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Yale professor David Brooks explores balance of personal and community values in lecture


New York Times columnist and Yale Professor David Brooks discusses the balance between personal values and the values of the community in a lecture attended by over 400 Alvernia first-year students in addition to faculty, staff and community members.


Brooks shared thoughts and examples from his own interpersonal experiences on the importance of others in the success of communities, the desires of the heart and soul and the ways the darkest moments shape a person’s future.


Alvernia students in the First-Year Seminar course read Brooks’ #1 New York Times Bestseller The Road to Character as part of the course. Following the lecture, students had the opportunity to ask Brooks questions based on the lecture and his book.


The First-Year Seminar Lecture is an annual event organized by the Holleran Center for Community and Global Engagement.