Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist George Will to speak at CSU for Monfort Lecture

Across the country, sitting in his office in Washington, D.C., Pulitzer Prize winning Washington Post columnist George F. Will reflected on his childhood and counted his blessings.

“It certainly was a blessing to have educated parents. They both were teachers. The conversation was good. Books were a part of life and a big part of our décor in our home,” Will said.

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Having teachers for parents, he is no novice to the importance of education. Will enjoys the academic setting. So much in fact, that he has dedicated a big part of his life to traveling the country giving speeches.

“Well, it gets me out of Washington. I’ve forgotten who it was defined Washington as an enclave surrounded on four sides by reality,” Will said. “It’s extremely good to get out into the country and hear what normal people are thinking and talking about and I particularly enjoy getting together with students.”

Considered to be one of the most renowned writers in the world, according to a CSU official, Will is known for his appearance in over 450 newspapers, his biweekly column in Newsweek and his political commentary on ABC.

Thursday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m., the conservative commentator will take stage at Moby Arena as part of CSU’s 2013 Monfort Lecture Series. Nearly 2,500 tickets have already been reserved by CSU students, faculty and staff. 3,000 total tickets are expected to be reserved by tomorrow evening. Tickets are free but required for entry. They can be picked up at the Lory Student Center or online at csutix.com.

“Coming just days after the inauguration and on the heels of closely-watched presidential campaign that saw record spending from both Democrats and Republicans, Mr. Will’s insights into the political discourse of our nation promise to be timely and significant,” wrote Kayla Green in an email to the Collegian. “Mr. Will’s visit is timed to coincide with a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Monfort Excellence Fund that, in addition to distinguished lectures, has played a transformative role in supporting CSU through student scholarships and faculty awards.”

The speaker plans to discuss “The Political Argument Today,” the title of his lecture. The Monfort Excellence Fund started in 1999 and will continue until 2014.

“I hope people say of my argument, ‘I disagree with it but he makes it well and to them I say the longer you listen to me the more certain it is I’m going to convert you,’” Will said. “The conservatism is true and the truth is irresistible.”