Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from the Culture of Contempt
October 2, 2019 | 6:00pm - 7:00 p.m.
SMU Collins Executive Education Center | Crum Auditorium
3150 Binkley Ave, Dallas, TX 75205
Presented in partnership with CIQ@SMU
The Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility is proud to present a lecture by Arthur C. Brooks, Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School and an Arthur C. Patterson Faculty Fellow at the Harvard Business School.
In this lecture, Dr. Brooks' will discuss his most recent book, Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from the Culture of Contempt. Here, he argues that America has developed a "culture of contempt" in which we increasingly view people who disagree with us not as merely incorrect or misguided, but as worthless. This, he argues, is warping political discourse, tearing us apart as people, and even wrecking our health. But we can fight back. Drawing on ancient wisdom, cutting-edge behavioral science, and examples from history’s greatest leaders, Dr. Brooks shows how we can bridge national divides and make progress as a society, all while becoming happier and more effective people. Love Your Enemies is a guide to building a better country-but more than that, it is a roadmap to the happiness that comes when we choose to love one another, despite our differences.
Dr. Brooks is a columnist for The Washington Post, host of the podcast “The Arthur Brooks Show,” 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 textbook “Social Entrepreneurship” was published by Prentice Hall in 2008. Dr. Brooks’ latest book, “Love Your Enemies” (Broadside Books), and a feature-length documentary, “The Pursuit,” were both released in spring 2019. He has also been published in dozens of academic journals.
With a PhD and an MPhil in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School, an MA in economics from Florida Atlantic University, and a BA in economics from Thomas Edison State College.
A student forum at 3:00 pm will be available to SMU students. Please click here to register for that event.
Event Host Committee
Jim and Hong Bass
Ashlee Hunt Kleinert
Bobby B. Lyle