Peggy Noonan is a widely admired columnist for The Wall Street Journal, and the bestselling author of eight books on American politics, history, and culture. Called “the voice of our times” by USA Today, she is an accomplished and esteemed fixture in American political journalism. A former special assistant to President Ronald Reagan and former chief speechwriter for Vice President George H. W. Bush, she is considered one of this century’s premier presidential speechwriters. Her political column for the Wall Street Journal was called “indispensable to an understanding of the presidential year,” by the National Journal in 2008 and Forbes Magazine called it “principled, perceptive, persuasive, and patriotic.” Noonan’s essays have also appeared in TIME, Newsweek, The Washington Post and other publications, and she provides frequent political commentary on television. Noonan’s most recent best-seller, Patriotic Grace: What It Is and Why We Need It Now, is a call for more elevated national politics. In it, Noonan reminds us that we must face our common challenges together—not by rising above partisanship, but by reaffirming what it means to be American.
Established in 2006 by Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch, Voices of Our Time is a guest speaker series that brings some of the world’s leading thinkers to campus. It offers a unique opportunity for Wake Forest students, faculty and staff as well as members of our surrounding community to hear from today’s most influential voices on important national and international issues.