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Spring 2012 Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Visiting Professor: David Brooks

Release date: March 29, 2012

David Brooks — New York Times op-ed columnist, political and social analyst, and author — will present a talk titled "What Is an American?" on Thursday, March 29, at 8 p.m. in Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium. Brooks, the Spring 2012 Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Visiting Professor, will discuss the cultural traits that unify Americans and how U.S. culture is under threat. A book signing will follow his presentation.

This event is open to the public, but tickets are required for all attendees. Tickets are free for Goucher students, faculty, staff, and alumnae/i; $10 for general admission. Reservations must be made in advance by calling 410-337-6333 or by logging on to www.goucher.edu/tickets.

Brooks became an op-ed columnist for The New York Times in September 2003. He typically covers the realm of politics, often from a conservative standpoint, discussing anything from America's role in the Iraq War to education to gay rights. Brooks also has been a senior editor at The Weekly Standard and a contributing editor at Newsweek and The Atlantic, and he is a commentator on "The PBS Newshour."

He joined The Weekly Standard at its inception in September 1995, having worked at The Wall Street Journal for the previous nine years as an op-ed editor and as a correspondent in Brussels, covering Russia, the Middle East, South Africa, and Europe.

He additionally has contributed to such publications as The New Yorker, The Washington Post, Forbes, The Public Interest, The New Republic, and Commentary. He is also a frequent commentator on National Public Radio and CNN's "Late Edition."

Brooks edited an anthology of writings by new conservative writers, Backward and Upward: The New Conservative Writing (1996). He is also the author of two books of what he calls "comic sociology," entertaining descriptions of how Americans live: Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There (2000) and On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense (2004).

In his newest book, The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement (2011), Brooks discusses why neuroscience and sociology are so important to thinking about politics, culture, and the future of America in world society.

The Jane and Robert Meyerhoff Visiting Professorship was created to bring distinguished scholars, teachers, and practitioners to Goucher's campus to advance local and national dialogues on pressing issues of our time. Previous speakers have included Jane Goodall, British primatologist, ethologist, and anthropologist; staunch preservation advocate Robert F. Kennedy Jr.; Thomas L. Friedman, the three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and world-renowned author; and the late Dr. Wangari Muta Maathai, the Kenyan environmental and political activist who, in 2004, became the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.