MEDIA ADVISORY-New York Times columnist David Brooks to explore "The Geography of Politics" in Vanderbilt address

NASHVILLE, Tenn. ñ David Brooks, a columnist for The New York Times and senior editor at The Weekly Standard, will explore "The Geography of Politics" in a Vanderbilt University address on Wednesday, Oct. 22. The lecture begins at 6 p.m. in Ingram Hall at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music. A reception with Brooks will precede the lecture at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

During television coverage of the 2000 presidential election, Brooks noticed two Americas being depicted as he watched returns on election night: "Red America," the blocks of red stretched through the middle of the electoral map denoting states that went for George W. Bush, and "Blue America," the portions of blue around major cities on the coasts denoting states that went for Al Gore. As a proud Blue American, Brooks wondered, who is Red America, and do the differences between the red and blue factions of our country effectively split us into two nations?

**Brooks will be available to speak with the media on Wednesday, Oct. 22 from 2-3 p.m. To schedule an interview time, call 322-2706 no later than 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21.

WHAT: David Brooks, New York Times columnist, to speak on "The Geography of Politics"

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m. Reception with Brooks at 5 p.m. Interview times available Wednesday from 2-3 p.m.

WHERE: Reception and lecture at Ingram Hall in Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music. 2400 Blakemore Ave.

Media contact: Kara Furlong, (615) 322-NEWS

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