The Institute for Advancing American Values, in partnership with the Honors College, sponsors and presents Boise State University’s Distinguished Lecture Series. Twice a year, the series brings eminent speakers to Boise State from the realm of politics, academics and humanitarian activism to promote the discussion of important issues.
The next lecture will be at 7 p.m. on March 2, 2023 in the Morrison Center and features professor and author Arthur C. Brooks. The discussion is titled “Love Your Enemies.” This event is free and open to the public.
“America is afflicted with a culture of contempt,” Brooks said. As it is increasingly common for people to view those who disagree with them as worthless, instead of just misguided or incorrect, Brooks sees this as fomented by an “outrage industrial complex” in media and politics. Through ancient wisdom and cutting-edge behavioral science, Brooks provides a roadmap to the prosperity that comes when we choose to love one another – gaining strength from our differences.
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, where he teaches courses on leadership, happiness and social entrepreneurship. He is also a contributor to The Atlantic, where he writes the popular “How to Build a Life” column. He is the author of 12 books, including the 2022 #1 New York Times bestseller “From Strength to Strength: Finding Success, Happiness, and Deep Purpose in the Second Half of Life.” He speaks to audiences all around the world about human happiness, and works to raise well-being within private companies, universities, public agencies, and community organizations.