No need to say much about about this, but, damn, do I miss the good ole days when Fritz and Strom where in the Senate. Those two guys knew how to bring home the bacon.

The John C. West Lecture Series at The Citadel will host two of South Carolina’s most prominent national politicians and the chief political correspondent from The New York Times in separate lecture events this April.  

Talking about the state of politics and the economy will be U.S. Congressman James E. Clyburn, former U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings, and political journalist Adam Nagourney. Each lecture is free and open to the public. The John C. West Lecture Series is was created in honor of West, a class of 1942 graduate of The Citadel and former governor of South Carolina.

Clyburn will speak at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 6 in Bond Hall Room 165.  A native of Sumter, Clyburn is the House Majority Whip and third ranking Democrat in the House Representatives where he has served since 1993. Clyburn is the first South Carolinian and the second African American to ascend to the third ranking position in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Former U.S. Senator Fritz Hollings graduated from The Citadel in 1942. Hollings career in politics spanned decades.  A Charleston native, he went on to become governor and lieutenant governor of South Carolina and was a would-be presidential candidate. He is best remembered for his service as a U.S. senator. He retired from political office in 2004.  Hollings will lecture at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9 in Bond Hall room 165.


The chief national political correspondent of The New York Times, Adam Nagourney will speak at The Citadel at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 16 in the Graham Copeland Auditorium in Grimsley Hall. Nagourney joined the Times as a political correspondent in 1996 covering Bob Dole’s campaign. After the 1996 presidential race, Nagourney became the paper’s metro-political correspondent. In 2002, Nagourney was appointed as the national political correspondent and covered the 2004 reelection of President George Bush. He was later named chief political correspondent and covered the 2008 election of President Barack Obama.