UCSB Arts & Lectures presents Former President of the American Enterprise Institute, Arthur C. Brooks to discuss National Renewal on Tuesday, May 11 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific

This virtual event is available for ticket holders to replay for one week

SUMMARY

  • UCSB Arts & Lectures presents Arthur C. Brooks
  • National Renewal 
  • Harvard professor, columnist for The Atlantic, and the bestselling author of 11 books on topics ranging from economic opportunity to human happiness
  • Subject of the hit documentary The Pursuit  
  • Brook’s recent bestseller, Love Your Enemies, is a guide to building a better country and mending personal relationships amidst our culture of political polarization
  • This presentation will be followed by a Q&A moderated by Katya Armistead, UC Santa Barbara Assistant Vice Chancellor & Dean of Student Life
  •  Ticket holders will be able to replay this event for one week
  • Tuesday, May 11 / 5:00 p.m. Pacific / Virtual
  • $10 General Public and FREE for UCSB Students (registration required)
  • Tickets/Info: (805) 893-3535, www.ArtsAndLectures.UCSB.edu

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“Brooks beholds America’s 21st-century tribal feuds… with a clear, intelligent eye and a hospitable attitude… Only transcendence can open the way to better solutions down the road.” 

The New York Times

UCSB Arts & Lectures presents former president of the American Enterprise Institute, Arthur C. Brooks to discuss National Renewal on Tuesday, May 11 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific. At a time of historic polarization, public leaders and ordinary citizens alike are wondering how to fight back against the bitterness and contempt washing over America. Drawing on history, cutting-edge social science and a decade of experience leading the American Enterprise Institute, one of the nation’s preeminent think tanks, Arthur C. Brooks shows that what the country needs is not agreement, but better disagreement. Brooks is a Harvard professor, a columnist for The Atlantic, the bestselling author of 11 books on topics ranging from economic opportunity to human happiness and the subject of the hit documentary The Pursuit. His recent bestseller, Love Your Enemies, is a guide to building a better country and mending personal relationships amidst our culture of political polarization.

This presentation will be followed by a Q&A moderated by Katya Armistead, UC Santa Barbara Assistant Vice Chancellor & Dean of Student Life.

ABOUT

ARTHUR C. BROOKS

Arthur C. Brooks is the William Henry Bloomberg Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School and Professor of Management Practice at the Harvard Business School. Before joining the Harvard faculty in July of 2019, he served for ten years as president of the Washington, D.C.-based American Enterprise Institute (AEI), one of the world’s leading think tanks.

Brooks is the author of 11 books, including the national bestsellers Love Your Enemies (2019), The Conservative Heart (2015) and The Road to Freedom (2012). He is also a columnist for The Atlantic, host of the podcast “The Art of Happiness with Arthur Brooks,” and subject of the 2019 documentary film The Pursuit, which Variety named as one of the “Best Documentaries on Netflix” in August 2019. He gives more than 100 speeches per year around the U.S., Europe and Asia.

Brooks began his career as a classical French hornist, leaving college at 19, touring and recording with the Annapolis Brass Quintet and later the City Orchestra of Barcelona. In his late twenties, while still performing, he returned to school, earning a BA through distance learning at Thomas Edison State College and then an MA in economics from Florida Atlantic University. At 31, he left music and earned an MPhil and Ph.D. in public policy analysis from the Rand Graduate School, during which time he worked as an analyst for the Rand Corporation’s Project Air Force.

Brooks then spent 10 years as a university professor, becoming a full professor at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in his seventh year out of graduate school and occupying the Louis A. Bantle Chair in Business and Government. During this decade, Brooks published 60 peer-reviewed articles and several books, including the textbook Social Entrepreneurship (2008).

In 2009, Brooks became the 11th president of AEI, also holding the Beth and Ravenel Curry Chair in Free Enterprise. Under his leadership, the Institute more than doubled its annual revenues, deepened its outreach to leaders across the ideological spectrum and expanded its research portfolio to include work on poverty, happiness and human potential. During this period, he was selected as one of Fortune Magazine’s “50 World’s Greatest Leaders” and was awarded six honorary doctorates. Originally from Seattle, Brooks currently lives in Newton, Massachusetts, with his wife Ester Munt-Brooks, who is a native of Barcelona. They have three children, Joaquim, Carlos and Marina.

KATYA ARMISTEAD

Katya Armistead has served as UC Santa Barbara’s Dean of Student Life since 2015. Her contributions to Student Life include working with groups of students to bring their ideas for events and initiatives to fruition, especially in the wake of adversity, crisis and even tragedy. Her aspirations as AVC/DOS are to foster increased collaboration among Student Life units and to foster a sense of campus community such that all students feel they truly belong.

UCSB ARTS & LECTURES

Founded in 1959, UCSB Arts & Lectures (A&L) is the largest and most influential arts and lectures organization between Los Angeles and San Francisco. A&L annually presents more than a hundred events, from critically-acclaimed concerts and dance performances by world-renowned artists to talks by groundbreaking authors and film series at UCSB and Santa Barbara-area venues. With a mission to “educate, entertain and inspire,” A&L also oversees an outreach program that brings visiting artists and speakers into local classrooms and other venues for master classes, open rehearsals, discussions and more, serving K-12 students, college students and the general public. 

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Arthur C. Brooks is presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures. 

Corporate Sponsor: Casa Dorinda

House Calls Media Sponsors: Santa Barbara Independent, KCRW, Voice Magazine, Noozhawk

Most House Calls events are hour-long programs. Running time: approx. 60 min.

Tickets are $10 for the general public and FREE for UCSB students (registration required)

For tickets and more information, call UCSB Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 or visit www.ArtsAndLectures.UCSB.edu.

UCSB Arts & Lectures gratefully acknowledges our Community Partners the Natalie Orfalea Foundation & Lou Buglioli for their generous support of the 2020-2021 season.

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