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Liberty, Free Markets, and Moral Character

Start Thursday, May 22, 2014 12:00 PM

End Sunday, May 25, 2014 1:00 PM

 

 

 

 

 

Clemson University | Clemson, SC | May 22 - May 25



“There is only one power that determines the course of history, just as it determines the course of every individual life: the power of man’s rational faculty—the power of ideas. If you know a man’s convictions, you can predict his actions. If you understand the dominant philosophy of a society, you can predict its course. But convictions and philosophy are matters open to man’s choice.”  Ayn Rand

What is the connection between liberty, free markets, and moral character? Economic thinking provides powerful insights about the world by explaining that people make choices and are driven by incentives. However, it does not tell you why people must make choices or, more importantly, what choices to make.

This seminar turns economic thinking on its head by looking at its foundations through a philosophic lens. What are the moral and philosophic underpinnings of economic thinking? Why do we have to make choices and how does moral character determine the choices people make?

If you are between 18-24 and interested in exploring these questions apply now!

Applications close March 8th.

Thursday, May 22

12:00 pm – 6:00pm: Dorm Room Check-in
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Seminar Check-in and Social


Friday, May 23
7:00 am – 8:30 am: Breakfast
8:00 am – 8:30 am: Check-in
8:30 am – 9:00 am: Welcome
9:45 am – 10:00 am: Break
10:45 am – 11:00 am: Break
11:45 am – 1:15 pm: Lunch
1:15 pm – 2:00 pm: Discussion Groups
2:00 pm – 2:15 pm: Break
3:00 pm – 3:15 pm: Break
4:00 pm – 4:45 pm: Discussion Groups
4:45 pm – 6:15 pm: Dinner
6:15 pm – 7:00 pm: Reading Discussion Groups
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Social


Saturday, May 24
7:00 am – 9:00 am: Breakfast
8:30 am – 9:00 am: Check-in
9:45 am – 10:00 am: Break
10:45 am – 11:00 am: Break
11:00 am – 11:45 am: Activity: The Trading Game
11:45 am – 1:15 pm: Lunch
2:00 pm – 2:15 pm: Break
3:00 pm – 3:15 pm: Break
4:00 pm – 4:45 pm: Discussion Groups
4:45 pm – 6:15 pm: Dinner
6:15 pm – 7:00 pm: Reading Discussion Groups
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Social


Sunday, May 25
7:00 am – 9:00 am: Breakfast
8:30 am – 9:00 am: Check in
9:00 am – 10:30 am: Activity: Find a Better Way
10:30 am – 10:45 am: Break
10:45 am – 11:30: “The Arena” Debate: TBA
11:30 am – 11:45 am: Break
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm: Closing Remarks
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Lunch
2:30 pm – 6:00pm: Check out of rooms

Location

The seminar will take place at Clemson University in South Carolina.

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