Will to speak at USD symposium Washington Post columnist and television commentator George Will is the featured speaker Tuesday, April 20 for the annual Arthur Volk Symposium sponsored by The University of South Dakota School of Business.
Will is scheduled to speak at 8 p.m. The symposium is open to the public.
Will, a contributing editor to Newsweek and a television news analyst for This Week on ABC News with Cokie Roberts and Sam Donaldson, will address "Public Affairs, Public Policy, and American Society."
A nationally known author, Will has taught political philosophy at Michigan State University, the University of Toronto and Harvard University.
Will's newspaper columns have been syndicated by the Washington Post since 1974 and today they appear in just under 500 newspapers in the U.S. and Europe. Will won a Pulitzer Prize (1977) for commentary in his newspaper columns. In 1976, he became a regular contributing editor of Newsweek, for which he still provides the back page essay twice a month.
Six collections of Will's Newsweek and Washington Post columns have been published, including the most recent entitled The Woven Figure: Conservatism and America's Fabric in 1997. Will has published three books on political theory including his 1994 book Restoration: Congress, Term Limits, and the Recovery of Deliberative Democracy. In 1990, Will wrote Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball. Recently, Scribner published Will's book, Bunts: Curt Flood, Camden Yards, Peter Rose and Other Reflections on Baseball, a collection of new and previously published writings on baseball.
In 1981, he became a founding member of the panel of ABC's This Week.
Born in 1941 at Champaign, IL, Will was educated at Trinity College in Hartford, CT, Oxford University and Princeton University, where he earned his Ph.D. He served on the staff of the U.S. Senate from 1970-72. Will served as Washington editor of the National Review from 1973-76.
Named in honor of Professor Arthur A. Volk, who taught accounting at USD for 36 years, the symposium is held annually and brings together students, faculty and business leaders for discussion of current topics. During his USD tenure (1948-84), Volk also served as director of the Business Placement Bureau and organized the nationally recognized internship program.