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Gregg Easterbrook ’76 Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Colorado College alumnus Gregg Easterbrook ’76 has been elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the esteemed society of scholars, scientists, writers, artists, as well as civic, business, and philanthropic leaders from around the world.

Easterbrook, who graduated from CC with a degree in political science, is a contributing editor of The Atlantic and The Washington Monthly.

He is the fourth Colorado College graduate to be elected a member the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the first in the humanities. Easterbrook, who will be teaching a course at CC during Block 2 in the fall, was elected in the Journalism and Communications category, one of only five new members elected in that category.

Easterbrook has authored 10 books — six nonfiction, three literary novels, and one of humor —  and writes for op-ed pages, magazines, and journals. He has written a total of 33 cover stories for The Atlantic, The New Republic, The Washington Monthly, Time, Newsweek, and Wired. He has been a politics columnist for Reuters and a sports columnist for ESPN and The New York Times. He also has been a distinguished fellow of the Fulbright Foundation, a visiting fellow of the Brookings Institution, a bartender, a bus driver and a used-car salesman. His next book, scheduled for publication in 2018, is titled “The Arrow of History: Why a Better World Is Closer Than It Looks.”

“Colorado College taught me how to think in a rigorous manner,” says Easterbrook, who received an honorary degree from Colorado College in 1992. “A thousand times in my writing life I have felt gratitude for what I learned at a wonderful college by the foothills of a local peak.”

He joins CC alumni James Heckman ’65, Jane Lubchenco ’69, and Marcia McNutt ’74 as members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.