Presented in collaboration with the Humanities Institute of the College of Arts & Sciences
When 29 year old Ross Douthat was invited to join The New York Times nine years ago, he would be the youngest conservative voice to appear on its prestigious Op-Ed page, covering politics, religion, moral values and higher education. Since this launch, Douthat has frequently darted between an independent meld of free-thinking, non-partisanship and strict, doctrinal orthodoxies. In the tradition of Wm. F. Buckley, (they were skinny dipping together off of Buckley’s sailboat in LI Sound!) Douthat’s quest is to preserve the integrity of intellectual conservatism while embracing the impact of popular culture.
Raised with deep Yankee roots – his great grandfather was Connecticut Governor Wilbert Snow - he gained attention with a national visibility opining at the Harvard Crimson. Douthat is a polymath animated about the Red Sox, C.S. Lewis, and the impact on the new church of Jesuit Pope Francis. The New Yorker frames his vibrant and articulate voice: “Douthat, a staunch social conservative who nonetheless manages to project a tone of Gen X knowingness and mild ennui, is not so much an ideological champion or purveyor of contrarian opinion as a cunning interpreter.”
Come join us for a truly provocative romp across the new barricades of the ‘Culture wars’ at the frontier between populist shouting vs earnest, respectful civil discourse in the USA today.