Hillard Gold ’39 Lecture

The 2015-2016 Hillard Gold ’39 Lecture Series and Eve Marie Carson Lecture Series present Frank Bruni.

Frank Bruni: “Digital Cocoons, Political Polarization and the Path Back to Common Ground”

Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 6PM, Genome Sciences Building Auditorium (G100)

This lecture is free and open to the public.

Frank Bruni is a New York Times Op-Ed columnist and the author of three bestselling books: a 2002 chronicle of George W. Bush’s initial presidential campaign, “Ambling into History;” a 2009 memoir, “Born Round,” about the joys and torments of his eating life; and, most recently, a 2015 reflection on higher education, “Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania,” which was published in March to rave reviews and garnered extensive media coverage.

His career at The Times spans 20 years and includes stints as a White House correspondent, the chief restaurant critic, the Rome bureau chief and a staff writer for the Sunday magazine. He came to The Times from The Detroit Free Press, where he was, alternately, a war correspondent, the chief movie critic and a religion writer. A lengthy narrative portrait of a convicted pedophile for the Free Press was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing and the seed of a book, “A Gospel of Shame: Children, Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church,” that he co-wrote with a reporter for the Miami Herald.

In his Op-Ed columns, which appear every Sunday and Wednesday, he reflects on diverse topics, including American politics, higher education, gay rights, religion, entertainment and even football.  He is The Times’s first openly gay Op-Ed columnist. He appears occasionally as a commentator on CNN, MSNBC and other networks; was a guest judge on “Top Chef;” and showed up briefly in the movie “Julie & Julia,” written and directed by a good friend, Nora Ephron.

He graduated with a B.A. in English from U.N.C.-Chapel Hill in 1986 and was a Morehead Scholar at the university, where he also served as Associate Editor of the Daily Tar Heel. He received an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University in 1988, graduating second in his class and winning a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship. He lives in New York City.

The Hillard Gold ’39 lecture series is hosted by Honors Carolina in the College of Arts and Sciences and is made possible by the gift of James Gold ’72 and Jonathan Gold ’75 in honor of their late father, alumnus Hillard Gold.


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