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David Brooks: The Road to Character

Date Tuesday, September 25, 2018
7 p.m.
Location Benson Great Hall - View maps and directions
CostFree, but tickets are required.
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SponsorsJohnson Center for Journalism and Communication

Event Description

David Brooks will share what he learned while writing his best-selling book The Road to Character and how this applies to our current times.

David Brooks is a New York Times columnist, author, and radio and television commentator. He has a gift for bringing audiences face to face with the spirit of our times with humor, insight and quiet passion. He is a keen observer of the American way of life and a savvy analyst of present-day politics and foreign affairs.

He holds several prestigious positions as a commentator:

  • Bi-weekly Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times
  • Regular analyst on PBS NewsHour and NPR's All Things

Brooks' newest book, The Road to Character, "explains why selflessness leads to greater success. He tells the story of ten great lives that illustrate how character is developed, and how we can all strive to build rich inner lives, marked by humility and moral depth. In a society that emphasizes success and external achievement, The Road to Character is a book about inner worth."

Brooks is currently teaching a course at Yale University. He holds honorary degrees from Williams College, New York University, Brandeis University, Occidental College, among others. In 2010, Brooks became a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Brooks has worked at The Weekly Standard, joining the magazine at its inception and serving as senior editor. He has been a contributing editor at Newsweek and the Atlantic Monthly. He worked at The Wall Street Journal for nine years in a range of positions, including op-ed editor.


Contact Suzi Nelson at johnson-center@bethel.edu or 651.638.6577