Conservative Columnist George Will On Climate Change, Immigration And Baseball

Dec 4, 2012

George Will is a Pulitzer Prize-winning political journalist and author.  He is perhaps most well-known for his conservative columns in the Washington Post, which have appeared in the paper since 1974.

Will is scheduled to deliver the fall 2012 keynote speech for the John C. Danforth Center on Religion & Politics at Washington University.

George Will plans to provide insight into America’s current political climate and the impact of religion in the process.  His lecture is titled Religion and Politics in the First Modern Nation.

He talked with Jim Kirchherr of The Nine Network, who was filling in for Don Marsh.

Political Climate

Among other things, Will said Democrats and Republicans are defined by central party leaders, rather than eccentric politicians such as Todd Akin of Missouri and Richard Mourdock of Indiana.  He said the Democratic Party also has its share of eccentrics.

Global Warming

On global warming, George Will said, “I remember in the 1970s that there were an enormous amount of articles about global cooling.  The question is do we have enough certainty today that we have to make decisions involving trillions of dollars based on models which 30 years ago turned out to be not true.”


George Will is also an ardent baseball fan.  In the 1990s he published two books on the subject, Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball and Bunts: Curt Flood, Camden Yards, Pete Rose and Other Reflections on Baseball.

“My opinion is that if you cheated - if you made a mockery of the record book, like Barry Bonds did - you should not be included in the Hall of Fame,” Will said.

Related Event

Washington University's John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics Presents George Will in "Religion and Politics in the First Modern Nation"
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
7:00 p.m.
Washington University's Graham Chapel

*The event is free and open to the public but reservations are requested. To RSVP send an email message to*