Symone D. Sanders to Deliver Culver Lecture on Sept. 25

One of the rising stars among political and cultural analysts will deliver the 8th Annual Culver Lecture at 7 p.m. on Sept. 25 on the Simpson College campus.

Symone D. Sanders is a Democratic strategist, communications consultant, CNN political commentator, and a Spring 2018 Resident Fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics.

The Culver Lecture will be held in Hubbell Hall on the second floor of the Kent Campus Center at Simpson. Admission is free  and the public is invited.

Sanders’ entry into political life began early. At 16, she introduced former President Bill Clinton at a luncheon in her hometown of Omaha. “Symone spoke so well I really hate to follow her,” Clinton said.

At 25, Sanders became national press secretary for the presidential campaign of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, making her the youngest presidential candidate press secretary on record. Rolling Stone magazine included her in a list of 16 young Americans shaping the 2016 election.

She has been featured on NPR, Fox News, MSNBC, NBC, BET and TV One. She currently can be seen on CNN as a political commentator. She has been profiled in the Washington Post, the New Yorker, ESSENCE Magazine, and ELLE.

Sanders draws from her experience on the national stage to provide perspective and analysis on political and social issues. Her lively presentations challenge the conventional wisdom that strong communities are only defined by what they have in common. Instead, she outlines the way our differences contribute to effective social movements.

The bipartisan Culver Lecture series is one of the highlights of the academic year for the John C. Culver Public Policy Center at Simpson College, established in 2010 to honor the service of John C. Culver, who served the people of Iowa for 16 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

Previous Culver Lecture speakers have included the following:

*U.S. Senator and 1972 Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern

*Columnist Mark Shields

*New York Times Supreme Court reporter Linda Greenhouse

*U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson.

*David Axelrod, political consultant and special assistant to President Obama

*Journalist and political historian Elizabeth Drew

*Former Defense Secretary and U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel



The John C. Culver Public Policy Center was established at Simpson College in 2010 to honor the service of John C. Culver, who served the people of Iowa for 16 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.


Simpson College strives to honor the example of John C. Culver by inspiring young people to pursue careers in public service with integrity and moral courage. The Center’s nonpartisan programs seek to educate and inspire young people to actively participate in our democracy and encourage them to consider public service as their life’s work.


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The John C. Culver Public Policy Center