Arianna Huffington, Dan Rather to Manhattanville College

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By FRANCO FINO

Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, and veteran newsman Dan Rather have made arrangements to appear as guests on Manhattanville College’s Castle Conversations, a new program presented by MasterCard.

Arianna Huffington will launch the series on March 25th at 7:00 PM. Other subsequent dates include Dan Rather on June 24th, astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson on September 9th, and Pulitzer Prize wining author and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin on December 2nd. All guest appearances will take place this 2015 at 7:00 PM in the O’Byrne Chapel in Reid Castle. 

According to castleconversations.org, general seating prices start at $250 per registrant. For anyone seeking premium seating, which includes the first six rows, prices are set at $350 per registrant.

Laura Prostano, Special Assistant to President Strauss, recently sent a blast email to students and faculty members regarding Castle Conversations. The email states “any faculty member (including adjuncts) who wishes to incorporate one of the lectures in his/her course may submit a short proposal to his or her Dean indicating how the lecture will be incorporated into the learning goals for the course in question”. The email goes further on to say that up to six courses will be given the opportunity to receive free tickets for students and faculty members to the lecture.

Dan Rather and Neil DeGrasse Tyson will also host separate lectures from the Castle Conversations series that will be “student-only”.

Christopher D’Amico, a professor and staff member of the Department of Communications, had much to say about the arrival of Arianna Huffington and Dan Rather. He said, “I think that having such influential news characters is a great opportunity for Manhattanville,” as students and faculty members “get to look at the media through their eyes”. He also added, “Arianna Huffington is one of the most powerful women in the media,” comparing her to other major media moguls. Professor D’Amico highly praised The Huffington Post, asserting that their “reporters focus on the end result,” as well as consistently take into account how reporting “affects the every day person”.

It is noteworthy to mention that Professor D’Amico has all intentions of submitting a proposal for one of his classes to attend Arianna Huffington’s Castle Conversations session. He said, “I spoke to Professor Snee [Program Director of the Department of Communications] about tickets for my Media Ethics class,” noting that it “is perfect for the communications and media department”.

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