NYT Columnist David Brooks Coming to scripps in Feb.

By KC Mautner ‘12Co-Editor-in-Chief

David Brooks, political commentator, social analyst and “New York Times” columnist, will come to the Scripps campus on Feb. 8 as part of the fifth annual Elizabeth Hubert Malott Public Affairs Speaker Series. In his lecture at Garrison Theatre, Brooks will focus on his new book, The Social Animal: the Inner Roots of Character and Achievement (due out in March 2011) and the 2010 midterm elections in order to describe what he sees as the current political climate.

Though Brooks is currently a columnist for the “New York Times” and a regular analyst on “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” and NPR’s “All Things Considered,” he has also held posts as an editor of “The Weekly Standard,” “Newsweek,” “Atlantic Monthly,” and the “Wall Street Journal.”

Preceding Brooks’ lecture at Garrison, there will be a small group discussion and dinner with Brooks open to select Scripps students.

The Malott Public Affair Speaker Series, established in memory of trustee Elizabeth Hubert Malott (’53), aims to bring speakers with politically conservative perspectives in the national and international realm to campus in order to, in the words of Hubert Malott, “bring the world to Scripps students.” Past speakers in the series have included Mary and Liz Cheney (daughters of former vice president Dick Cheney), Ayaan Hirsi Ali and former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich.

The lecture is primarily intended for Scripps students, but all members of both the Scripps and larger Claremont communities are welcome to attend. For more information, please call 909.607.9372.