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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.
TicketingGeneral Public tickets will be available starting September 4.
Presale ticket access for Bethel Community beginning August 13. Buy Tickets
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 these 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 Considered

Brooks' most recent book, The Road to Character, tells the story of ten people who illustrate the development of character. Brooks fleshes out the idea of two virtues: the kind you put forth on a resume, and the kind people speak about when memorializing you at your funeral. Bethel University's President Jay Barnes described Brooks as "one of the most insightful and engaging observers of values, movements, and perspectives in today's world. His call that education should focus more on 'eulogy virtues' than 'resume virtues' is a challenge that Bethel University strives to implement at the heart of its mission."

Brooks is currently teaching a course at Yale University. He holds a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Chicago and honorary degrees from Brandeis University, New York University, Occidental College, and Williams 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.

Questions?

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