David Brooks: The moral ecology of American democracy

David Brooks speaking at LBJ library in 2022

David Brooks speaking at the LBJ Presidential Library in 2022

James C. Lehrer Lecture

David Brooks: The moral ecology of American democracy

David Brooks, William Antholis (moderator), Stephen M. Burns (introduction)

Thursday, May 04, 2023
1:00PM - 2:15PM (EDT)
Event Details

Welcome to the 2nd annual James C. Lehrer Lecture—named in honor of the late Jim Lehrer, PBS NewsHour co-founder and former anchor, and one of America’s leading journalists who reported on every presidency from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama. Lehrer was also a longtime member of the Miller Center's board. 

New York Times op-ed columnist and PBS NewsHour commentator David Brooks joins Miller Center Director and CEO William Antholis to discuss Lehrer’s legacy of journalistic integrity, Lehrer's creation of a “moral ecology” at PBS NewsHour, and Brooks’s views on the state of the moral and social foundations of American democracy.

The Lehrer Lecture was established with generous financial support from Mary Anne Burns and Stephen M. Burns, Anne L. Fife and Eugene V. Fife, Alice W. Handy and Peter A. Stoudt, Kate Lehrer, and Karen Turner and Fred W. Scott Jr. The Miller Center also thanks the George and Judy Marcus Democracy Praxis Fund for its support of this event.

Thursday, May 04, 2023
1:00PM - 2:15PM (EDT)
The Miller Center
2201 Old Ivy Rd
Charlottesville, VA
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David Brooks

David Brooks began his media career as a police reporter for the City News Bureau in Chicago before joining the Washington Times in 1984. In 1986 he joined the Wall Street Journal and ultimately became the editor of the opinion page. He served as a senior editor at The Weekly Standard magazine from its inception in 1995. Brooks joined the New York Times as an op-ed columnist in September 2003 and is also a commentator on PBS NewsHour, NPR’s All Things Considered, and NBC’s Meet the Press. He is the author of several books, including Bobos in Paradise (2000), On Paradise Drive (2004), The Social Animal (2011), The Road to Character (2016), The Second Mountain (2019), and the forthcoming How to Know a Person: The Art of Seeing Others Deeply and Being Deeply Seen (2023). Brooks teaches at Yale University and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He graduated from the University of Chicago in 1983 with a BA in history.

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William Antholis (moderator)

William J. Antholis has served as director and CEO of UVA's Miller Center of Public Affairs since January 2015. In that time, the Miller Center has strengthened its position as the leading nonpartisan research institution on the American presidency and worked with scholars across the University of Virginia to deliver vital research to policymakers and the public. Before coming to the Miller Center, Antholis served as managing director at the Brookings Institution from 2004 to 2014, working directly with Brookings's president and vice presidents. Antholis is the author of Inside Out India and China: Local Politics Go Global (2013) and co-author (with Strobe Talbott) of Fast Forward: Ethics and Politics in the Age of Global Warming (2010). He has published articles, book chapters, and opinion pieces on U.S. politics, U.S. foreign policy, international organizations, the G8, climate change, and trade.

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Stephen M. Burns (introduction)

Stephen M. Burns, chair of the Miller Center's Governing Council, is a managing partner at Quad-C Management, a middle-market private equity firm headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia. Since joining Quad-C in 1994, Burns has invested in the building products, business services, specialty chemicals, packaging, transportation/logistics, and food sectors. Prior to joining Quad-C, Burns worked in the Risk Arbitrage Group and Leveraged Capital Group at Paribas and the corporate development group at W.R. Grace. He graduated from Boston College with a BS degree and earned his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.