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New York Times columnist and best-selling author David Brooks to speak at Whitworth University President’s Leadership Forum Oct. 13

September 15, 2015

Wells Fargo Bank is title sponsor for the event

David Brooks, a columnist for The New York Times and a best-selling author, will be the featured speaker for Whitworth University’s fall President’s Leadership Forum, held on Tuesday, Oct. 13, from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Spokane Convention Center. Costs for this event are $50 per person or $500 for a corporate table (10 seats per table). Breakfast will be served. To learn more or to RSVP for this event, please visit

Brooks became an op-ed columnist for The New York Times in 2003, and his column appears every Tuesday and Friday. He is a regular commentator on “PBS NewsHour,” NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

He is the author of four books: The Road to Character; Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There; On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense; and The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement, which became a No. 1 New York Times bestseller. He also teaches grand strategy at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.

“Whitworth is very pleased to bring David Brooks to Spokane, and to have the opportunity to hear from one of the preeminent social commentators of our time,” says Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor. “As our nation continues to engage in deep conversations on serious social and political issues, it will be valuable to not only hear Brooks' insights, but to also ask him hard-hitting questions on his perspectives about current events and issues in our country and around the world.”

Whitworth University benefits greatly from the considerable support of the Spokane community, and the President’s Leadership Forum provides an opportunity to give back, according to Taylor. The biannual forum draws key national leaders to the Inland Northwest to provide wisdom and insight on a variety of contemporary issues.

Brooks was born in Toronto, Ontario, in 1961. After graduating from the University of Chicago in 1983, he began his career in journalism as a police reporter for the City News Bureau, a jointly owned wire service of the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun Times. In 1984, he took an internship with National Review, where he worked until joining the Washington Times as a movie reviewer and then as an op-ed editor and reporter for The Wall Street Journal. He has also worked as a senior editor at The Weekly Standard, and a contributing editor for Newsweek and The Atlantic Monthly.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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