Julian L. Simon Memorial Award Events


Julian L. Simon Memorial Award Dinner

Cocktail or Themed Attire

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Dr. Joseph Henrich is a noted author, anthropologist, professor, and Chair of Harvard University’s Department of Human Evolutionary Biology. His research focuses on evolutionary approaches to psychology, decision-making, culture, and the emergence of complex human institutions. In his first book, The Secret of Our Success: How Culture is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating Our Species, and Making Us Smarter (2016), Henrich credits humanity’s success to the cumulative knowledge and rapid cultural evolution of cooperative society: “more minds can generate more lucky errors, novel recombinations, chance insights, and intentional improvements.” Building on this thesis, The WEIRDest People in the World: How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous (2020) explores how and why Western, Educated, Industrial, Rich, and Democratic (WEIRD) societies thrive.

Before moving to Harvard, Dr. Henrich was a professor of both economics and psychology at the University of British Columbia for nearly a decade, where he held the Canada Research Chair in Culture, Cognition and Coevolution. In 2013-2014, he held the Peter and Charlotte Schoenenfeld Faculty Fellowship at New York University’s Stern School of Business.

William Easterly is Professor of Economics at New York University and Co-Director of the NYU Development Research Institute, which won the 2009 BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge in Development Cooperation Award. He is the author of three books, including most recently, The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor.

Chris Stirewalt is a contributing editor and weekly columnist for The Dispatch and a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He was previously political editor of Fox News Channel, the Washington Examiner, the Charleston Daily Mail, and West Virginia Media. He began his career at the Wheeling Intelligencer in West Virginia.

A well-known political commentator, Stirewalt wrote about his personal experience of the 2020 election in the Los Angeles Times. He is the author of Every Man a King: A Short, Colorful History of American Populists (Twelve Books, 2018), in which he looks at American populism through the history of seven famous populists. Stirewalt is a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, where he studied history.

Julian L. Simon Memorial Brunch and Summit

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Justice Forum, The REACH at the Kennedy Center

2700 F St NW, Washington, D.C. 20566

9:00 – 10:00 am


10:00 – 11:00 am

Tyranny of Experts vs. The Ultimate Resource with Prof. William Easterly and Kent Lassman

11:00 – 12:00 pm

Let’s Get WEIRD with Dr. Joseph Henrich, Ryan Young, and Iain Murray

12:00 – 1:00 pm

Stop the Steal Mill: CEI’s Asset Forfeiture Reform Project with Rob Carter and Daniel Greenberg

1:00 – 2:00 pm


Seating is limited. Kindly RSVP by Friday, September 17th.

For purposes of congressional ethics rules, this is a widely attended event.

This event is an external rental presented in coordination with the Kennedy Center Campus Rentals Office and is not produced by the Kennedy Center.

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