Brooks to discuss the pursuit of happiness and success – The Source


Arthur Brooks, nationally recognized social scientist, best-selling author and Harvard professor, will host the inaugural event of Olin Business School’s Brauer Lecture Series on Monday, April 11.

The event will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. CDT at Graham Chapel at Washington University on the Danforth Campus in St. Louis, and will include a 45-minute lecture followed by a question-and-answer session. Students, alumni, faculty, staff and members of the greater St. Louis business community are invited to attend this free event. Registration is requested to ensure proper seating. The talk will also be simulcast at the Frick Forum in Knight Hall.

Brooks’ lecture – “The Pursuit of Happiness and True Success” – will be based on his book “Gross National Happiness” and his documentary “The Pursuit”. It will focus on how people can thrive through their work within the free enterprise system and learn life lessons that can immediately help everyone pursue happiness, forge stronger relationships, and build more meaningful lives.

Brooks is a bestselling author, columnist for The Atlantic and host of “The Art of Happiness with Arthur Brooks” podcast. He is also the William Henry Bloomberg Professor of Public Leadership Practice at Harvard Kennedy School and Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School. Before joining the Harvard faculty in July 2019, he served for 10 years as president of the Washington, DC-based American Enterprise Institute (AEI), one of the world’s leading think tanks. During this time, he was selected as one of Fortune’s “50 Greatest Global Leaders”.

Local food trucks Seoul Taco, Go Gyro, Sweet Divine Cupcakes, Pappy’s and Blues Fired Pizza will be on site and available free of charge to students after the event.

About the series

Made possible through the generosity of Stephen and Camilla Brauer, the lecture series was created to explore and encourage dialogue about the American free enterprise system and its influence on economic growth, public policy and global affairs. The inaugural event was originally scheduled for 2020, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stephen F. and Camilla T. Brauer

Sponsored in conjunction with Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, the Brauer Lecture Series will feature leading scholars and public figures from across the United States and support student growth and development in line with the vision from Olin with a business education that is changing the world. Guest speakers are encouraged to discuss how their values ​​guide their daily lives while emphasizing the importance of the market economy.

“America’s free-market business system isn’t just about creating economic prosperity — it protects the heart of our democratic system,” said Liberty Vittert, professor of data science practice at Olin Business School and director of the Brauer Lecture Series faculty.

“We are grateful to the Brauer family for their generosity and the opportunity to bring key opinion leaders to campus. Our hope is that this university-wide lecture series will spark discussion, debate and a deeper understanding of the critical importance of economic growth through free markets.


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