Course Details

220: Exploring David Brooks: Social Philosopher to Cultural Critic

July 15-18, 2019
9:45 AM - 11:15 AM

For many decades, David Brooks has been writing about politics from a centrist perspective and pinpointing the "magnetic center" of America’s moral compass. He's also become one of our sharpest minds in anticipating the complex, changing social norms affecting our country. In his New York Times opinion columns, Brooks has been encouraging us to take active roles in our communities and to think about the simple, civil rules that should govern which thoughts and emotions are right. By expanding our moral scholarship, we can better weigh in on key public issues such as student debt, income inequality, healthcare, etc. Over this course, we’ll read and discuss the core insights in his writings, including his annual Sydney Awards.

Class Format: Reading and Discussion

Hours of Reading: Less than 1 hour/session

Study Group Leader(s):

Carl Weichel
Carl Weichel has held various positions over his career in marketing, design, and advertising in Australia, South Africa, Canada, and San Francisco, and continues to consult. Carl has led OLLI study groups on Political Polarization, The 1960s Decade, Eastern Religions and Philosophies, and "Our Hidden Brain's" Emotions and Behaviors.