David Brooks

"The Social Animal Post Election"

February 8, 2011
7:30pm
Garrison Theater, Scripps College Performing Arts Center
Office of Public Events, (909) 607-9372

Social and Political Analyst

Brooks photoScripps College invites you to an evening with political and social analyst David Brooks as part of the annual Elizabeth Hubert Malott Public Affairs Program. Priority seating in Garrison Theater will be given to members of the Scripps community with their Scripps ID. All other seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, please contact the Office of Public Events at (909) 607-9372.

About the Speaker

David Brooks is a keen observer of the American way of life and a penetrating analyst of present-day politics and foreign affairs. He has become one of the prominent voices of conservative politics in the United States; with his elegance and finely tuned reason and wit, he engages both sides of the debate eloquently. Brooks is one of the New York Times’ most widely read columnists and is a regular analyst on News Hour with Jim Lehrer and NPR’s All Things Considered.

Brooks was a founding senior editor of The Weekly Standard and has been a contributing editor at Newsweek and the Atlantic Monthly. He worked at the Wall Street Journal for nine years in a range of positions, including op-editor. He has written for The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, Forbes, the Washington Post, and many other periodicals. Brooks was a visiting professor of public policy at Duke University’s Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy and taught an undergraduate seminar there in the fall of 2006.

In his Elizabeth Hubert Malott lecture at Scripps College, Brooks will draw from his upcoming new book and the recent elections to paint a thorough and eye-opening picture of today’s political climate. His new book, The Social Animal: the Inner Roots of Character and Achievement, is due out in March 2011. In his previous two books, New York Times best-seller Bobos in Paradise and On Paradise Drive, Brooks describes what he calls “comic sociology” – depictions of how we live and “the water we swim in.” In Bobos in Paradise, he coins a new word, Bobo, to describe today’s upper class: those who have wed the bourgeois world of capitalist enterprise to the hippie values of the bohemian counterculture. Brooks has a gift for bringing audiences face-to-face with the spirit of our times with humor, insight, and quiet passion. He is also editor of the anthology Backward and Upward: The New Conservative Writing.

Brooks graduated from the University of Chicago in 1983 with a degree in history. He and his wife live in Bethesda, Maryland.