Portrait of Ross Douthat on left; picture of his book
Ross Douthat, author of "Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics" (2012)

Amherst will welcome author, blogger and New York Times columnist Ross Douthat for a talk titled “American Conservatism and Donald Trump” on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 8 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium.

After his talk, Douthat will take questions from the audience and be available to sign copies of his most recent book, Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics (2012), hailed by the Washington Post as “a superb documentation of America’s crisis of faith.”

The event is free and open to the public.

Douthat is also the author of Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class (2005), a critique of the University as a world of privilege and complacency. With Reihan Salam, he co-authored Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream (2008). The book has been praised for its thoughtful, moderate conservative approach to solving America’s social ills and reinvigorating the Republican party in the age of Obama.

Formerly a senior editor and blogger at The Atlantic, Douthat is the youngest op-ed columnist in the history of The New York Times, where he’s covered politics, religion, moral values and higher education since 2009. He is credited with helping the conservative movement find a new relevance and new constituencies in 21st century America.

The event is made possible by the generosity of the Victor S. Johnson 1882-1943 Lectureship Fund and the Croxton Lecture Fund, which were established by alumni and their families to bring distinguished speakers to campus.