Chicago Humanities Festival: David Brooks in Conversation with Jonathan Capehart

09 Nov 2023

On November 5, 2023, the Chicago Humanities Festival presented the program David Brooks in Conversation with Jonathan Capehart.

The event was held at the University of Chicago, IL.

David Brooks, writer, cultural commentator, and New York Times columnist has some advice for how to develop a healthy family, company, classroom, community or nation in our deeply polarized society: make other people feel valued, heard, and understood. A Chicago Humanities favorite, Brooks offers this advice and more in his highly anticipated new book How to Know a Person: The Art of Seeing Others Deeply and Being Deeply Seen.

Sitting down for a conversation with MSNBC and The Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart, Brooks guided the audience through the intricacies of empathy, vulnerability, and the quest for genuine connection, asking us all how we can see something larger in our fellow human beings and, therefore, see something larger in ourselves.

David Brooks personalized copies of How to Know a Person: The Art of Seeing Others Deeply and Being Deeply Seen following the program.

This program is generously underwritten by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.

David Brooks

David Brooks is one of the nation’s leading writers and commentators. He is an op-ed columnist for The New York Times and appears regularly on PBS NewsHour and Meet the Press. He is the bestselling author of The Second Mountain, The Road to Character, The Social Animal, Bobos in Paradise, and On Paradise Drive.

Jonathan Capehart

Jonathan Capehart is a Pulitzer Prize-winning Associate Editor of The Washington Post. Since 2007, he has been an opinion writer at The Post. He was a member of The Post’s editorial board until 2022. He hosts the weekly Post podcast “Capehart” and the weekly Post Live show “First Look,” which is also streamed on Comcast’s Peacock streaming service.

At MSNBC, Capehart is the anchor of “The Saturday Show with Jonathan Capehart,” which debuted on Feb. 18th, and “The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart,” which has been on the air since 2020. His MSNBC special “A Promised Land: A Conversation with Barack Obama” was nominated in 2021 for an Emmy for “Outstanding News Discussion & Analysis.” His MSNBC special “Pride of the White House” won a GLAAD Media Award for “Outstanding TV Journalism – Long Form” in 2022.

At PBS, Capehart serves as a political analyst on “The PBS Newshour” and is featured on the popular Friday segment “Brooks and Capehart.”


By Alex Arlander, Gilbert Castro | ENC News



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