David Brooks to discuss current political culture

New York Times columnist and PBS Newshour commentator David Brooks will give the Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture at the Sanford School on Nov. 9.

Brooks’ talk, “Politics and Culture in the Age of Obama,” begins at 5:30 p.m. in Sanford’s Fleishman Commons. It is free and open to the public.

A columnist with The New York Times and commentator on PBS Newshour, Brooks will discuss how the Obama presidency has shaped America’s political and social discourse, as well as how politicians in Washington can usher in a post-partisan era.

Brooks is the author of two books, “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.” He served as a visiting professor of public policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy in the fall of 2006.

The talk is part of a new Sanford program on American politics, “Gridlock: Can Our System Address America’s Big Problems?” The two-year series, led by David Schanzer, associate professor of the practice of public policy, and Don Taylor, associate professor of public policy, will explore problems in our current politics that are crippling our ability to deal with long-term, large scale challenges such as the deficit, health care reform, immigration reform, and energy dependence.

The program will run until the 2012 presidential election, and will include an in-depth course on political gridlock, an undergraduate research component, a speakers’ series and a public blog entitled Gridlock (www.dukegridlock.blogspot.com).

For futher information, contact Karen Kemp, kkemp@duke.edu or call (919)613-7394.