Gordon in the News: last updated 09/14/2012

Michael Gerson: The Role of Citizens, Government and Civil Society

September 1, 2012

Cyndi McMahon, media relations

WENHAM, MA—Michael Gerson, nationally syndicated columnist and former chief speech writer for President George W. Bush, will be speaking at Gordon College September 13–14 on the topic “Whose Responsibility is Opportunity?” This event will be part of the Richard F. Gross Distinguished Lecture Series at the College for the fall and moderated by Gordon’s president, D. Michael Lindsay.

Thursday, September 13 at 4:30 p.m., Gerson will deliver a talk entitled “Whose Responsibility is Opportunity? The Role of Citizens, Government and Civil Society.” The lecture will take place in the Ken Olsen Science Center, MacDonald Auditorium. He will speak again on Friday, September 14 at 10:25 a.m. in the A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel. Both lectures are free and open to the public. The events are sponsored by the Center for Christian Studies.

“Michael Gerson is one of the leading conservative opinion-shapers in the country today,” says Tal Howard, director of the Center for Christian Studies. “A key architect and spokesman for George W. Bush’s idea of ‘Compassionate Conservatism,’ Gerson has a knack for showing how conservative principles wedded to religious conviction can empower individuals and civil society to work for the greater good of all citizens.”

Gerson is a nationally syndicated columnist who appears twice weekly in the Washington Post. He serves as Senior Advisor at ONE, a bipartisan organization dedicated to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable diseases. He is the Hastert Fellow at the J. Dennis Hastert Center for Economics, Government, and Public Policy at Wheaton College in Illinois. He serves on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, the Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Committee on Conscience, the Board of Directors of Bread for the World, the Initiative for Global Development Leadership Council and the Board of Directors of the International Rescue Committee. He is co-chair of The Poverty Forum and co-chair of the Catholic/Evangelical Dialogue with Dr. Ron Sider.

Gerson is the author of Heroic Conservatism and co-author of City of Man: Religion and Politics in a New Era.

Gerson was a top aide to President George W. Bush as Assistant to the President for Policy and Strategic Planning. He was a key administration advocate for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the President's Malaria Initiative (PMI), funding for women’s justice and empowerment issues, and the fight against global sex trafficking. Prior to that appointment, he served in the White House as Deputy Assistant to the President, Policy Advisor, Director of Presidential Speech Writing, and Assistant to the President for Speech Writing. Gerson joined Bush's presidential campaign in early 1999 as chief speech writer and a senior policy advisor.

For more information on this event, contact Debbie Drost in the Center for Christian Studies at Gordon College at or by calling 978.867.4365.


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Michael Gerson