On May 2, 2007 Istituto Acton sponsored an all-day conference for the last of it eight-part series dedicated to the social encyclical Centesimus Annus at the Pontifical Lateran University. Before an audience of seminarians, doctoral students, professors, journalists and diplomats, a panel of speakers with expertise in theology, philosophy, politics and entrepreneurship addressed the fundamental pillars of a free society. Various themes were discussed such as upholding the rule of law to protect freedoms and natural rights, political stability and develop a culture which strives to toward the common good of man and based on principle of subsidiarity. During the conference, Dr. Andrea Schneider, advisor to the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, was awarded Acton’s highest academic prize, the Novak Award, and delivered the Calihan Lecture entitled “Centesimus Annus: Law, Human Rights, and the Free Society”.
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