Monday, March 5, 2018
Under Donald Trump, American conservatism increasingly presents itself as authoritarian and ethnically chauvinist. How has this happened? Why? Are hopes dead for a conservatism that is democratic, responsible, and inclusive? David Frum, a former staffer to President George W. Bush, senior editor at The Atlantic, and author of the NYT bestseller Trumpocracy will offer a vision of a better future for the American center-right.
David J. Frum is a Canadian-American neoconservative political commentator. A speechwriter for President George W. Bush, Frum later became the author of the first "insider" book about the Bush presidency. He is a senior editor at The Atlantic and also a CNN contributor.
Over the years, Frum has worked for Canadian publications as well as American ones, including the National Review and the Wall Street Journal. He worked at the American Enterprise Institute after leaving the Bush White House, and also counseled Rudy Giuliani on his presidential bid.
Frum received his B.A. and M.A. from Yale University in 1982. He graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1987, where he served as president of the Federalist Society. His first book, Dead Right, was published in 1994 and was hailed by the conservative right as an important piece of ideological literature for the conservative movement.
Mr. Frum's Athenaeum talk is co-sponsored by the President's Leadership Fund.