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Tuesday, February 25, 2014 | 6:00pm
Lisner Auditorium
720 21st St NW
Washington, DC 20052

The GW School of Business invites students, alumni, faculty and staff to the Inaugural Richard W. Blackburn Endowed Lecture on Civility and Integrity. This year's lecture will be delivered by New York Times Op-Ed columnist David Brooks. Mr. Brooks will speak on themes related to the importance of civility in business discourse and integrity in business conduct.

This annual lecture serves as the capstone signature event for the undergraduate School of Business First Year Development Program, a two semester long course sequence required for all first year undergraduate students. The program’s curriculum – designed to enhance the education of undergraduate students and begin their preparation for future careers – includes classwork on academic integrity and ethics, professional communications, ethical issues in business, and leadership, all with a strong focus on individual strength assessments, self-reflections, career development and what it means to be a GWSB student.

In addition to the lecture, during the event the FYDP students will pledge to uphold the George Washington University School of Business Honor Oath, committing to an academic and professional career founded on integrity and civility.

About David Brooks

David Brooks became a New York Times Op-Ed Columnist in September 2003. He has been a senior editor at The Weekly Standard, a contributing editor at Newsweek and the Atlantic Monthly, and he is currently a commentator on "The Newshour with Jim Lehrer." He is the author of "Bobos In Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There" and “On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense,” both published by Simon & Schuster. His most recent book is “The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement,” published by Random House in March 2011. Read More

About Richard W. BlackburnRichard Blackburn headshot

The Richard W. Blackburn Endowed Lecture on Civility and Integrity was established through a generous endowment gift to the GW School of Business from Mr. Blackburn. A distinguished alumnus of the Law School, Mr. Blackburn is Retired Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer for Duke Energy and a trustee of the George Washington University. Mr. Blackburn endowed the lecture because of his belief that success in business always depends on trust and that civility and integrity are the essential foundations for creating and sustaining that trust.

Online registration for this event is now closed, however you are still welcome to attend and check-in in the lobby of Lisner.

Online registration for this event has now closed.