Furman University hosts American Enterprise Institute President Arthur C. Brooks in “Bringing America Together” Dec. 4

Brooks’ talk, “Bringing America Together,” is part of Furman's Tocqueville Lecture Series, “Love, Friendship, and Politics”

Brooks’ talk, “Bringing America Together,” is part of the Tocqueville Lecture Series, “Love, Friendship, and Politics”

Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), will speak on the campus of Furman University Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 5 p.m. in Watkins Room of the Trone Student Center.


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His talk, “Bringing America Together,” is free and open to the public. The lecture is the second in the five-part Tocqueville series, “Love, Friendship and Politics.”

Since January 2009, Brooks has served as president of AEI, where he is also the Beth and Ravenel Curry Scholar in Free Enterprise. He is also a contributing opinion writer to The New York Times.

Brooks will step down from his position at AEI in June 2019 and take up a professorship in Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in the practice of public leadership as well as a senior fellowship in the Harvard Business School.

Before joining AEI, Brooks taught economics and social entrepreneurship at Syracuse University. He is the best-selling author of 11 books on topics including the role of government, fairness, economic opportunity, happiness, and the morality of free enterprise.

His latest book is New York Times best-seller “The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America” (Broadside Books, 2015). His next book, “Love Your Enemies,” is due out from Harper-Collins in 2019.

Brooks holds a Ph.D. and an M.Phil. in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He also holds a master’s in economics from Florida Atlantic University and a bachelor’s in economics from Thomas Edison State College. Prior to his academic career, Brooks was a professional French horn player.

Upcoming lectures slated for the Tocqueville Series include:

Wednesday, Jan. 30, 5 p.m., Watkins Room, Trone Student Center
Mark Edmundson, Professor of English, University of Virginia
“In Defense of Ideals”

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 5 p.m., Johns Hall 101
Mary P. Nichols, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Baylor University
“Friendship in Aristotle’s ‘Ethics’”

Wednesday, April 10, 5 p.m., Watkins Room, Trone Student Center
David Bromwich, Professor of English, Yale University
"Power, Passion, and Mark Antony"

For more information, contact Paige Blankenship in the Furman Department of Politics and International Affairs at 864-294-3547 and paige.blankenship@furman.edu. Or visit www.furman.edu/tocqueville.

About the Tocqueville Program
The Tocqueville Program is an intellectual community devoted to seeking clarity about the moral and philosophic questions at the heart of political life. The program hosts curricular and extracurricular activities designed to help students and faculty to engage seriously with the most powerful arguments behind diverse and competing religious, political and ethical points of view.

The program is named for Alexis de Tocqueville, a 19th-century French author, statesman and traveler who developed a “new science of politics” focused on the study of the modern democratic soul. On the contested, partisan questions of his time, Tocqueville “undertook to see, not differently, but further than the parties.” The Tocqueville Program aims to follow his example.