Willamette University, Students at the Mill Stream

2010-11 Atkinson Lecture Series features extraordinary journalists

David Rohde


David Brooks

Willamette will host two very special guests during the 2010-11 Atkinson Lecture Series.

Fall 2010: David Rohde

On Nov. 2, 2010, David Rohde will tell the compelling story of his capture, detention and escape from tribal areas of Afghanistan. For seven months, Rohde witnessed a sprawling Taliban mini-state that trained young Afghan and Pakistani suicide bombers, plotted terrorist attacks and helped shelter Osama bin Laden — with tacit support from Pakistan's military intelligence service.  

Rohde will meet with students for a small group conversation at 4 p.m., followed by a discussion with interested media from 5-6 p.m. Doors close promptly when the lecture begins at 8 p.m. After the lecture, Rohde will sign copies of his upcoming book about Afghanistan and Pakistan since 2001.

Prior to taking leave to write a book, Rohde was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of Afghanistan and Pakistan. He has worked at The New York Times since 1996, first as reporter for the metro desk and then as co-chief of the South Asia Bureau. His stories for The Christian Science Monitor on the mass execution of 7,000 Bosnian Muslims won the Pulitzer Prize in 1996.

Spring 2011: David Brooks

On Feb. 17, 2011, Willamette will host acclaimed writer David Brooks. Brooks' opinion pieces in The New York Times focus on cultural and political issues. Spurred by his interest in human behavior, he is writing a book about neuroscience, due out in early 2011.

He will meet with students for a small group conversation at 4 p.m., followed by a discussion with interested media from 5-6 p.m. Doors close promptly when the lecture begins at 8 p.m.

Brooks has written an Op-Ed column in The New York Times since 1993 and is a weekly commentator on PBS NewsHour. He has held editorial positions with The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, Newsweek and The Atlantic Monthly. Brooks has also contributed to many other publications and broadcasts, including The New Yorker, The Washington Post, and Forbes.

Brooks edited Backward and Upward: The New Conservative Writing, and he wrote Bobos In Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There as well as On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense.

About the series

The Atkinson Lecture Series comprises a fall and spring lecture, each from an internationally prominent leader, author or actor. Past lecturers include Colin Powell, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Paul Krugman, Benazir Bhutto and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, among many others.

Tickets remaining after distribution to the campus community will be available to the public, typically a few weeks in advance of the lecture. For ticket information, visit the Atkinson Lecture Series website or call Willamette's information desk at (503) 370-6300.

The Atkinson Lecture Series was originally established through a generous endowed gift from the Atkinson family in support of continuously enhancing intellectual life at Willamette.