past event

Society of Fellows Discussion Reception: Emerging Happier: Building a Better Life 

Join us on Wednesday, June 16 in Aspen, Colorado for our Society of Fellows summer kickoff program featuring Arthur Brooks, Harvard professor, PhD social scientist, bestselling author, and columnist at The Atlantic in conversation with Emily Esfahani Smith, Author of The Power of Meaning.

*This event is open exclusively to members of the Society of Fellows. If you are not currently a member of the Society of Fellows, and are interested in joining, contact the SOF team at 970-544-7980 or


Arthur Brooks is the William Henry Bloomberg Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School and Professor of Management Practice at the Harvard Business School. Before joining the Harvard faculty, he served for ten years as president of AEI, one of the world’s leading think tanks. Brooks is the author of 11 books, including the national bestseller “Love Your Enemies” (2019). He is 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.” Previously, Brooks was the Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government at Syracuse University. Prior to his work in academia, he spent 12 years as a professional French hornist. Brooks holds a Ph.D. and an M.Phil. in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He also holds an M.A. in economics from Florida Atlantic University and a B.A. in economics from Thomas Edison State College.

Emily Esfahani Smith is a writer in Washington DC. Her book The Power of Meaning, an international bestseller, was published by Crown and has been translated into 16 different languages. The former managing editor of The New Criterion, Smith’s articles about culture and psychology have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and other publications. She is also an international speaker who has delivered dozens of keynote addresses. In 2017, Smith delivered a talk called “There’s More to Life Than Being Happy” on the main stage of TED, which has been viewed over 10 million times. Smith received her master’s degree in positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently a clinical psychology doctoral student at Catholic University.

Event information
Wed Jun 16, 2021
Aspen, CO