An Evening with Arthur Brooks

An Evening with Arthur Brooks

Fall 2022 Civics Educator Conference Keynote Address

UVU's Center for Constitutional Studies held its Fall 2022 Civics Educator conference Oct. 27. The theme of the conference was  Bridging and Bonding: The Role of Teachers in Cultivating Citizenship.

Arthur C. Brooks, renowned social scientist, Harvard professor, Atlantic columnist, and author, was the keynote speaker.

"We have a contempt epidemic in our country," Brooks told the 400 gathered to hear his message. "We can fix it if we get our communication right."

Brooks quoted the New Testament, citing the injunction Jesus Christ gave to his disciples, "Love your enemies," as recorded in Matthew 5:44 .

"It's the most subversive teaching in human history," observed Brooks. "Love is an act; it's a commitment. Love is something you decide to do."   

Click the link below for video of the complete keynote address.  And click here for photos of the event.

About the Speaker

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Arthur 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 12 books, including the no. 1 New York Times bestseller From Strength to Strength: Finding Success and Happiness in the Second Half of Life, and national bestsellers Love Your Enemies (2019) and The Conservative Heart (2015). He is also a columnist for The Atlantic, host of the podcast “How to Build a Happy Life 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.

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