Join us for the 17th Annual Thomas H. Lake Lecture with special guests David Brooks and Anne Snyder. Together they will discuss faith, philanthropy and community.
Update: The Thomas H. Lake Lecture and reception with David Brooks and Anne Snyder scheduled for March 12 are being rescheduled for fall 2020. Indiana University is suspending all large events due to general concerns about the COVID-19 coronavirus. A new date will be announced.
Patterns of religious and philanthropic participation are changing across all types of groups and organizations, and the research suggests that these changes may be linked. Lower religious affiliation and activity may lead to less charitable giving and community engagement. At the same time, new forms of faith-based activity, philanthropy, and community are emerging. Taken together, these trends have powerful implications for faith, philanthropy, and the fabric and future of America’s communities.
March 12, 2020
6:00 - 7:30 pm
St. Luke's UMC
100 W. 86th Street, Indianapolis
About David Brooks
David Brooks joined the Aspen Institute as an Executive Director in March 2018 to spearhead a bold new project aimed at bridging the differences that divide Americans and seeking out a compelling common ground. The project will include a series of workshops in diverse communities across the nation in order to identify unifying themes and promising partners. The initiative’s longer-term goal is to draw attention to organizations that are effectively healing social divisions, to see how their efforts can be applied to the national level, and to create a network and set of permanent structures to allow for planning, dialogue, and action.
David Brooks has been an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times since September 2003. He is currently a commentator on “The PBS Newshour,” NPR’s “All Things Considered” and NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
He is the author of Bobos In Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There and The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement. In April of 2015 he came out with his fourth book, The Road to Character, which was a number 1 New York Times bestseller.
Mr. Brooks also teaches at Yale University, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
About Anne Snyder
Anne Snyder is the editor-in-chief of Comment magazine.
Since 2016 Anne has directed The Philanthropy Roundtable‘s Character Initiative, a program seeking to help foundations and business leaders strengthen “the middle ring” of morally formative institutions. Her path-breaking guidebook, The Fabric of Character: A Wise Giver’s Guide to Renewing our Social and Moral Landscape, was published in 2019. Anne is also a Fellow at the Center for Opportunity Urbanism, a Houston-based think tank that explores how cities can drive opportunity for the bulk of their citizens, and a Senior Fellow of The Trinity Forum. From 2014 to 2017 Anne worked for Laity Lodge and the H.E. Butt Family Foundation in Texas, and before that, the Ethics and Public Policy Center, World Affairs Journal and The New York Times. She has published widely, including The Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post, City Journal, and of course Comment, and serves as a trustee for the Center for Public Justice, the Hyde Park Institute, and the Colangelo Carpenter Innovation Center. Anne spent the formative years of her childhood overseas before earning a bachelor's degree from Wheaton College (IL) and a master's degree from Georgetown University.