Seen as one of today’s most influential social commentators, Arianna Huffington’s background and experience would be sure to lend insight to a number of current issues. Prior to creating the Huffington Post in 2005, Arianna was a well-known figure in social and political spheres as seen during her husband’s bid for a Senate seat in 1994 and her own campaign for the Governor of California against Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2003. Mrs. Huffington would be an excellent speaker on the topic of technology, as her web based news site has grown to over 200 employees and over a million comments on the site each month, and often has posts dedicated to topics and issues in the tech world. During her tenure with the Huffington Post, the site has grown to be the 82nd biggest website, according to the Alexa.com rankings system. Arianna has also received a number of personal accolades, such as being named to the Time 100, being named 42 in the Guardian’s “Top 100 in Media”, among many others.
Arianna is eloquent, well-educated on a variety of issues, and often infuses witty humor into her speeches. Her speeches are concise and educational; she often pauses after big points to allow them to sink in. She is also very present as a figure in today’s popular culture, as she appeared in TV shows such as Family Guy and was spoofed on Saturday Night Live, so student interest surely be high. If Arianna Huffington were to be brought to our campus, the Bucknell community would not only get to see one of today’s most prominent figures in the technological realm, but someone who is sure to deliver a captivating, funny and eye opening speech.