Ross Douthat to Present Annual Founders Day Lecture

St. Joseph’s College (SJC) is pleased to announce that New York Times op-ed columnist and author Ross Douthat will present the annual Founders Day lecture on the Brooklyn Campus. This lecture, entitled, “The God Within: Self-Worship and the Fragmentation of America” will take place on Monday, September 30 at 12:40 p.m. in the Tuohy Hall Auditorium. During his talk, Douthat will discuss theological and social themes, connecting pop spirituality in the style of Eat Pray Love to various trends in contemporary life. After the lecture, he will take questions from the audience.

“Ross Douthat is a leading intellectual and opinion maker, and his op-ed pieces in The New York Times have dealt with political, cultural, spiritual and economic issues of importance to this nation and our world,” said Dr. Richard Greenwald, academic dean and professor at SJC’s Brooklyn Campus. “I am thrilled to have Ross as this year's Founders' Day lecturer because I know what he says will have meaning and impact for our students and community.”

Ross Douthat joined The New York Times as an op-ed columnist in April 2009. Previously, he was a senior editor at The Atlantic and a blogger for His most recent book is “Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics” (Free Press, 2012). He is also the author of “Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class” (Hyperion, 2005) and the co-author, with Reihan Salam, of “Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream” (Doubleday, 2008). 

Every year, SJC celebrates the pioneering spirit of its inaugural class by holding the Founders Day lecture. This lecture, which has featured some of the most dynamic and respected figures in a wide range of disciplines, serves as a living testament to the probing intellect and dedication to learning  shared by the enterprising young women that opened St. Joseph’s doors over nine decades ago.  

This event is free and open to the public. For more information about this event or St. Joseph’s College, please call 718.940.5584.