Northwood to host acclaimed author Arthur C. Brooks on March 17


Arthur C. Brooks, best-selling author, Harvard University professor, columnist for The Atlantic magazine, and free-market advocate, will be on campus at Northwood University on Thursday, March 17.

Among the many impactful works written by Brooks is his 2019 bestseller “Love Your Enemies”, which is subtitled “How Decent People Can Save America from the Culture of Contempt”. The book is this year’s selection for Northwood’s Omniquest program, in which all students, faculty, and staff focus on one theme or book throughout the academic year. Faculty members integrate Omnicast content and themes into course activities.

“The practical advice offered here on ‘better to disagree’ and principled leadership is helpful,” said economics professor Dale Matcheck, on behalf of Omnicast’s selection committee.

The Omniquest committee felt that the book’s message of ending political polarization was timely and would be welcomed by students and faculty. Written by a prominent advocate of the free enterprise system, it is non-controversial and could help create a culture of free inquiry and respect for others.

Brooks has a creative background, often credited with inspiring his original perspectives. He left college at 19 to become a professional musician, playing the French horn with bands in the United States and Spain. He obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics through distance learning.

After 10 years, he ended his musical career to obtain a doctorate. in Public Policy Analysis from the Rand Graduate School, where he also worked as an analyst for the Rand Corporation’s Project Air Force. Brooks then spent 10 years as a professor at Syracuse University, followed by 10 years as president of the American Enterprise Institute, one of the world’s leading think tanks.

Academic Vice President and Vice President Kristin Stehouwer said Northwood is privileged to be able to welcome such a brilliant and influential person as Brooks to campus.

“Our commitment to experiential learning includes providing opportunities like this for our students. It really brings the book to life so that our students and our community can meet Dr. Brooks in person,” he said. she declared.

Brooks has written the national bestsellers “Love Your Enemies” (2019) and “The Conservative Heart” (2015), as well as the forthcoming book “From Strength to Strength” which will be published in February 2022. He has also published dozens of academic works. journal articles and the manual “Social Entrepreneurship” (2008). He is a columnist for The Atlantic, host of the “How to Build a Happy Life” podcast, and the subject of the 2019 documentary film “The Pursuit,” which Variety named one of the “Best Documentaries on Netflix” in August 2019. He gives more 100 speeches per year in the United States, Europe and Asia.

Brooks’ appearance on the Northwood campus will include a free public address and book signing, including smaller gatherings for select groups and individuals. For a preferred seat, RSVP online at

Northwood University thanks Dow, which is the main sponsor of this event.


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