In this conversation, Ilan Stavans and David Brooks will discuss whether America’s ideological polarization is unbreachable and how we might find common ground. This event is part of the Politics and Poetry Series and is co-sponsored with the Amherst College Political Union.
David Brooks has been an op-ed columnist for The New York Times since 2003 and a political commentator for the PBS NewsHour since 2004. His books include The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement (2011), The Road to Character (2015) and The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life (2019).
Ilan Stavans is the Lewis-Sebring Professor of Humanities and Latin American and Latino Studies at Amherst and the publisher of Restless Books. His most recent books are The Seventh Heaven: Travels through Jewish Latin America (2019), How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish (2020) and Selected Translations: Poems 2000-2021 (2021). He is the recipient of numerous international awards and honors, and his work has been translated into 20 languages, and adapted into film, radio, TV and theater.