Ryan Chartrand

Arianna Huffington will bring her provocative perspective to Cal Poly on today at 7 p.m. in Spanos Theater as the opener for the speaker series, “California’s Challenges: Provocative Solutions for Compelling Problems.”

The Provocative Perspectives series has opened with well-known speakers for the past three years, said Pat Harris, retired assistant director of the Department of Student Life and Leadership.

“We were looking for someone with a big draw because we want to open with a big bang,” Harris said.

Huffington’s talk will be “A Political Update with Arianna Huffington: Focus on California.”

Huffington was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine this year. She is also a nationally syndicated columnist, author, cofounder and editor of HuffingtonPost.com,

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