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New York Times columnist David Brooks to speak at Wake Forest's 2007 graduation

February 6, 2007

David Brooks, a columnist for The New York Times and a regular analyst on the “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” and National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” will deliver Wake Forest University’s commencement address May 21.

The outdoor ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. on Wake Forest’s Hearn Plaza.

The Rev. J. Bryan Hehir, a Catholic priest and the Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life at Harvard University, will deliver the baccalaureate address at 11 a.m. May 20 in Wait Chapel.  The commencement and baccalaureate ceremonies are not open to the general public.

Brooks’ bi-weekly column in The New York Times started in September 2003.  He served as senior editor of The Weekly Standard, a publication that he began working for at its inception in September 1995.  He was also a contributing editor at Newsweek and The Atlantic Monthly.

“I have long admired his writing and his thinking,” said Wake Forest University President Nathan O. Hatch.  “And, I believe that his words at commencement will be thought-provoking and memorable.”

A 1983 graduate of the University of Chicago, Brooks worked as a police reporter for the City News Bureau, a wire service owned jointly by the Chicago Tribune and Sun Times.  He later joined the staff of The Wall Street Journal, where he served as editor of the book review section, movie critic and op-ed editor.  While working at the Journal, he also lived in Brussels, covering Russia, the Middle East, South Africa and European affairs.

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 describes the books as “comic sociology.”

His stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Forbes, The Washington Post and many other magazines.  He is editor of the anthology “Backward and Upward:  The New Conservative Writing.”

Baccalaureate speaker Hehir is the secretary for Social Services of the Archdiocese of Boston and the president of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston.  His research and writing focus on ethics and foreign policy and the role of religion in world politics and in American society.

He served on the faculty of Georgetown University from 1984 to 1992 and the Harvard Divinity School from 1993 to 2001.  Hehir’s writings include:  “The Moral Measurement of War:  A Tradition of Continuity and Change,” “Military Intervention and National Sovereignty,” “Catholicism and Democracy” and “Social Values and Public Policy:  A Contribution from a Religious Tradition.”

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