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Sept. 17, 2013

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Stevenson Lecture features David Brooks

photo of David BrooksDavid Brooks, an acclaimed New York Times journalist and political and cultural commentator, will present the 29th address in the Adlai E. Stevenson Memorial Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, in Westbrook Auditorium of Presser Hall at Illinois Wesleyan University, 1210 Park St., Bloomington.

A Q&A will close the lecture and a reception will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

Brooks will be on Illinois State’s campus for a student/faculty session from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 24, in the Prairie Room. A Q&A will follow.

Brooks became a New York Times op-ed columnist in 2003. Previously, he was senior editor at The Weekly Standard and a contributing editor at Newsweek and the Atlantic Monthly. He is a commentator on the Public Broadcasting Services (PBS)’s The Newshour with Jim Lehrer. Brooks has written Bobos In Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There and On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense. His most recent book is The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement which debuted in 2011 at the top of the New York Times bestseller list.

The Stevenson Lecture Series, initiated in 1965 as a memorial to the former Bloomington political leader and Chief U.S. delegate to the United Nations, is co-hosted by Illinois Wesleyan and Illinois State.

Previous Stevenson lecturers have included Ken Burns, acclaimed documentary filmmaker; Mary Robinson, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the first woman president of Ireland; Lech Walesa, former president of Poland; Jeane Kirkpatrick, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; Henry Kissinger, former U.S. Secretary of State; and Sir Edward Heath, former prime minister of Britain.

The board of the Stevenson Memorial Lecture Series, chaired by the presidents of Illinois State and Illinois Wesleyan, consists of 23 members who organize presentations designed to perpetuate the work of Stevenson by “promoting his ideals and furthering the cause of world peace and good will among peoples,” as established by the founding members in 1965. More information is available online

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