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Few news columnists are as erudite, opinionated, controversial and widely read as Pulitzer Prize-winning writer George F. Will. Will's newspaper column appears twice weekly in 480 newspapers and has been syndicated nationally by The Washington Post Writers Group since 1974. A Newsweek
contributing editor since 1976, he produces a back page column addressing diverse topics from politics to baseball.
Will writes occasionally for The London Daily Telegraph, is a television news analyst for Capital Cities/ABC News Television Group, and became a founding member of the panel of ABC's "This Week with David Brinkley" in 1981.
In addition to his 1977 Pulitzer for commentary for his newspaper columns, Will was named the best writer on any subject in a 1985 readers' poll conducted by The Washington Journalism Review. In 1979, he was a finalist for the National Magazine Award for essays and criticism. He won the 1978 National Headliner Award for consistently outstanding feature columns, and the 1980 and 1991 Silurian Award for editorial writing. Women in Communications awarded him First Place/Interpretive Column in the 1991 Clarion Awards competition.
Altogether, eight collections of Will's columns have been published, the most recent being, “One Man’s America: The Pleasures and Provocations of Our Singular Nation” (2008). Will has also published three books on political theory, “Statecraft as Soulcraft: What Government Does” (1983), “The New Season: A Spectator's Guide to the 1988 Election” (1987) and “Restoration: Congress, Term Limits and The Recovery of Deliberative Democracy” (1992). In 1990, he published “Men At Work: The Craft of Baseball,” which topped The New York Times bestseller list for two months.
Will was born in Champaign, Illinois in 1941, and educated at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut; Oxford University, and Princeton, where he earned his Ph.D. in politics. He has taught political philosophy at Michigan State, the University of Toronto and Harvard. Will served on the staff of the United States Senate for Gordon Allott (R-CO) from 1970-72. Will lives and works in the Washington, D.C. area.
This Contemporary Civilization Lecture was sponsored by the Naval War College Foundation through the generosity of the Colonel John A. and Eileen F. Carr Fund and Edwin S. Soforenko Foundation.