A guide to events on our campuses.

Assembly Series

A tradition of convening thought leaders since 1953

McKelvey School of Engineering

Brauer Lecture Series: 'The Pursuit of Happiness and True Success'

Monday, April 11 | 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Graham Chapel
Graham Chapel, St. Louis, MO 63105

How can you build a life that results in genuine human flourishing? How does happiness change over a lifetime? And how can we get happier as we age?

Arthur C. Brooks provides answers to these questions by exploring advances in behavioral economics and social psychology, ancient wisdom, and art and music. From his book “Gross National Happiness” and his documentary “The Pursuit,” he extracts life lessons that can help people pursue happiness, forge stronger relationships and build more meaningful lives.

Brooks’ 45-minute presentation will be followed by a 45-minute Q&A session. Registration is required. The event will be simulcast in Frick Forum once capacity in Graham Chapel is reached.

This inaugural event kicks off the Brauer Lecture Series, established through a gift from Distinguished Trustee Stephen F. Brauer and his wife, Camilla T. Brauer. The series was created to explore and encourage dialogue on the American free enterprise system and bring highly regarded thought leaders to Washington University to support student growth and development. 

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations


Olin Business School


Business & Entrepreneurship, Humanities & Society



Event Contact

Alison Berger | alison.berger@wustl.edu

Speaker Information

Arthur C. Brooks is the best-selling author of 12 books, a columnist for The Atlantic, host of the podcast “The Art of Happiness with Arthur Brooks” and subject of the 2019 documentary film “The Pursuit.” He serves as the William Henry Bloomberg Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School and a professor of management practice at Harvard Business School. Before joining the Harvard faculty in July 2019, he was president of the Washington, D.C.-based American Enterprise Institute (AEI), one of the world’s leading think tanks.

Google Calendar iCal Outlook