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Author and New York Times Columnist David Brooks to Keynote National Forum on Character Education

David Brooks, New York Times Op-Ed columnist and author, will be a keynote speaker at the National Forum on Character Education, Oct. 24-27 in Washington, DC.

Washington DC, DC, May 20, 2013 --( 2013 National Forum to Focus on School Safety, Leadership and Community Involvement

Character Education Partnership (CEP) is proud to announce David Brooks as one of several esteemed keynote speakers at the 2013 National Forum on Character Education, taking place Oct. 24-27 in Washington, DC. David Brooks has been a New York Times Op-Ed columnist since 2003 and has written several books including his most recent, The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement, published by Random House March 2011. Brooks will be making his keynote address on Friday morning, Oct. 25.

Brooks has a long and established journalism career as a political and cultural commentator, including work with the Washington Times, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic Monthly and Newsweek. Brooks is also a frequent commentator on PBS Newshour and National Public Radio. He is currently teaching a class on philosophical humility at Yale University.

“David Brooks is the only national columnist who regularly gives voice to moral issues and the subject of character,” said Mark Hyatt, CEP President and CEO. “We are so pleased that he will be the opening keynote speaker for our conference. His deep thinking on the importance of character will really set the stage for the Forum’s discussions of what makes for effective character education.”

CEP board member Linda McKay said, “Through his writing and speaking David Brooks has brought to the forefront that one's success is more determined by their character and inner strength than IQ, wealth, and prestige.”

In a speech at the Aspen Institute’s 2012 Festival, Brooks spoke about “The Character Code.” He said, “We're in a world full of good people, but who don't have a clear vocabulary for character. We don't have a moral system.” The educators who will be in the audience at CEP’s Forum are hoping to change all that through effective character education.

In previous talks Brooks has stressed the importance of role models and exemplars. At its conference, CEP will be honoring its exemplars, the 2013National Schools and Districts of Character. These exemplar schools do outreach and serve as mentors to other schools.

“We’ve been trying to get David Brooks to speak ever since we heard him speak a few years ago,” said Chief Operating Officer Rebecca Sipos. “We think the world is hungry for good character, and his speech will truly stimulate the thinking of conference attendees.”

Character Education Partnership is a national advocate and leader for the character education movement. Based in Washington, DC, CEP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nonsectarian coalition of organizations and individuals committed to fostering effective character education in our nation’s schools. CEP provides the vision, leadership and resources for school, families and communities to develop ethical citizens committed to building a just and caring world. For more information about State and National Schools of Character and how schools can improve through high-quality character education, visit
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