Leading conservative journalist to share insights into presidential election
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — David Frum, one of the nationâ€™s leading conservative journalists and intellectuals, will share his insights into this tumultuous presidential election year during a public presentation at 6 p.m. Oct. 9. at the University of Floridaâ€™s Bob Graham Center for Public Service in Pugh Hall. The event is open to the public and it will also be streamed live at www.bobgrahamcenter.ufl.edu.
A former speechwriter and special assistant to President George W. Bush, Frum has distinguished himself as an independent thinker who takes his fellow conservatives and the Republican Party to task for what he frequently describes as a crisis within the conservative movement. His talk, titled â€śWhy the American Political System Doesnâ€™t Work,â€ť will detail how Washington is changing and what these changes mean for the American people.
Frum is one of the busiest commentators working today, writing columns and blog posts for Newsweek and The Daily Beast as well as serving as a political analyst for CNN. Frum has such a knack for blending trenchant insights with humor that he is a frequent guest on Comedy Centralâ€™s â€śColbert Reportâ€ť and â€śThe Daily Show,â€ť and HBOâ€™s â€śReal Time with Bill Maher.â€ť And heâ€™s no stranger to campaigns. In 2007-2008, he served as senior foreign policy adviser to the Rudy Giuliani presidential campaign. Frum is also a member of the board of directors of the Republican Jewish Coalition.
Frumâ€™s first book, â€śDead Rightâ€ť (1994), was described by William F. Buckley, the founding father of modern conservatism, as â€śthe most refreshing ideological experience in a generation.â€ť The liberal pundit Frank Rich, then of The New York Times, called it â€śthe smartest book written from the inside about the American conservative movement.â€ť In 1996, The Wall Street Journal acclaimed him as â€śone of the leading political commentators of his generation.â€ť His memoir of the Bush administration, â€śThe Right Man,â€ť was a New York Times bestseller. Heâ€™s also the author of a critically acclaimed history of the 1970s and most recently, a novel about politics.
Born in Toronto in 1960, Frum received simultaneous bachelorâ€™s and masterâ€™s degrees in history from Yale in 1982. He was appointed a visiting lecturer in history at Yale in 1986; in 1987, he graduated cum laude from the Harvard Law School, where he served as president of the Federalist Society.
- Shelby Taylor, 352-273-1086