Published on October 27, 2023 by Diamond Nunnally  
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Howard College of Arts and Sciences Colloquium on American Citizenship will host award-winning journalist Cal Thomas for a lecture titled “A Watchman in the Night: What I’ve Seen Over 50 Years Reporting on America” in Harry's Coffeehouse on Thursday, Nov. 9, at 6 p.m. 

His lecture is based on his latest book, Watchman in the Night, which takes readers on a "road trip" through over 50 years of journalism and American life, serving as a "watchman" on culture and politics and seeking to conform it to a standard that never changes. 

Thomas is one of the most popular syndicated columnists in the country, appearing in hundreds of newspapers. He is also a veteran of TV and radio news. For 19 years, Thomas worked for Fox News, NBC News and KPRC-TV in Houston. He began his journalism career at the age of sixteen. 

"Cal Thomas’ twice-weekly column has appeared in hundreds of newspapers, and he is still one of the most widely read voices on the American political scene,” colloquium organizer Jason Wallace said. "In his more than half a century journalistic career, Cal has met every president since John F. Kennedy, and he has personally interviewed several of them. He has always called both major political parties, both sides of the American political divide, to take the high road by honoring America's civic and religious ideals." 

This lecture is free and open to the public. Convo credit will be offered. 

The Howard College of Arts and Sciences Colloquium on American Citizenship program hosts lectures exploring the meaning and purpose of citizenship through Western intellectual heritage, American constitutional government, free market economics and Judeo-Christian ideals. 


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