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Huffington to capstone Ivy Tech's O'Bannon Institute in April

Febraury 25, 2010

Arianna Huffington (photo provided)

Bloomington, Ind. Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post and nationally syndicated columnist will be the capstone guest speaker for Ivy Tech -Bloomington’s annual O’Bannon Institute for Community Service.

The Institute’s 2010 theme is K-16 Education: Challenges and Opportunities in the New Decade, and panel discussions will focus on the leading prospects and concerns for area educators, policy makers, and administrators in the next ten years. The conversation with Huffington on Friday, April 9 at 2:30 p.m. will mark the close of three days of Institute activities.

The panels and conversation with Huffington will take place in the student commons on Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus. Reservations must be made, but the event is free and open to the public. A full schedule of events will publish to in the next few weeks.

Chancellor John Whikehart says that, “Ivy Tech is pleased to provide the community an opportunity to hear the conversation with Arianna Huffington, who offers a unique perspective on community solutions to social problems.”
The O’Bannon Institute for Community Service, launched seven years ago by Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus, is an annual opportunity for the community to come together to discuss issues related to education, government, community service, nonprofit organizations, and political participation.

Previous featured guests of the Institute include Sen. George McGovern, Sen. Birch Bayh, Sen. Alan Simpson, Gov. Joe Kernan, Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Indiana First Lady Judy O’Bannon, journalist Sam Donaldson, campaign strategist Paul Begala, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, and columnist for the Washington Post, Eugene Robinson.

Arianna Huffington is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of 12 books. She is also co-host of Left, Right and Center, public radio’s political roundtable program. In 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog Web site that has become widely read, linked to and frequently-cited on the Internet. She was named to Time magazine’s list of world’s most influential people in 2006. Huffington was named as one of the most influential women in media by Forbes magazine in 2009. She has made guest appearances on numerous television shows including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Nightline, Real Time with Bill Maher, Inside Politics, Larry King Live, Hardball, MSNBC’s Countdown, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and The O’Reilly Factor. Huffington serves on the board of directors for A Place Called Home, which works with at-risk children in South Central L.A. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for Archer School for Girls.

To reserve seats for the April 9 panel discussions and conversation with Huffington, contact Gretchen Keller at 330-6001 or at Admission is free for Friday panels and conversation, but requires a reservation. For general Institute information, log onto

Ivy Tech Community College ( is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and one of the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college systems with more than 130,000 students enrolled annually.  Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana.  It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana.  It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.