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Read about the results of the Sympoisum here.

Hosted at Georgetown University on April 8-9, 2016, The Spring Symposium on Markets and Catholic Social Thought brings together undergraduate students from a variety of universities around the country to discuss the relationship between Catholic social thought, markets, economics, and business ethics. The symposium is  designed to encourage learning through open, friendly, and respectful dialogue. Students prepare by reading both basic texts that define the Catholic tradition and commentary by professional ethicists, economists, and scholars of religion that explores the broader contours and applications of Catholic Social Thought. Guest speakers for the event are Samuel Gregg and James Bailey.

This year, this symposium is by invitation only. Participating schools include Creighton University, Loyola (Chicago), Catholic University, Lindenwood University, and St. Louis University.

Friday, April 8 

(All events on Friday are in Faculty Club A in the Leavey Center on the campus of Georgetown University)

4:00 p.m. – Opening Registration and Reception

5:00 p.m. – Introduction and Welcome 

Michael Douma, Director of the Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics

5:15 - 6:30 -- Keynote Speech: Samuel Gregg, Acton Institute

Participants should prepare by having read Samuel Gregg, The Commercial Society: Foundations and Challenges in a Global Age (Lexington Books, 2007.)  

6:30 p.m. – Dinner  

8:00-9:30 p.m. – Reception


Saturday, April 9

Sessions One, Two, and Three will consist of 4 breakout groups meeting in the Hariri building (Rooms 140, 145, 150, and 155) on the campus of Georgetown University. See additional hand-out for your breakout group assignment.

8 a.m. – Breakfast  (Catered food available outside Hariri 140)

9:00 - 10:30 a.m. -- Session One: Markets


1.  Centesimus Annus (1991)

2. A.M.C. Waterman, “Market Social Order and Christian Organicism in Centesimus Annus” Journal of Markets and Morality (1999) 2:2, 220-233.

11:00 - 12:30 a.m. -- Session Two: Wealth and Poverty


1. Selections from Evangelium Gaudium (2013)   (paragraphs numbered 1-18, 52-75, 186-216, 231-233)

2. Angus Deaton. "Income, Health, and Well-Being around the World: Evidence from the Gallup World Poll." Journal of Economic Perspectives 22:2  (2008), 53-72.

12:30 – 3:00 p.m. Lunch and free time (Catered food outside Hariri 140)

3 – 4:00 p.m. – Session Three: Business

Reading: Michael Naughton, “Vocation of the Business Leader: A Refection”

4:00-4:30 p.m. – Coffee Beak (Catered outside Hariri 140)

4:30 – 6:00 Keynote Speech: James Bailey, Associate Professor, Theology Department, Duquesne University

Participants should prepared by reading James Bailey: Rethinking Poverty: Income, Assets and the Catholic Social Justice Tradition (University of Notre Dame Press, 2010), pages 1-126.

6:30 p.m. -- Dinner at Faculty Club  


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