Arthur C. Brooks

Arthur Brooks

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  • Arthur C.  Brooks 
  • President, American Enterprise Institute; bestselling author and social scientist


No matter what our political views, few people believe our country is as united as it should be. Whether in the media, politics, or even in our personal relationships, we all recognize that the country is increasingly defined by a culture of contempt—in which people treat others with whom they disagree as defective, or worthless. Within this distressing reality, however, there lies an opportunity for our nation. Drawing on history, social psychology, behavioral economics, and the counsel of ancient wisdom, Arthur Brooks addresses the divisions that plague America, and finds a set of strategies to help us disagree better, forge a new model of aspirational leadership, and unite the country.

Arthur Brooks is a bestselling author, a social scientist, and the president of the American Enterprise Institute. He works with top scholars, policymakers, and elected officials to fight for for all Americans’ access to free enterprise and earned success.

Arthur’s path to Washington, DC, has been anything but typical. At 19, he left college to play the French horn professionally. He toured internationally and recorded several albums, eventually landing in the City Orchestra of Barcelona. In his late 20s, Arthur returned to the US and completed his bachelor’s degree by correspondence. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in public policy, focusing on microeconomics and mathematical modeling. After completing his doctorate, he spent 10 years as a professor of public administration.

Arthur is an in-demand speaker, a New York Times opinion writer, and a frequent radio and TV commentator. A Seattle native, he has been married for 26 years to his wife, Ester. They live in Maryland and have three children.

Presentations at Calvin University:

Bringing America Together
Part of the: January Series

Friday, January 4, 2019  (12:30 PM–1:30 PM EST)
Covenant Fine Arts Center Auditorium

Underwritten by: Barnes & Thornburg, LLP and the Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics

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Part of the: January Series

Thursday, January 7, 2010  (12:30 PM–1:30 PM EST)
Calvin Chapel

Underwritten by: The Richard & Helen DeVos Foundation

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Featured publication

The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America

The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America
by Arthur C.  Brooks 
Broadside Books (June 6, 2017)


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