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Dr. Yaron Brook to kick off 2024 Freedom Seminar

January 9, 2024

The first event in the 2024 Freedom Seminar lineup is scheduled to be held later this month in Midland.

Northwood University invites students, faculty, staff and the public to see Dr. Yaron Brook, an Israeli-American entrepreneur and writer who serves as chairman of the board of the Ayn Rand Institute.

Brook can be heard on The Yaron Brook Show, which airs live on YouTube and Spreaker. He is also a frequent guest on national radio and television programs.

“I encourage all students, faculty, and members of the community to attend Dr. Brook’s visit,” stated Dr. Dale Matcheck, Northwood Economics chair. “This event promises to be intellectually stimulating and will contribute to the vibrant academic atmosphere that defines Northwood University. I extend my gratitude to Dr. Brook for accepting our invitation, and I look forward to a thought-provoking and insightful visit that will undoubtedly leave a lasting impact on our academic community.” 

In addition to podcasting and speaking globally, Dr. Brook authors works that inspire critical thinking. His most recent book, “In Pursuit of Wealth: The Moral Case for Finance,” makes the case that few industries are more vital to our prosperity — and more maligned — than the financial industry. Brook and coauthor Don Watkins explain why finance has faced so much criticism, and why, despite the conventional image of financiers as “greedy” and reckless, finance is a moral industry. Brook and Watkins also authored national bestseller “Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government” and “Equal Is Unfair: America’s Misguided Fight Against Income Inequality.”

Above and beyond his best-selling books, Dr. Brook is a contributing author to “Neoconservatism: An Obituary for an Idea,” “Winning the Unwinnable War: America’s Self-Crippled Response to Islamic Totalitarianism,” and “Big Tent: The Story of the Conservative Revolution — As Told by the Thinkers and Doers Who Made It Happen.

Brook was also a columnist at Forbes.com, and his articles have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily and many other publications.

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

For seven years, Brook was an award-winning finance professor at Santa Clara University, and in 1998, he cofounded BH Equity Research, a private equity and hedge fund manager, of which he is managing founder and director.

In addition to his role with the Ayn Rand Institute, Brook serves on the board of the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism. He is a member of the Association of Private Enterprise Education and the Mont Pelerin Society.

Brook will be speaking at Northwood University at 6 p.m. Jan. 24, 2024, at Griswold Lecture Hall, as part of the 2024 Freedom Seminar.

The Northwood University Freedom Seminar is an annual symposium on the free-enterprise system led by distinguished academic and business leaders. The purpose of the seminar is to investigate topics of utmost interest to local, national, and global audiences.  

The Jan. 24 event is free and open to the public. Northwood University is located at 4000 Whiting Drive in Midland. For more information, visit northwood.edu.

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