David Brooks, opinion columnist for The New York Times, will speak at Oklahoma City University at 7:30 p.m. April 6 in the Henry J. Freede Wellness and Activity Center at N.W. 27th Street and Florida Avenue. The speech, free to the public and titled “Liberal Arts for the Social Animal,” is for the OCU Distinguished Speakers Series and is part of the university’s inauguration celebration of President Robert Henry.
Brooks has been a columnist for The New York Times since 2003 and serves as a senior editor at The Weekly Standard. He worked at the Wall Street Journal for nine years and served as a contributing editor at Newsweek and the Atlantic Monthly.
Brooks' articles have appeared in the New Yorker, Forbes, the Washington Post and many other publications. He is a frequent analyst on NPR's “All Things Considered” and is a commentator on “The News Hour with Jim Lehrer.” He is widely respected across the political spectrum as a social commentator and political pundit.
Brooks graduated from the University of Chicago in 1983 with a degree in history. He is the author of the cultural commentary, “Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There.” In his newest book, “The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement,” Brooks defends the value of a liberal arts education deeply rooted in the humanities.
“We think we will thrive so long as we get good grades and high SAT scores and master hard skills,” he stated in a description of his book. “In reality, we are social animals, and we thrive when we educate our emotions. We do that by studying literature and society, learning the stories from our history, and developing an accurate feel for the ins and outs of human nature. These are not soft luxuries; they are the most practical essence of education.”
Copies of his books will be available for purchase at the event, and a book signing will follow his speech.
For more information call (405) 208-4956 or visit www.okcu.edu/speakers.