2010 Kuyper Lecture
16th annual Kuyper Lecture
The lecture took place July 8, 2010, in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC. It coincided with CPJ's 2010 Civitas leadership programs.
Michael J. Gerson is the Hastert Fellow at the J. Dennis Hastert Center for Economics, Government, and Public Policy at Wheaton College in Illinois, and is co-chair of The Poverty Forum and co-chair of the Catholic/Evangelical Dialogue with Dr. Ron Sider.
Gerson is also a nationally syndicated columnist whose op-ed pieces appear twice weekly in The Washington Post. His book Heroic Conservatism was published by HarperOne in 2007. His forthcoming book is titled The City of Man.
Gerson serves on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, the Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Committee on Conscience, the Initiative for Global Development Leadership Council, and the boards of directors of Bread for the World and the International Rescue Committee.
From 2006 to 2009, Gerson was the Roger Hertog Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Before that, he was a top aide to President George W. Bush as Assistant to the President for Policy and Strategic Planning. He was a key advocate for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the President’s Malaria Initiative, the fight against global sex trafficking, and funding for women’s justice and empowerment issues. He earlier served the President as policy adviser and chief speechwriter.
He was previously a senior editor covering politics at U.S. News and World Report. He was a speechwriter and policy adviser for Jack Kemp and a speechwriter for Bob Dole during the 1996 presidential campaign. He has also served Senator Dan Coats of Indiana as Policy Director. Gerson is a graduate of Wheaton College.