New York Times columnist and author David Brooks will give the Cutchins Distinguished Lecture, “Leadership in Today’s World,” at 7:30 p.m. on March 24 at Virginia Tech. Brooks’ presentation will be held in the Burruss Hall auditorium, located at 800 Drillfield Dr.

The event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. Free parking for the event is available around the Drillfield, in the Perry Street lots, and in the Perry Street parking garage near Prices Fork Road. Find more parking information online, or call 540-231-3200.

Brooks is a major political and social analyst with keen insights and in-depth analysis on present-day politics and foreign affairs.

Brooks is the author of four books, including his most recent, “The Road to Character,” which explains “why selflessness leads to greater success. He tells the story of ten great lives that illustrate how character is developed, and how we can all strive to build rich inner lives, marked by humility and moral depth.”

He also is a bi-weekly op-ed columnist for The New York Times and a regular analyst on PBS NewsHour and NPR’s All Things Considered.

Brooks teaches a course at Yale University and holds honorary degrees from Williams College, New York University, Brandeis University, Occidental College, to name a few. In 2010, he became a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Robin Atkins at 540-231-9457 or email during regular business hours at least 10 days prior to the event.

The Cutchins Distinguished Lecture is sponsored by the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, the Maj. Gen. W. Thomas Rice Center for Leader Development, and the Pamplin College of Business. The lecture is also held in celebration of Founders Day.

The Rice Center aims to educate cadets about leadership and prepare them to be leaders of integrity and ability. It is named in honor of the late W. Thomas Rice, a retired railroad industry executive and former rector of the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. A member of the Class of 1934, Rice received his degree in civil engineering. The lecture series is named for the late Clifford A. Cutchins III, a former bank chairman and board of visitors rector. A member of the Class of 1944, Cutchins received his degree in accounting. Both were members of the Corps of Cadets.

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