National Review editor to speak at launch of ASU center

December 31, 2014

Many consider Abraham Lincoln to be the greatest American president to date. Revered across the political spectrum, Lincoln believed in a small but active government in a nation defined by aspiration. He embraced the market and the amazing transportation and communications revolutions beginning to take hold. He helped give birth to the modern industrial economy.

Lincoln’s vision of an upwardly mobile society that rewards and supports individual striving was wondrously realized. Now, it is under threat. Richard Lowry Download Full Image

To meet these challenges, Rich Lowry, the New York Times bestselling author and editor of National Review, draws us back to the lessons of Lincoln both in his book “Lincoln Unbound”* and in a public lecture at Arizona State University titled “Abraham Lincoln and the American Idea.”

"It is imperative," Lowry argues, "to preserve a fluid economy that makes it possible for individuals to thrive and live the American dream."

Lowry was named editor of National Review in 1997. He has written for Politico, Time magazine, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and a variety of other publications. He is a syndicated columnist and a commentator for the Fox News Channel and often appears on Meet the Press and Face the Nation. His book, "Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years," was a New York Times bestseller.

From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Jan. 22, at Old Main, Carson Ballroom, on ASU's Tempe campus, this public lecture at ASU is in celebration of the launch of the new Center for Political Thought and Leadership. 

The event will also be live streamed at the following url:

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey will give opening remarks at the event. 

Ducey was born in Toledo, Ohio. He moved to Arizona to attend ASU’s business school, where he earned his bachelor of science in finance in 1986.

After graduating from ASU, he began a career in sales and marketing with Procter & Gamble and went on to become partner and CEO of Cold Stone Creamery, which grew from a local shop to more than 1,400 locations in all 50 states and 10 countries.

The Center for Political Thought and Leadership will provide research and training for the next generation of local and national leaders on the foundational principles of good government, civic involvement, free markets and political liberty.

“Professor (Donald T.) Critchlow is the ideal person to lead this new center forward, and his distinguished background in political thought and research will bring great perspective and value to the center at a time of continued political deadlock and precipitous decline in civic literacy in the United States,” said ASU President Michael Crow who will introduce Gov. Ducey at the event. 

In addition to undergraduate education, Critchlow says the center will seek to engage the larger community outside the university: “Participation from many internal and external partners will encourage community involvement, create a network to foster students’ careers and provide a path for scholars to speak to the larger world.”

“It is important that the center is embedded in the community and becomes a recognized and trusted voice in the debate surrounding political thought and leadership,” he added.

This event is co-sponsored with National Review Institute, which was founded by William F. Buckley Jr. in 1991 as the 501(c)3 educational sister organization to National Review magazine. 

Parking for the event is available for a fee in the ASU Fulton Center Parking Structure at the interseciton of University and College avenues. 

The Center for Political Thought and Leadership is a unit of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

*Description of “Lincoln Unbound” courtesy of HarperCollins Publishers. 

Manager, Center for American Institutions


Reynolds seminar brings journalists, professors to ASU Cronkite School

December 31, 2014

Journalists and professors from around the country will participate in a rigorous business journalism institute at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in a.

The Cronkite School’s Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is hosting its annual Reynolds Week Jan. 5-7. Twenty-four journalists and professors will take part in the business journalism boot camp, featuring a variety of high-profile speakers and training sessions. Download Full Image

Faculty members from the Cronkite School and the W. P. Carey School of Business at ASU, as well as prominent journalists and business experts, are among those who will share their expertise with this year’s fellows. Keynote speakers include Chiqui Cartagena, vice president of marketing for Univision, and Elisa Camahort Page, co-founder and COO of BlogHer.

"We're excited to welcome a distinguished group of speakers and experts to train our equally distinguished journalists and professors,” said Micheline Maynard, director of the Reynolds Center and a past participant in Reynolds Week. “I came away from my own Reynolds Week experience primed and ready to teach business journalism. I know Reynolds Week will pay dividends to the 2015 fellows for years to come." 

Reynolds Week is divided into two seminars. The Strictly Financials Seminar offers journalists a deep dive on a variety of money-related topics. The Business Journalism Professors Seminar provides guidance to university and college faculty members who teach business journalism or are planning to incorporate money coverage in existing courses.

The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation provides generous support for Reynolds Week. Each participant receives a fellowship valued at $1,500, covering tuition, hotel accommodations and meals. This year’s institute includes 15 Strictly Financials fellows and nine Business Journalism professors.

Strictly Financials fellows

• Lauren Abdel-Razzaq, The Detroit News
• Ben Bergman, Southern California Public Radio, Pasadena, California
• Nirmala Bhat, U-T San Diego
• James Briggs, Baltimore Business Journal
• Nicole Collins, Business Journal News Network, Syracuse, New York
• Molly Dill, BizTimes Media, Milwaukee
• Terri Langford, The Texas Tribune, Austin, Texas
• Celeste LeCompte, Nieman Foundation/Reynolds Fellow, Cambridge, Massachusetts
• Issa Mansaray, The Africa Paper, Brooklyn Center, Minnesota
• Lourdes Medrano, freelance, Tucson, Arizona
• Erin Negley, Reading Eagle, Reading, Pennsylvania
• Lauren Ohnesorge, Triangle Business Journal, Raleigh, North Carolina
• Sarah Scully, Houston Chronicle
• Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times
• Andrea Vittorio, Bloomberg BNA, Arlington, Virginia

Business Journalism professors

• Andrew Cassel, Reynolds Visiting Professor, Penn State University, State College, Pennsylvania
• Michael Giusti, Loyola University of New Orleans
• Paul Glader, The King’s College, New York
• Gary Guffey, Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, North Carolina
• Thomas Hrach, University of Memphis, Tennessee
• Jay Seidel, Fullerton College, Fullerton, California
• James Tennant, Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
• Venise Wagner, San Francisco State University
• Janine Weisman, Roger Williams University, Bristol, Rhode Island

Reporter , ASU News