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'Huffington Post' Founder Arianna Huffington To Speak At Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY — The cofounder and editor-in-chief of the popular news and blog website “The Huffington Post” will give a free public lecture at Ithaca College on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Arianna Huffington will discuss “The Modern Journalism Paradox: The Best of Times Amidst the Worst of Times” at 7:30 p.m. in Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall. Her talk is sponsored by the Park Distinguished Visitor Series and Park Center for Independent Media.

“I have always enjoyed bringing together people from many different parts of my life and facilitating interesting conversations,” Huffington said upon the 2005 launch of her website. “These conversations have taken place around dinner tables, or at book parties or on hikes with disparate groups of friends. With ‘The Huffington Post,’ we want to take those conversations — about politics and books and art and music and food and sex — and bring them into cyberspace, which is where so many of us spend so much of our time these days.”

The website quickly became one of the most widely read, linked to and cited media brands on the Internet, leading Huffington to be named in 2006 to “Time” magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people.

Originally from Greece, Huffington moved to England when she was 16 and studied economics at Cambridge University, where she became only the third woman to serve as president of the famed Cambridge Union debating society. After becoming involved with conservative politics following her 1980 move to the United States, she later turned to the left and now describes herself as a “progressive populist.”

In addition to her website, Huffington writes a nationally syndicated column and cohosts the public radio roundtable program “Left, Right & Center.” She has made guest appearances on numerous television shows, including “Charlie Rose,” “Oprah,” “Nightline,” “Real Time with Bill Maher,” “Hardball,” “Today” and “The O’Reilly Factor.” She is the author of a dozen books, ranging from biographies of Picasso and Maria Callas to the sharply worded critique “Pigs at the Trough: How Corporate Greed and Political Corruption Are Undermining America” to the spiritual guide “The Fourth Instinct.”

Huffington heads the Detroit Project, a public interest group that lobbies American automakers to produce cars that have higher fuel efficiency and use alternative fuels. She has served on the boards of several groups that promote community solutions to social problems, including A Place Called Home, which works with at-risk children in South Central Los Angeles.

 The Park Distinguished Visitor Series is made possible through the generosity of the Park Foundation. Past visitors have included author Tom Wolfe, journalists Christiane Amanpour and Bill Moyers, and filmmaker Ken Burns. The Park Center for Independent Media was launched in 2008 as a national center for the study of media outlets that create and distribute content outside traditional corporate systems and news organizations.