New York Times columnist David Brooks to speak at Centre College Opening Convocation

Posted by Centre News in Admission, News, Politics 12 Apr 2016

David BrooksIn what will be his third visit to Centre College, award-winning New York Times columnist David Brooks will speak at the Opening Convocation, scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 28.

The annual event takes place the day before classes begin and marks the start of the new academic year at Centre.

Brooks’ previous visit took place on Oct. 2, 2012, just nine days before the College hosted its second-ever vice presidential debate. His upcoming address to the campus community will take place on the same stage, Newlin Hall in the Norton Center for the Arts, that hosted the two candidates, Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan.

“Centre College is a place where important conversations take place, and we aim to provide our students with opportunities to hear opinion makers and thought leaders discuss key topics in our national conversation,” President John A. Roush said.

“David Brooks helped set the stage in 2012 as we prepared for our most recent moment at the center of the political universe as debate hosts,” Roush added, “and we are eager to welcome him back to our campus.”

The timing of his appearance at Centre, after both major party conventions and the build-up to the general election, is sure to offer opportunity for his astute social and political observations.

In his twice-weekly columns for the New York Times and frequent commentary on the PBS Newshour and NPR, Brooks has offered his usual insightful commentary about the current presidential race.

Brooks is also an author of numerous books. His latest, The Road to Character, grew out of courses on the topic of humility Brooks taught at Yale University.

The book has received critical acclaim. Gregory Korte, for instance, praised the book as “original and eye-opening” in a review for USA Today. “At his best,” Korte wrote, “Brooks is a normative version of Malcolm Gladwell, culling from a wide array of scientists and thinkers to weave an even bigger idea than the sum of its parts.”

Brooks’ appearance is sponsored by the Press Distinguished Lectureship series, created through a generous endowment by Lucille Caudill Little to honor Lillian Press, a trustee emerita at Centre, and her husband, Len Press. Lillian enjoyed an impressive career in state government and also helped create the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars program, and Len founded Kentucky PBS-affiliate KET, based in Lexington.

The inaugural Press lecturer, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., has been followed over the successive 16 years by a who’s who of prominent thinkers, from Elie Wiesel to James Fallows and Arianna Huffington.

by Michael Strysick
April 12, 2016

Photo courtesy of The New York Times

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