Author and New York Times columnist David Brooks to speak May 5

Author and New York Times columnist David Brooks to speak May 5

More than 1,000 people are expected to hear author and commentator David Brooks, a columnist for the New York Times, who is this year’s Opus Distinguished Speaker for the University of St. Thomas’ Opus College of Business next month.

David Brooks

Brooks will give a speech titled "The Age of Obama" at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, at Orchestra Hall, 111 Nicollet Mall. The event, which originally was scheduled on the university’s campus but was moved to accommodate the large audience, is free and open to the public.

Registrations are requested online at

Prior to joining the Times in 2003, Brooks was senior editor at The Weekly Standard and a contributing editor at Newsweek and The Atlantic. He also is a commentator on "The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer" on PBS. He is author of Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There (2000) and On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense (2004), both published by Simon & Schuster.

Brooks joined The Weekly Standard, a conservative American opinion magazine, at its inception in 1995 after nine years at The Wall Street Journal. His last post at the Journal was as op-ed editor. He previously was posted to Brussels, covering Russia, the Middle East, South Africa and European affairs. His first post at the Journal was as editor of the book review section, and he filled in for five months as the Journa's movie critic.

Brooks is a 1983 graduate of the University of Chicago, where he majored in history.

The Opus Distinguished Speakers Program brings nationally recognized leaders of business, government and academia to the university. They are chosen for their outstanding accomplishments, public service and character.

For more information about Brooks’ visit or the Opus Distinguished Speaker series, call the Opus College of Business, (651) 962-4200, or visit .