Scholars recognized around the world will convene at Concordia University Wisconsin on September 19 and 20 to discuss the intersection of business, the Bible, and poverty at the inaugural Liberty, Virtue & Economics Summit.

The summit, co-hosted by the Acton Institute, is open to the public and is the first event to be held in CUW’s new Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center. Keynote speakers of the two-day event include:

  • Rev. Robert A. Sirico, president of the Acton Institute and recognized expert in topics relating to the intersection of economics, civil rights, and religious concerns.
  • Ismael Hernandez, founder and executive director of the Freedom & Virtue Institute.
  • Anne Rathbone Bradley, Ph.D., vice president of Economic Initiatives at the Virginia-based Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics.
  • Chris Armstrong, Ph.D., of the Kern Family Foundation and educator, entrepreneur, and author.
  • Samuel Gregg, D.Phil., research director at the Acton Institute and a Fellow of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University.

Dan Sem, Ph.D, dean of Concordia’s Batterman School of Business, explains the motivation behind creating a Liberty, Virtue & Economics Summit. “This event will demonstrate why we have a Free Enterprise Center here on campus and how the concepts of liberty, virtue, and business can lead to more flourishing societies.”

The event kicks off at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 19 and concludes at 5 p.m. on Friday, September 20. Nearly two dozen local and nationally-recognized experts will participate in presentations and panel discussions. Registered guests will learn and exchange ideas alongside CUW business students. All will walk away with a better understanding of the concept of Free Enterprise and the vital role business has in solving critical social issues.

According to Sem, “We will dissect the American dream and reconcile how good business also serves those in need.”

Tickets can be purchased for the entire event (including meals) or per session. For ticket information and a full schedule of events click here.


— Lisa Liljegren is vice president of marketing and strategic communications.

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