This morning’s session of the annual Acton University sponsored by the Acton Institute in Grand Rapids, MI, (392 people participating from 51 countries). People map out their own courses.
Today, I began with a presentation by Kishore Jayabalan, head of Rome’s office of Action, on the Catholic Social Encyclicals. It was a sound presentation, though a bit familiar to me in some respects.
After a break, Samuel Gregg spoke about globalization from a theological and historical perspective.
During lunch there was a talk by Mustafa Akyol, on Islam and free markets. He had been unable to come the day before, probably because of weather, and this gave him a chance to speak to everyone.
In the afternoon, I attended a very engaging talk by Jennifer Roback Morse called Beyond Contracts: Marriage and Sustainable Markets. From her course description: Marriage and family play important roles in building and maintaining both a strong society and a market economy. Marriage and family breakdown have short and long term economic costs and myriad externalities. This course will be highly economic.
Tonight we will hear a talk called Theology of Capital in Falling World by Brian Griffiths.
BTW… there is a little bit of a scuffle going on under the entry about Day 1.