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NYT Op-Ed Columnist Ross Douthat to speak at College of Law Feb. 19

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,” at noon Wednesday, Feb. 19 in the McQuade Law Auditorium at The University of Toledo College of Law. 


The free, public lecture is a presentation in the College’s Stranahan National Issues Forum and is sponsored by the 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 for the Times editorial pages. 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. Douthat will consider various perspectives on such issues as the recent government shutdown, the Affordable Care Act, and the role of religion in society, and consider 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, 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.”

New York Times bestselling author Douthat’s most recent book is Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics (Free Press, 2012). He also is 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.

Click here to download a photo of Douthat.

Stranahan National Issues Forum
The Stranahan National Issues Forum is a joint program of The University of Toledo College of Law and its chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies. It 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 Ross Douthat joins a long list of high-profile speakers who have delivered the Stranahan Lecture at the UT College of Law.

Reserved parking for lecture attendees is available in Lot 25, which is adjacent to Rocket Hall. Visitors may access Lot 25 from Secor Road using College Drive.


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