Social Issues

Saving America from our culture of contempt


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The Presidential Ideas Festival was held May 21-23, 2019.

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April 15, 2019

Arthur C. Brooks, Allan C. Stam

Hosted by Melody Barnes

“Political scientists have found that our nation is more polarized than it has been any time since the Civil War,” wrote Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, in a recent New York Times op-ed. In his new book Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from the Culture of Contempt (Broadside Books, 2019), Dr. Brooks—a best-selling author and social scientist—examines the current culture of contempt that has become synonymous with American politics. Drawing on ancient wisdom, cutting-edge behavioral science, and historical lessons, Brooks shows how we can bridge national divides and make progress as a society. On Monday, April 15, Dr. Brooks will visit the University of Virginia for a presentation and discussion on Love Your Enemies. The event, co-sponsored by the Batten School, Miller Center, and Democracy Initiative, will begin with remarks by Brooks, followed by a moderated conversation with Batten School Dean Allan Stam and Melody Barnes, co-director of the Democracy Initiative, and an audience Q&A. A book signing will follow. Register for a seat below.