Columnist, author, and TV commentator David Brooks to speak at UP on March 16, 2016

Dundon-Berchtold Institute

June 15, 2015

David Brooks, a columnist for The New York Times, analyst on PBS’ Newshour and National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, frequent contributor on Meet the Press, and author of The Road to Character, will speak at the University of Portland on March 16, 2016.

This event will be open to the public and tickets will go on sale this fall. Discounted rates will be available for all University of Portland faculty, staff, and students. This lecture will be sponsored in part by UP’s Dundon-Berchtold Institute for Moral Formation and Applied Ethics.

Brooks has a gift for bringing audiences face to face with the spirit of our times with humor, insight, and quiet passion. His current book, The Road to Character, explores the road to a deeper inner life and explains why selflessness leads to greater success. His previous books include The Social AnimalOn Paradise Drive, and Bobos in Paradise. For more information on Brooks and The Road to Character, see

The study of character formation and ethics is a professional priority for University of Portland’s President, Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C. Fr. Poorman is both president and a professor of theology, teaching the widely popular “Character Project”, a highly interactive course about moral formation and character development. Fr. Poorman is committed to providing opportunities for UP’s students to engage with issues of moral significance, and is proud that the University is “a beacon for self-reflection and encourages ongoing conversation about the importance of a solid ethical core and intentional character formation in today’s world.”

With gratitude to University of Portland Regent Amy Dundon-Berchtold and her husband Jim Berchtold ’63, UP established the Dundon-Berchtold Institute for Moral Formation and Applied Ethics in 2012. The Institute is designed to ensure that the University meets its aspirations both to form the moral character of its students and to encourage sustained ethical reflection in business, science, engineering, education, health care, and the arts. 


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