Lisle, Illinois ~ Erick-Woods Erickson, editor-in-chief of RedState.com and a frequent Fox News contributor, will talk about "Red States, Tea Parties and the Changing Republican Party" at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 12 on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center at Benedictine University.
RedState.com ia widely read right-of-center blog on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Erickson has used his position at RedState.com to help raise the profile of a number of conservative candidates across the country, including Marco Rubio in Florida, Nikki Haley in South Carolina and Ted Cruz in Texas.
Erickson, who spent three years at CNN, is also a Fox News contributor and hosts a radio show on one of the nation's most listened-to talk radio stations, WSB in Atlanta, Ga. Prior to leading RedState.com, Erickson practiced law for six years and oversaw a number of political campaigns at the federal, state and local levels.
The London Telegraph named Erickson the 65th most influential conservative in America in 2010. He is co-author of the book "RedState Uprising: How to Take Back America." Each weekday morning, Erickson writes his "Morning Briefing" email, widely considered a must read among conservative pundits and activists.
Erickson earned a bachelor's degree with honors at Mercer University in Macon, Ga., where he majored in History and Political Science. He earned a Juris Doctor at Mercer's Walter F. George School of Law.
The event is sponsored by the Center For Civic Leadership (CCL) at
Established in 2005 under the direction of former Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan, a 1969 Benedictine graduate and Distinguished Fellow at his alma mater, CCL seeks to shape a new generation of public leaders and responsible citizens. Each year, the CCL invites prominent public figures to speak about the importance of active citizenship and public service.
The event is free and open to the public.
Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois and Mesa, Arizona. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 55 undergraduate majors and 17 graduate and four doctoral programs. Benedictine University is ranked No. 1 among the country's fastest-growing campuses between 2000-2010 in The Chronicle of Higher Education's list of private nonprofit research institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the third consecutive year in 2013. Benedictine University's Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain's Chicago Business as the fifth largest in the Chicago area in 2013.