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Author and NYT Columnist David Brooks to speak at W&L on Oct. 1

David Brooks, an author and a bi-weekly op-ed columnist for The New York Times, will give a talk at Washington and Lee University on Oct. 1 at 5 p.m. in Lee Chapel on W&L’s campus. It is free and open to the public.

The event will be part of the university’s commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Robert E. Lee’s taking the oath of office as its 11th president.

Brooks will speak on “The Future of Higher Education in America.”

He is the author of three books, “The Road to Character” (2015); “The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character and Achievement” (2012); and “Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How they Got there” (2001). He appears as a regular analyst on “PBS NewsHour” and NPR’s “All Things Considered.”

Brooks has worked at The Weekly Standard since its beginning and now serves 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 various positions, including op-ed editor.

He holds honorary degrees from Williams College, New York University, Brandeis University and Occidental College, among others. In 2010, he became a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago.

His talk is sponsored by the William Lyne Wilson II Symposium Fund and the President’s Office.