Satirical writer to return to hometown to speak at College of Law

September 28, 2009 | Events, UToday
By Anita Crane



Best-selling humorist P.J. O’Rourke will speak at The University of Toledo College of Law Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 11:45 a.m. in the Law Center Auditorium on Main Campus.

His speech, “The Invisible Hand of the Market vs. the Government’s Visible Fist,” will be presented as part of the Stranahan National Issues Forum. It is free and open to the public.

“In troubled times like these, it will be refreshing to hear a discussion of important issues of public policy that is laced with humor,” said Daniel Steinbock, UT associate dean of the College of Law. “We look forward to a provocative and entertaining presentation from one of Toledo’s stellar native sons.”

The visit is just the latest in a string of nationally high-profile speakers who have visited the College of Law in recent years.

O’Rourke has written 15 books, including Parliament of Whores, Give War a Chance, Eat the Rich, The CEO of the Sofa, Peace Kills and On the Wealth of Nations. His most recent book, Driving Like Crazy, was published in June.

Both Time and The Wall Street Journal have called him “the funniest writer in America.” He was born in Toledo and is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

The Toledo native is the H.L. Mencken Research Fellow at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C., and is a regular correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, The American Spectator and The Weekly Standard. He also is a frequent panelist on National Public Radio’s game show “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!”

The Stranahan National Issues Forum is a joint program of The University of Toledo College of Law and its chapter of the Federalist Society. It is made possible by an endowment from the Stranahan Foundation.

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