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Nationally syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker is guest of honor at USC dinner Nov. 16

Kathleen Parker

Kathleen Parker, author, journalist, and the most widely syndicated columnist in the nation, will be the guest of honor and speaker at the University of South Carolina Libraries Ex Libris Society’s annual dinner November 16, 2017. The public is invited to attend this ticketed event.

Parker, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 2010, recently announced she will gift her papers to the USC Libraries South Carolina Political Collections (SCPC). Her donation includes columns and other writings, correspondence with newsmakers and journalists, fan mail, and letters from critics. After the collection is processed and cataloged, it will be open for research and available to students, scholars, and the public.

“Parker’s papers represent a significant element in our effort to reflect our history and community,” says SCPC director Herb Hartsook. “Her papers will fit in well with those of other journalists we hold, including Jack Bass, Charles Wickenberg, Jr., and William D. Workman, Jr., as well as her Washington Post colleague, Pulitzer Prize winner Jim Hoagland,” he explains.

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Tickets are $50 per person.

Reservations are required by Monday, November 13.

For reservation and payment options, call 803-576-6016 or email

Parker describes her politics as “mostly right of center.” She writes a twice-weekly column on politics and culture for The Washington Post, which appears through syndication in more than 400 media outlets nationwide.

After beginning her journalism career in South Carolina at the Charleston Evening Post, Parker worked for five newspapers across the country and wrote for Time, Town & Country, The Weekly Standard, Fortune Small Business and Cosmopolitan, and authored the book Save the Males: Why Men Matter, Why Women Should Care.

She is also widely known to television audiences from CNN’s Parker Spitzer, which she co-hosted with New York governor Eliot Spitzer in 2010 and 2011, and as a popular guest on NBC’s Meet the Press and MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews.

“Parker is among this country’s most thoughtful commentators on modern society,” says Hartsook. “Her work is of national interest, and will also appeal to USC students and faculty in the History and Political Science departments, as well as library and journalism students within the College of Information and Communications."

Parker has won the H.L. Mencken Writing Award, presented by the Baltimore Sun. The Week magazine named her one of the nation’s top five columnists in both 2004 and 2005. In 2010, she received the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for a selection of political opinion columns.

She currently resides in Camden, SC.

The Ex Libris Society dinner is a ticketed event open to the public. The dinner begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, November 16, 2017, at the Capstone Conference Center on the University of South Carolina campus.