberals for Lunch” and “The Death of Ethics in America.” He and his wife, Ray, a family therapist, have four children and eight grandchildren, and reside in the Washington, D.C. area.

This presentation, which is free and open to the public, is made possible through a generous donation by USD alumnus James Bunt and is hosted by the W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership. Established in 1997 by the South Dakota Board of Regents as a Center of Excellence, USD’s W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership provides 20 students annually the opportunity to pursue an academic minor in civic leadership. These studies prepare students to face difficult public problems in a shared manner consistent with constitutional values.

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