Summer Conference on Capitalism

 Posted by on 17 February 2009 at 4:45 pm  Announcements, Clemson Institute
Feb 172009

The Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism is taking applications for its annual three-day summer conference for undergraduates on “Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged and the Moral Foundations of Capitalism.” Here’s the general description of this conference:

Students attend lectures, participate in small group discussions, and have free time to discuss and debate the ideas presented in the formal sessions. Throughout the three days of sessions, students have ample opportunity to speak one-on-one with faculty and ask them questions in a more informal setting. The summer conferences, held on the campus of Clemson University, provide a unique opportunity for students to study with leading professors from around the country, to meet top students from around the world, and to study capitalism in a challenging, engaging environment.

And here’s the description of the 2009 conference:

Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged and the Moral Foundations of Capitalism

  • What is the moral basis for the free market?
  • How do individual rights function in a capitalist society?
  • What does the history of capitalism teach us about its moral basis?
  • How is Ayn Rand’s view of capitalism unique?

    The Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism is pleased to accept applications for its third annual summer conference for college students. We invite you to join us for an exciting three-day program of lectures, seminars, and discussions. Students will arrive May 28 and depart on June 1, 2009, with the main event running from May 29-31.

    Exciting Programs

    Students will participate in an intensive and exciting program exploring the moral foundations of capitalism and Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged. Students will attend lectures, participate in small- group seminar-style discussions, and question and answer sessions. Outside of class, students can relax and socialize on Clemson’s campus. Evening activities will include a barbecue dinner, a meet and greet with the faculty, and a career advice discussion.

    Full Scholarships Available

    The Clemson Institute will be accepting qualified undergraduate students to participate in the summer program on full scholarships. All housing and meals will be provided on the campus of Clemson University. Attending students are eligible for up to $500 for travel. Reading materials will be provided.

    Application Information

    To apply to the Clemson Institute’s Summer Conference, visit our website and fill out the application form. Return it by March 5, 2009 to [email protected] or via postal mail at:

    Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism
    Summer Conference
    343 Sirrine Hall — Box 341310
    Clemson, SC 29634-1310


    The Clemson Institute has assembled a faculty of leading scholars and teachers who study the moral foundations of capitalism, specializing in fields ranging from history and literature to philosophy, political science, and economics. Our faculty join students for meals and interact with them outside of class for informal discussions and questions.

  • Andrew Bernstein, Ph.D., Visiting Professor of Philosophy, Marist College
  • Richard Ebeling, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, American Institute for Economic Research
  • Eric Daniels, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor, Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism
  • Onkar Ghate, Ph.D. Senior Fellow, The Ayn Rand Institute
  • C. Bradley Thompson, Ph.D., Executive Director, Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism, Clemson University

You can find the application form — and more details about the conference — on this web page. I highly recommend this conference!

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