May 14, 2015 Print

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Atlas Network is pleased to welcome Charles Murray as its next Templeton Leadership Fellow. In this capacity, Murray will serve as the keynote speaker at Atlas Network’s gala 2015 Freedom Dinner and play key roles in other events and communications efforts. The renowned scholar’s latest book, By the People (2015), suggests a citizen-led approach to curbing the excesses of the regulatory state.

“It is a real honor for Atlas Network to welcome Dr. Murray as our new Templeton Leadership Fellow,” Atlas Network CEO Brad Lips said. “At their best, our think tank partners conduct solid research to illuminate public policy problems, and develop innovative solutions that aren’t bound by politics. Charles Murray provides a great example in both categories.”

Throughout his career, Murray has distinguished himself both as a social scientist and as a policy innovator. His first major book, Losing Ground (1984), is widely credited with laying the intellectual foundation for the Welfare Reform Act of 1996.

Since that time, he has proposed reforms to American higher education (Real Education, 2008), developed a quantifiable approach to measuring contributions to the arts and sciences (Human Achievement, 2003), suggested a minimum income policy to replace the welfare state (In Our Hands, 2006), outlined his own philosophy of liberty (What It Means to Be a Libertarian, 1996), and explored the causes and consequences of an increasing sociocultural divide in American society (The Bell Curve, 1994; and Coming Apart, 2012). Murray currently serves as the American Enterprise Institute’s W. H. Brady Scholar.

Templeton Leadership Fellow is an honorary position at Atlas Network that brings new ideas and new audiences to its partners in the worldwide think tank network. The position is funded via a generous grant from the Templeton Religion Trust. Previous Templeton Leadership Fellows have included Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature shortly after accepting, and Russian chess champion and human rights activist Garry Kasparov.

Atlas Network advances the ideas of individual liberty, free enterprise, and limited government by connecting and strengthening a think tank network that now touches 95 countries.

Register for Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner 2015, at which Charles Murray will deliver the keynote address.