Press Release for Monday, February 21, 2005

Author, Editor and Commentator to Speak on How Americans See the World

February 21, 2005
Contact Sharon Ashton
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2115

Author, editor, columnist and political and social commentator David Brooks will speak at the University of North Florida at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15 at the UNF University Center. Brooks will speak on “Americans Today: How We See Ourselves, How We See the World.” The lecture is free and open to the public, but tickets are required by calling the UNF Box Office at (904) 620-7828.

Brooks writes two weekly columns for The New York Times. His Saturday column of aims for humor, social commentary and the lighter side of the news; the Tuesday column is harder and more political. He is a senior editor at The Weekly Standard, a contributing editor at Newsweek and the Atlantic Monthly, and a regular analyst on “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.” Brooks is known 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.

Brooks joined The Weekly Standard at its inception in 1995, having worked at The Wall Street Journal for the previous nine years. At The Wall Street Journal, he worked as op-ed editor, Middle Eastern, Russian, European and South African correspondent, and editor of the book review. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Public Interest, Smart Money, The New Republic, U.S. News and World Report, Commentary, The National Interest, and The National Review. He is also a frequent analyst on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and the “Diane Rehm Show.”

In addition to his political analysis, Brooks writes what he calls “comic sociology,” descriptions of how we live that are as witty and entertaining as they are revealing and insightful. His most recent book, “On Paradise Drive,” is about suburban life in America. His first book, “BoBos In Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There,” was on the New York Times bestselling list.

This Distinguished Voices Lecture is co-hosted by UNF and the World Affairs Council Global Issues Forum. It is sponsored by St. Joe Company, Water Street Capital and the University of North Florida. World Affairs Council members can reserve tickets by calling (904) 280-8162.

For a complete list of Distinguished Voices lectures at UNF that are free and open to the public, visit www.unf.edu and click on the Distinguished Voices link.

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