Frank Bruni

New York Times Columnist and Best-Selling Author

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Compassionate, thoughtful, funny, and sharp, Frank Bruni unpacks America’s obsession with the so-called “best” schools, sharing his own story, as well as the (at times surprising) academic CVs of many American CEOs, political leaders, and innovators. Students, parents, and educators come away moved, calmed, and inspired by Frank’s message: where you go is not who you’ll be. In a separate presentation, Frank discusses the importance of the liberal arts for broadening perspectives and building connections in a society that’s increasingly fractured; for developing better citizens in a society whose democratic institutions aren’t working as well as they ought to be; and for cultivating the soul in a commercialized, materialistic, mechanistic world. As a political columnist, Frank has his finger on the pulse of all things Washington. Responding to the extreme polarization of the United States today, Frank urges audiences to exit their “digital cocoons,” and examines how the nation became so divided and what each of us can do to find a path back to common ground.

Frank Bruni is an exceptional speaker. Witty, insightful, and able to synthesize information in comprehensive and down-to-earth manner. A delight to work with.

- Project Resilience

About Frank Bruni

Frank Bruni has been an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times since June 2011. In his columns, which appear every Sunday and Wednesday, he reflects on diverse topics including American politics, higher education, and gay rights. He joined the newspaper in 1995 and has been a White House correspondent, the chief restaurant critic, a staff writer for The Times Magazine, and the Rome bureau chief. He is the author of three New York Times best-sellers, the most recent of which, Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania, was published in March 2015 to widespread acclaim. His previous best-sellers were the 2009 memoir Born Round, about the joys and torments of his eating life, and a 2002 chronicle of George W. Bush’s initial presidential campaign, Ambling into History.
The Times’s first openly gay op-ed columnist, he was named GLAAD’s newspaper columnist of the year several times and, in the fall of 2016, was given the Randy Shilts Award for his lifetime contributions to L.G.B.T. Americans by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. He frequently appears as a political commentator on CNN, MSNBC, and Charlie Rose.

Speech Topics

  • America's Customized Cocoons: How Contemporary Life Tucks Us into Cultural and Ideological Niches
  • and History: A Tour of Fathers and Sons Throughout History and Literature
  • Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania
  • Witness to History: Three Decades as an Openly Gay Journalist and Life and Work as the First Openly Gay Op-Ed Columnist for the New York Times

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