September 6, 2007 – Charles Murray – Why Are Jews So Smart?

September 6, 2007

  • Social interaction
  • Discussion of current issues and events
  • And a lively conversation with our featured speaker

Charles Murray
W.H. Brady Scholar, The American Enterprise Institute

Why Are Jews So Smart?

Charles Murray first came to national attention in 1984 with the publication of Losing Ground: American Social Policy 1950-1980.

This was followed in 1988 by In Pursuit: Of Happiness and Good Government, in 1994 by The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life (with Richard J. Herrnstein), in 1997 by What It Means to be a Libertarian: A Personal Interpretation, and in 2003 by Human Accomplishment: The Pursuit of Excellence in the Arts and Sciences, 800 B.C. to 1950. His latest book is In Our Hands: A Plan to Replace the Welfare State, 2006. It’s about using a negative income tax to replace all existing transfer payments.

Among his recent articles are a 3-part series on education in the Wall Street Journal, January 2007, and “Jewish Genius,” in Commentary.

He’s been at The American Enterprise Institute since 1990. He was a resident fellow there from 1990 to 2003, and since 2003, it’s W.H. Brady Scholar.

He was a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research from 1982 to 1990.

He previously spoke at Junto in December 2003.

His Ph.D. in political science is from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his B.A. in history is from Harvard University.

  • We gather at 7pm on the first Thursday of each month and begin our organized meeting around 7:30.
  • The featured speaker is normally introduced at about 8. The meeting continues until about 10.
  • Please note: Junto is not the usual sort of meeting with a long speech followed by Q & A. Invited speakers give a short presentation, and then are challenged to defend their assertions. Discussions are intense, but polite.

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Junto focuses on libertarianism, Objectivism — the philosophy of Ayn Rand — and investing.

Our founder and host is Victor Niederhoffer, publisher (with Laurel Kenner) of Daily Speculations.


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