May 13, 2024

David Brooks

Columnist, Commentator & Author

David Brooks was interviewed by former U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp on May 13 in front of a live audience at The Economic Club of Chicago. Topics ranged from the upcoming presidential election and the mood of the country to dissent on college campuses and how we can learn from history.

People are trying to fill a hole in their soul with politics.

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David Brooks on a divided electorate.


David Brooks

Columnist, Commentator & Author

David Brooks is a columnist for The New York Times and a contributor to The Atlantic. He is a commentator on “The PBS Newshour." His latest book is “How To Know A Person: The Art of Seeing Others Deeply and Being Deeply Seen.” His previous three books were “The Second Mountain,” “The Road to Character,” and “The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement,” all #1 New York Times bestsellers. Mr. Brooks has taught at Yale and Duke and now teaches at the University of Chicago. He has received over 30 honorary degrees from American universities and is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Follow him on Twitter @nytdavidbrooks


Heidi Heitkamp

Former U.S. Senator / North Dakota
Director / The University of Chicago Institute of Politics

Mary Kathryn "Heidi" Heitkamp is an American politician who served as a United States senator from North Dakota from 2013 to 2019. A member of the North Dakota Democratic–Nonpartisan League Party, she was the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from North Dakota. Heitkamp served as the 28th North Dakota attorney general from 1992 to 2000 and 20th North Dakota tax commissioner from 1986 to 1992. As of 2022, she is the last Democrat to have represented North Dakota in Congress, and the last to hold statewide office. After leaving the Senate, Heitkamp became a CNBC contributor and visiting fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School's Institute of Politics. In April 2019, with Senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana (who also lost reelection in 2018), she launched One Country Project, an organization aimed at helping Democrats reconnect with rural voters. In January 2023, Heitkamp became the director of the University of Chicago Institute of Politics.