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Ross Douthat
Co-author of Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream

"The Obama Presidency in the Shadow of the Midterms"
Humanities Lecture Series

Tue., Oct. 19, 2010, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Location: Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union

*Co-sponsored by Kansas Public Radio.

The youngest Op-Ed columnist in the history of The New York Times, conservative commentator Ross Douthat delivers a unique perspective on contemporary American politics. He combines thoughtful analysis and a big picture context that reminds some observers of another Times luminary, the columnist Thomas Friedman.

Formerly a senior editor and blogger at The Atlantic, Douthat has written on topics ranging from higher education to national politics to celebrities' religious conversions. He continues to grow his online influence in a lively blog at Times.com called "The Conversation," with Gail Collins, also of the Times. His writing is credited with helping the foundering conservative movement find a new relevance and new constituencies in 21st century America.

Mother Jones describes Douthat as "the devoutly Catholic, anti-porn, pro-abstinence, pro-life prodigy of punditry," and has this to say about his approach: "His comfort with complexity, and with those who disagree with himalong with his somewhat unconventional upbringing, his unorthodox ideas on abortion law, and his embrace of both popular culture and highbrow literaturemake him a surprising conservative writer."

Douthat received his bachelor's degree from Harvard in 2002. He then went on to be a Senior Editor at The Atlantic Monthly before taking his current position. He has written pieces for The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, Policy Review, GQ, and Slate. He wrote Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class (2005) and co-authored Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream (2008) with Reihan Salam.

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