The Office of Multicultural Student Engagement will host Fox News analyst Cathy Areu at 5 p.m. Sept. 26 as part of Hispanic Heritage Month.
She is the publisher of the national Latina magazine Catalina and Fox News’ liberal analyst, and frequently debates Fox hosts, pundits and notables in U.S. politics. At Augusta University, she will discuss “Liberals vs. Conservatives: The Debate that Won’t End.”
“I am a liberal in a Fox house. The debating in my world never ends,” Areu said in an email. “But everyone is debating — around the dinner table, at work, at kids’ soccer games. We won’t stop. And everyone at Fox agrees, things are just too divided.
“People are either conservatives or liberals. We’re not in the middle anymore. We choose teams. Like football teams. What are the rules? Who are the players? Who are the coaches? Now that politics is a sport, will this debate ever end?”
Areu’s magazine, which boasted an audited circulation of 500,000 by 2004, aims to break stereotypes and show the positive side of the U.S. Hispanic community. Her visit is in part a celebration of the achievements in our nation’s Hispanic population, said Karen Mobley, director of Multicultural Student Engagement.
For more than a decade, Areu was a contributing editor for The Washington Post, where she created her popular “First Person Singular” column of interviews with influential people like First Lady Laura Bush, former Secretary of State James Baker, former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and Sen. Al Franken, among others. She also served as senior adviser in the media for the Health and Human Services Department in the Bush administration.
“This is an opportunity for students to understand the importance of debate and talking with someone whose knowledge base differs from your knowledge base, or whose opinion differs from your own,” Mobley said.
Areu has shared her controversial views on a wide range of topics on Fox News shows including the O’Reilly Factor, Your World with Neil Cavuto, Fox and Friends, The Intelligence Report with Trish Regan, and the satirical show Red Eye. She has also published a nonfiction inspirational book, Latino Wisdom, and is working on a second book about the power of women.
The event will be held in the JSAC Ballroom and will include a free dinner for the first 50 students. For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Student Engagement at (706) 737-1876.