Don't miss George F. Will tomorrow

By: Jennie McKee

Jennie McKee

Pulitzer Prize-winning conservative newspaper columnist, essayist, and author George F. Will, PhD, will address AAOS fellows at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9, in the Gateway Ballroom of Moscone South.

George F. Will

As a columnist, Mr. Will is known for his hard-hitting analyses of domestic and foreign politics and policy. His twice-weekly column in The Washington Post has been syndicated since 1974, and appears in approximately 400 papers throughout the United States and Europe. He wrote a bimonthly essay for Newsweek as a contributing editor from 1976 through 2010. He is a founding panel member of ABC television’s Sunday morning show “This Week,” which debuted in 1981.

Mr. Will has received many prestigious accolades for his writing, foremost among them being a 1977 Pulitzer Prize for commentary in his newspaper columns. In addition, he received a 1978 National Headliners Award for “consistently outstanding special features columns” in Newsweek, earned a 1980 Silurian Award for Editorial Writing, and was named “Best Writer, Any Subject” by the Washington Journalism Review in 1985. Eight collections of his Newsweek and Washington Post columns have been published.

Politics and baseball
Known not only for his deep interest in politics, but also for his abiding enthusiasm for baseball, Mr. Will has authored several highly successful books on politics as well as two best-selling books on baseball, including Bunts: Pete Rose, Curt Flood, Camden Yards and Other Reflections on Baseball, as well as Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball, which topped The New York Times best-seller list for 2 months and was recently reissued in April 2010 as a 20th anniversary special edition.

The Washington, D.C. resident was born in Champaign, Ill. He attended Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., as well as Oxford University and Princeton University. He has taught political philosophy at Michigan State University, the University of Toronto, and Harvard University. He was a staff member in the United States Senate from 1970 to 1972, and served as editor of National Review magazine from 1973 to 1976.

Whether he’s taking issue with the Obama administration’s healthcare plan or assessing the stances of the Republican presidential nominees, Mr. Will is sure to be thought-provoking and witty—and his address is one you won’t want to miss.