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Pomona Student Union Hosts Debate on the 2012 Presidential Election

The Pomona Student Union is presenting a debate between radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt and columnist Eric Alterman on the topic of this year’s presidential election. The event will be held on Wednesday, April 18 at 7 p.m. in Pomona College’s Edmunds Ballroom (Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont), followed by a reception.

A former member of the Reagan Administration, Hugh Hewitt is host of the nationally syndicated radio show The Hugh Hewitt Show, heard in more than 100 cities across the nation. Hewitt is the author of numerous books, including A Mormon in the White House?; 10 Things Every American Should Know about Mitt Romney (2007), in which he attempts to refute the claim that a Mormon cannot get elected president. Hewitt was the recipient of three Emmys during his decade as an anchor of a nightly news and public affairs show for the Los Angeles PBS affiliate, KCET. Hewitt teaches constitutional law at Chapman University.

Eric Alterman is a columnist for The Nation and a regular contributor to The Daily Beast. Among his books are The Cause: The Fight for American Liberalism from Franklin Roosevelt to Barack Obama (2012) and Kabuki Democracy: The System vs. Barack Obama (2011). Alterman is the winner of the George Orwell Award, the Jack London Literary Prize and the Mirror Award for media criticism. His political blog Altercation was hosted by from 2002 until 2006, moved to Media Matters for America for two years, and is now hosted by The Nation. Alterman is a professor of English and journalism at Brooklyn College.

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The Pomona Student Union was founded by students in 2003 to inspire open dialogue on campus through a series of challenging and intellectually diverse debates and events.