A new day begins at Acton University, an annual even in Grand Rapids, MI.
This morning yours truly had the early TLM for participants.
I have mentioned the remarkably diverse crowd here. I had an e-mail from an organizer of the event:
AU will bring 400 people together from almost 50 countries. 33 lecturers offering more than 60 courses. 100 different events includes meals, meetings, receptions and panels and networking groups. A couple of the major groups will be almost 30 Catholic High School teachers working on curriculum and bringing economics into the CHS curriculum, and 30 Protestant seminary professors discussing culture and needs at seminaries across the country. Attendees primarily Christian, though the conference will include lectures on Islam by Mustafa Akyol, and a handful of Muslims and Buddhists are participating to learn more about the intersection of Christianity and Free Market Economics.
Many gatherings purport to be "ecumenical" and they very often fail utterly. This, however, has turned out – as it was last year – to be a remarkable experience in ecumenism. People can speak about their perspectives without soft-peddling.
Today on my schedule are talks about:
Economics and Human Action
Islam, Markets, and the Free Society
Fair Trade vs. Free Trade.
UPDATE: Talking about non-scarce goods and how they are multiplying in this digital age.
UPDATE: The table at lunch for bloggers and media people.
UPDATE At the evening meal. Some 350 people. I am told that 300+ applications for attendance were turned down for reasons of space.