New York Times columnist David Brooks to give 2013 Baccalaureate Address

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The university is delighted to announce that author, pundit and New York Times columnist David Brooks will give this year’s Baccalaureate Address. Sewanee’s 2013 Baccalaureate Service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 11, in All Saints’ Chapel.

While Brooks is on the Mountain, he and Jon Meacham, C’91, will discuss power and politics in a special event at 4 p.m. Friday, May 10. All are welcome to attend what promises to be a lively and entertaining conversation between these two knowledgeable political observers. Find more Commencement Weekend information here.

David Brooks became a New York Times op-ed columnist in September 2003. He has been a senior editor at The Weekly Standard, a contributing editor at Newsweek and the Atlantic Monthly, and he is currently a commentator on "PBS Newshour." He is the author of 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, published by Random House in March 2011.

Brooks joined The Weekly Standard in 1995, having worked at The Wall Street Journal for the previous nine years. He is also a frequent analyst on NPR’s "All Things Considered" and the "Diane Rehm Show." His articles have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Forbes and many other magazines. He is editor of the anthology Backward and Upward: The New Conservative Writing.

Jon Meacham, C’91, H’10, received the Pulitzer Prize for American Lion, his 2008 biography of Andrew Jackson. His most recent book, the New York Times bestseller Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, celebrates Jefferson’s skills as a practical politician. He is also the author of Franklin and Winston and American Gospel. Executive editor and executive vice president of Random House, Meacham is a contributing editor to Time magazine, a former editor of Newsweek, and has written for The New York Times and the Washington Post, among other publications. He is a regular contributor on “Meet the Press,” “Morning Joe,” and “Charlie Rose,” and is the editor at large of WNET, the New York public television station.

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