FEB. 25 UPDATE: Thursday’s talk by syndicated columnist George Will at Clemson University has been canceled due to the weather. There is no information about rescheduling of the event.


CLEMSON – Nationally syndicated columnist George F. Will will visit Clemson University Feb. 26 as the featured speaker for the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism’s biannual John W. Pope Lecture.

He will speak about “America’s Great Debate: James Madison vs. Woodrow Wilson” in a free public event at 4:30 p.m. in Tillman Hall auditorium.

Will is best known for his conservative commentary. He won a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1977, and his newspaper column appears twice weekly in more than 450 newspapers. He served as a contributing analyst for ABC News for more than 30 years and is now a fixture on Fox News daytime and primetime programs.

His talk will illustrate how American political thought can be understood as an argument between two of his fellow Princeton alumni: James Madison and Woodrow Wilson, highlighting the struggle between Wilson’s progressivism and Madison’s Constitution of limited government.

The Pope Lecture Series, sponsored by the John William Pope Foundation, features biannual lectures focused on topics in political science and economics.

George F. Will is one of the most widely recognized, and widely read, writers in the world. The Washington Post has syndicated his newspaper column since 1974, and he was a regular contributing editor to Newsweek magazine for 35 years.