David Brooks to give Press Distinguished Lecture
Columnist and commentator David Brooks will deliver this year’s Press Distinguished Lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 2 in Weisiger Theater.
This will be Brooks’ second visit to Centre. He gave the Press Lecture on campus in 2010.
“Brooks is one of the few columnists/commentators today with many admirers on both sides of the current political divide in this country,” says Milton Reigelman, director of the Center for Global Citizenship. “His common sense, beautifully stated ideas on political, economic and cultural problems made him an easy choice to have on campus nine days before Vice President Biden and Congressman Ryan are here. We—and perhaps they—can learn from him.”
Brooks writes an internationally popular column in the New York Times about politics and society. In the past, he has edited and reported for such publications as The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Times, Newsweek and Atlantic Monthly. He is a commentator PBS NewsHour and is often invited to speak on National Public Radio.
Brooks is the author of several books, including his most recent, “The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character and Achievement,” which reached the top of the New York Times bestseller list after its 2011 release.
The Press Distinguished Lectureship was endowed by Lucille Caudill Little to honor Lillian Press, a member of the Centre Board of Trustees and the first director of the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program, and her husband O. Leonard Press, founder of KET. The lectureship brings to Centre distinguished speakers who have made beneficial improvements to civic and cultural life. Former Press lecturers include Arianna Huffington, Helen Thomas, James Fallows and Elie Wiesel.
The first Press Distinguished Lecture was given several days before Centre hosted its first Vice Presidential Debate in 2000, featuring the late Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Brooks’ visit to campus the week before the 2012 Vice Presidential Debate will bring the lectureship full-circle.
To read more about the upcoming Vice Presidential Debate at Centre, visit the College’s Debate websitehere.