David Brooks, best-selling author and New York Times columnist, will deliver OU’s keynote address

Best known as an opinion columnist for The New York Times, a position he’s held since 2003, Brooks is also a regular commentator on “The PBS NewsHour” and NPR’s “All Things Considered.” His writings and commentaries explore culture, politics and social science.

“As one of the finest public intellectuals of our time, in his writings, David Brooks inspires us to build community and pursue a life of purpose,” said OU President Joseph Harroz Jr. His profound reflections on society and culture – our values, the importance of personal relationships, defining true happiness and joy – are timely messages for our graduates as they embark on the next chapter of their lives.

Brooks is the author of several books, including No. 1 New York Times Bestseller, The road of character, which explores the path to a deeper inner life and explains why selflessness leads to greater success. In his most recent book, The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Lifehe draws heavily on his personal experience, exploring what he sees as the attributes that exemplify a life of meaning and purpose.

Brooks teaches at Yale University and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He joined The weekly norm in the creation of the magazine, as editor-in-chief. He also worked for nine years at The Wall Street Journal in a range of positions including op-ed editor. Brooks also contributed to the writing of Newsweek and the Atlantic Monthly.

For more information about OU’s graduation ceremony, please visit www.ou.edu/commencement.

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