Character in Politics

The Annual Elizabeth M. Whelan Lecture

April 25, 2018
Ponnuru lecture poster

Ramesh Ponnuru '95, Senior Editor, National Review

An America's Founding and Future Lecture

This presidency has renewed the perennial debate over the importance of public officials' character. Can a distinction be made between public and private virtues? How should an official's policy successes be weighed against his character defects? And what should citizens make of the shifting positions of liberals and conservatives on these issues? Ramesh Ponnuru will discuss these and other vexed questions of the present moment.

Ramesh Ponnuru '95 is a senior editor at National Review, where he has covered national politics and policy for more than 20 years. He is also a columnist for Bloomberg View, which syndicates his articles in newspapers across the nation. He is a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and he serves as a contributing editor to National Affairs, the quarterly journal of conservative ideas. He has written frequently for the Washington Post, New York Times, and other publications. Ponnuru grew up in Kansas City, Kansas, and is a graduate of Princeton University. He now lives in the Washington, D.C., area with his wife and daughters.


Character in Politics


McCormick Hall 101

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