New York Times Columnist and author David Brooks. Courtesy photo.
New York Times Columnist and author David Brooks. Courtesy photo.

David Brooks, the conservative political and cultural columnist for the New York Times, will speak Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. at Trinity University’s Laurie Auditorium.

Admission to this lecture and all others in the university’s Distinguished Lecture Series is free and open to the public, and made possible by a gift from Mr. and Mrs. Walter F. Brown Sr.

The Legacy of Fear” is Brook’s latest NYT column on how poorly post-Soviet countries have fared since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Brooks is a commentator on PBS’ “The News Hour With Jim Lehrer” and a regular political commentator with E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.” Click here to listen to their commentary that aired just before the Nov. 4 general elections when Brooks correctly predicted the shift of seven seats in the U.S. Senate to the Republicans.

Brooks writes about culture as well as politics, and he employs a wry sense of humor that gives him cross-over appeal on the political spectrum, an increasingly rare attribute. His willingness to express independent views that differ has on occasion made him the subject of attacks by more strident conservatives.

Given the Republican landslide that swept the nation, Texas and Bexar County, Brooks’ lecture should be a timely one for anyone with an interest in political trends.

*Featured/top image: New York Times Columnist and author David Brooks. Courtesy photo.

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Robert Rivard

Robert Rivard is co-founder and columnist at the San Antonio Report.