Frank Bruni, New York Times’ first openly gay op-ed columnist, will speak about the recent shift in public sentiment on gay marriage in America. The event takes place on Sept. 30 at 8 p.m. at Goucher College Kraushaar Auditorium, 1021 Dulaney Valley Rd. in Towson.
Bruni, Goucher’s fall 2013 Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Visiting Professor, has been an op-ed columnist for The New York Times since June 2011. He joined the paper in 1995, first working for the metropolitan desk. He and three colleagues won the George Polk Award that year for coverage of the child-abuse death of Elisa Izquierdo.
He later moved to the Washington bureau, covering Congress and George W. Bush’s presidential campaign and first year in office. He left Washington to serve as the Rome bureau chief from 2002 to 2004 and then became the Times’ chief restaurant critic from 2004 to 2009.
Bruni has consistently contributed to the Times’ Sunday magazine, and during two periods—most recently from 2009 to 2011—he was one of its staff writers. From 2010 to 2011, he additionally wrote a column on bars and drinking, called “The Tipsy Diaries.”
He has also written two New York Times best sellers: a memoir, “Born Round” (2009), and “Ambling Into History” (2003), a chronicle of George W. Bush’s campaign for the presidency, and he was the co-author of “A Gospel of Shame: Children, Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church” (1993).
The Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Visiting Professorship was created to bring distinguished scholars, teachers, and practitioners to Goucher’s campus to advance local and national dialogues on pressing issues of our time. Tickets are $10 general admission. Visit here for tickets or call 410-337-6333.