President of American Enterprise Institute Arthur C. Brooks spoke at Chautauqua Institution in 2016 about his experience in economics and the disadvantages to America’s free enterprise system during a week themed “Moral Leadership in Action.”
Brooks and Institution President Michael E. Hill have built a good relationship over many years, according to Chief of Staff Matt Ewalt. Through a series of conversations between the two, Brooks became drawn to this season’s Week Six theme, “The Changing Nature of Work.”
“I think Arthur has been a important partner early in Michael’s leadership of Chautauqua Institution,” Ewalt said. “(Arthur was drawn) to a week in which (we’re) not only looking at what the potential future of work looks like, but also really digging into the dignity of work and the cultural (and) philosophical shifts that need to happen to make communities thrive.”
At 10:45 a.m. Friday, Aug. 3, in the Amphitheater, Brooks will return to the morning lecture platform to share his thoughts on the changing nature of work and what direction it will head into the future.
Ewalt said that Brooks has the necessary experience to offer insight into the future of work. In addition to his nine years as president of AEI, he was also the Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government Policy at Syracuse University, holds degrees in economics and policy analysis and is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times.
Brooks has also authored 11 books on the topics of economic opportunity, happiness, government and other areas. His book, The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America, which looks at conservatism as a movement for happiness, unity and social justice, was a New York Times best-seller in 2015.
“Much of his work is not only being able to identify some of these larger structural problems and shifts in the country,” Ewalt said, “but in a deeper sense, thinking about how we as communities and a nation across political differrnces really do address deep wounds that can keep swaths of citizens from success.”
Earlier this year, Brooks spoke at Brown University about polarization and the shrinking workforce and how happiness changes over a lifetime at Princeton University. He has appeared on major news outlets such as MSNBC and CNBC, in addition to hosting “The Arthur Brooks Show.”
For his lecture at the Institution, Ewalt thinks Brooks “can really help us think about how we navigate (the) uncomfortable future (of work).”