February 11, 2016
AMHERST, Mass.—Amherst College will host Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, best-selling author, political commentator and physician Charles Krauthammer for a conversation on “Conservatism in the United States Today” at Buckley Recital Hall on Wednesday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Krauthammer will also participate in a question-and-answer session and signing of his most recent book, Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics, immediately thereafter.
The event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.
Dr. Krauthammer’s syndicated column for The Washington Post appears in more than 400 newspapers worldwide and earned him a 1987 Pulitzer Prize. In 2006, the Financial Times named Dr. Krauthammer the most influential commentator in America, saying that he “has influenced U.S. foreign policy for more than two decades.” He appears nightly on FOX’s news program Special Report with Bret Baier.
His latest book, Things That Matter, a #1 New York Times bestseller, has sold more than a million copies.
Born in New York City and raised in Montreal, Dr. Krauthammer was educated at McGill University (B.A. 1970), Oxford University (Commonwealth Scholar in Politics) and Harvard Medical School (M.D. 1975). While serving as chief resident in psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, he co-discovered a form of bipolar disease.
In 1978, he quit his medical practice and moved to Washington to help direct planning in psychiatric research in the Carter administration. In 1980, he served as a speechwriter for Vice President Walter Mondale. He joined The New Republic in 1981. Three years later, his New Republic essays won the National Magazine Award for Essays and Criticism.
From 2001 to 2006, he served on the President’s Council on Bioethics. He is president of The Krauthammer Foundation and chairman of Pro Musica Hebraica, an organization dedicated to the recovery and performance of lost classical Jewish music. He is also a member of Chess Journalists of America.
This event is made possible by alumni generosity through the Croxton Lecture Fund. The fund was established in 1988 by William M. Croxton '36 in memory of his parents, Ruth L. and Hugh W. Croxton. Income from this fund is to be used to educate Amherst students and to bring publicity to the College by virtue of the renown of speakers underwritten by the fund.