George Will to Deliver Fall Atkinson Lecture

George F. WillGeorge F. Will, syndicated columnist with the The Washington Post since 1974,and whose column now appears in almost 500 newspapers in the United States and in Europe, will present the fall Atkinson Lecture at Willamette University Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. in Smith Auditorium. He will discuss "Public Affairs, Public Policy and American Society."

Tickets for the general public are $10 and are available at the Information Desk on the ground floor opposite the Bookstore in University Center.

Will has been a contributing editor of Newsweek magazine since 1976 and earned a Pulitzer Prize in 1977 for newspaper commentary.

Seven collections of his Newsweek and Washington Post columns have been published, the most recent being "With A Happy Eye But...: America and the World, 1997-2002." He has also published three books on political theory: "Statecraft as Soulcraft: What Government Does," "The New Season: A Spectator's Guide to the 1988 Election," and "Restoration: Congress, Term Limits and The Recovery of Deliberative Democracy."

In 1990, Will published "Men At Work: The Craft of Baseball," which topped The New York Times bestseller list for two months. In 1998, Scribner published "Bunts: Curt Flood, Camden Yards, Pete Rose and Other Reflections on Baseball," a best-selling collection of new and previously published writings on baseball. In July 2000, Will was a member of Major League Baseball's Blue Ribbon Panel, examining baseball economics.

In 1981, he became a founding panel member on ABC's This Week.

Will, a native of Illinois, was educated at Trinity College, Oxford University and Princeton University, where he earned his PhD. He has taught political philosophy at Michigan State University, the University of Toronto and Harvard University.

He served as a staff member in the United States Senate from 1970-72 and from 1973-76, he was the Washington editor of National Review magazine.