Bret Stephens To Speak At GN Synagogue 


BretStephensGNSynagogue_010616.BjpgBret Stephens will discuss current politics shaping the world at Great Neck Synagogue’s GNS Sunday Conversations on Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. A dessert reception will follow.

Stephens writes Global View, the foreign-affairs column in The Wall Street Journal, for which he won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary. He serves as the paper’s deputy editorial-page editor, responsible for international opinion and is a member of the Journal’s editorial board. He’s also a regular panelist on the Journal Editorial Report, a weekly political talk show on the Fox News Channel. After joining the Journal in 1998, he worked for the paper in New York and later in Brussels.

In January 2002, at age 28, he was the youngest person ever to be named editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Post, where he oversaw the paper’s news, opinion, digital and international editions, and wrote a weekly column.

BretStephensGNSynagogue_01616.AHe returned to the Journal in late 2004 and has reported stories from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Burma, the Gaza Strip, South Africa and Mexico, and has interviewed dozens of world leaders. In addition to the Pulitzer, he is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, including the Bastiat Prize for his writings on economic subjects, the Breindel Prize for excellence in opinion journalism and the University of Chicago’s Professional Achievement Award. In 2005, he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He is a trustee of the Naval War College foundation.

Stephens is the author of America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder. The book was hailed by historian Niall Ferguson as a “shrewd, sharp and shamelessly unfashionable defense of American power,” and by former Secretary of State George Shultz as “wise counsel for a constructive, tough-minded and sensible foreign policy.”

Raised in Mexico City, Stephens earned a BA with honors from the University of Chicago and an MSc from the London School of Economics. He is married to Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, PhD, a music critic for The New York Times. They currently live in Manhattan with their three children.

Future events at Great Neck Synagogue include speakers Rabbi Jeffrey Woolf, an expert on the interaction between Judaism and other cultures on Feb. 19 to 20, and Martin Fletcher, one of the most respected and renowned reporters in the world, on March 13.

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