Ross Douthat, New York Times op-ed columnist, author and blogger, will deliver a talk titled “Finding the Voice of Modern Conservatism: Between Ted Cruz and Chris Christie” Wednesday, Feb. 19, at noon in the Law Center McQuade Law Auditorium.The free, public lecture is a presentation in the Stranahan National Issues Forum, sponsored by the UT College of Law and its chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies.
The youngest op-ed columnist in the history of The New York Times, conservative commentator Douthat analyzes domestic and international politics and government.
In his talk at the College of Law, Douthat will explore the range of modern conservative opinion and how its competing voices manifest themselves in politics, law and society. He will share various perspectives on such issues as the recent government shutdown, the Affordable Care Act, and the role of religion in society, then analyze how conservatism can reclaim the moral high ground in contemporary discourse.
“Ross Douthat embodies a rare combination of the thoughtful and the critical,” said Lee Strang, UT professor of law. “His many books and countless essays are praised by people across the spectrum. Douthat’s lecture, where he will share his unique insights on today’s conservative movement, is sure to provoke thought and conversation.”
The New York Times best-selling author’s most recent book is Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics (Free Press, 2012). He is also the author of Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class (Hyperion, 2005), and the co-author, with Reihan Salam, of Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream (Doubleday, 2008).
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 has contributed to The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard and National Review, among other publications.
The Stranahan National Issues is made possible by an endowment from the Stranahan Foundation. The forum’s purpose is to address issues of national importance through the lens of the American legal system, and Douthat joins a long list of high-profile speakers who have delivered the Stranahan Lecture at the College of Law.