David Brooks to give Old Gold weekend Ubben Lecture

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The New York Times conservative columnist
David Brooks will deliver an Ubben Lecture as
part of the Old Gold Weekend programming.
COURTESY OF DEPAUW UNIVERSITY

New York Times columnist, David Brooks, is set to give a Timothy and Sharon Ubben Lecture this Saturday, Oct. 4 as a part of Old Gold Weekend.

Brooks has expertise in the realms of politics and foreign affairs among other areas. His column in the Op-Ed section of the Times began in 2003. Since then he has served as an editor in various capacities, served as an analyst on air with NPR, and has authored a number of books.

The DePauw Media Fellows program is requiring students to attend the lecture. This group, however, is a small portion of those who may find value in the message David Brooks has to share.

Junior Media Fellow Erin Horne said that she believes attending, “will be conducive for myself and anyone interested in media because being a skilled writer is important in all aspects of the industry.”

In discussing what he believes students will take away from this lecture, professor Seth Friedman said, “I think that students are likely to gain exposure to a prominent conservative critic’s perspectives.  Such views, for better or worse, are often not featured in DePauw’s classrooms.”

Many students may not know David Brooks or have not frequently read his column. As sophomore Michael Jennings said, “I’m not sure what I’ll get out of it but I’m keeping an open mind.”

Timothy and Sharon Uben, '58, endowed the Ubben Lecture Series in 1986. Since then, about 100 speakers have presented, inclduing former President Bill Clinton, scientist Jane Goodall and Fox News anchor Bret Baier, '92.

Ubben Lectures are free and open to the public.