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Citadel News Service
20 Feb 2012

Ayn Rand Center president lectures in Citadel seminar

Conservative Intellectual Tradition features Yaron Brook

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The president of the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights—Yaron Brook—will deliver the sixth lecture in the Conservative Intellectual Tradition Wednesday, Feb. 22, on the emergence of libertarianism.  A cutting-edge new course being offered at The Citadel this spring, the seminar explores the evolution of the conservative movement.

Led the John C. West Professor of International Politics and American Government Mallory Factor, the class brings in national leaders each week, including  former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese, and former Reagan economic advisor Arthur Laffer.

“Yaron Brook is a leading expert on objectivism,” said Factor, “and I can think of no one better qualified to discuss the relationship of economic liberty to political freedom.    His lecture promises to be riveting.”

Brook is also a columnist at Forbes.com, and his articles have been featured in major publications such as the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Investor’s Business Daily.  Brook is the co-author of Neoconservatism: An Obituary for an Idea and a contributor to Winning the Unwinnable War: America’s Self-Crippled Response to Islamic Totalitarianism. 

Brook was born and raised in Israel. He served as a first sergeant in Israeli military intelligence and earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel. In 1987 he moved to the United States, where he received his MBA and Ph.D. in finance from the University of Texas at Austin.  He became an American citizen in 2003.

The Conservative Intellectual Tradition is a survey of the political tradition of modern conservatism in the United States with some consideration of its roots in the broader Western political tradition, and specific attention is given to the development of the tradition in the 20th and 21st centuries.

 

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