Role of free enterprise in promoting happiness topic of Stranahan Lecture

October 4, 2010 | Events, UToday
By Jon Strunk



Dr. Arthur C. Brooks will deliver the Stranahan Lecture at The University of Toledo College of Law Wednesday, Oct. 6, at noon in the Law Center Auditorium.

His free, public lecture is titled “The Battle: How the Fight Between Free Enterprise and Big Government Will Shape America’s Future.”

Brooks is president of the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. Based in Washington, D.C., the American Enterprise Institute is a public policy think tank committed to expanding liberty, increasing individual opportunity, and strengthening free enterprise.

Previously, Brooks was the Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government Policy at Syracuse University, where his research focused on the intersections of economics, entrepreneurship and philanthropy.

“The key issue this election season is the role of government,” said Lee J. Strang, UT professor of law. “Dr. Brooks will tackle that issue head on in his Stranahan Lecture. He is going to argue that America is a ‘70-30 nation,’ with 70 percent of Americans favoring limited government, while 30 percent advocate for a greater role for government.”

Strang said Brooks will describe how free enterprise is not only the most efficient economic system — more importantly, it provides Americans with the chance to earn success and with it happiness.

“Dr. Brooks’ lecture is sure to provoke debate and conversation,” Strang said.

Brooks has authored eight books, including The Battle: How the Fight Between Free Enterprise and Big Government Will Shape America’s Future (2010), Gross National Happiness: Why Happiness Matters for America — and How We Can Get More of It (2008) and Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism (2006). Brooks is also a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, National Review and other publications.

The Stranahan National Issues Forum is a joint program of The University of Toledo College of Law and its chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies. It is made possible by an endowment from the Stranahan Foundation. Brooks will join a string of high-profile speakers who have delivered the Stranahan Lecture at the College of Law.

Reserved parking for lecture attendees is available in Lot 25, which is adjacent to Rocket Hall. Visitors may access Lot 25 from Secor Road using College Drive.

For more information, contact Strang at 419.530.2877.

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