The Art of Happiness

March 27, 2018
Brooks lecture poster

Arthur C. BrooksPresident, American Enterprise Institute

How does human happiness change over a lifetime? More importantly, how can you build a life that results in deep and lasting happiness? Behavioral economist and American Enterprise Institute president Arthur Brooks answers these questions by weaving together prominent works of art, music, poetry, eastern and western philosophy, and the latest in the science of human happiness.

Arthur C. Brooks is President of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). He has served as president since January 1, 2009. He is also the Beth and Ravenel Curry Scholar in Free Enterprise.

Before joining AEI, Dr. Brooks was the Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, where he taught economics and social entrepreneurship. Prior to his work in academia and public policy, he spent 12 years as a classical musician in the United States and Spain.

Dr. Brooks is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and the bestselling 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 the New York Times bestseller “The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America” (Broadside Books, 2015). He has also published dozens of academic journal articles and the textbook “Social Entrepreneurship” (Prentice Hall, 2008).

Dr. Brooks has a Ph.D. and an M.Phil. in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He also holds an M.A. in economics from Florida Atlantic University and a B.A. in economics from Thomas Edison State College.

Video:

The Art of Happiness

Location:

Robertson Hall Bowl 16

Cosponsored by:

  • The G.S. Beckwith Gilbert '63 Lectures
  • The James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions