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Acton Notes - June 2007

Acton Premieres Its First Documentary Film

The Call of the Entrepreneur, Acton’s first-ever documentary film produc- tion, premiered at a sold-out Grand Rapids theater on May 17. Longtime Acton supporters made up a large number of the 400+ attendees, but many who came discovered Acton for the first time through the film. Brad Morgan, a Michigan dairy farmer and one of the three businessmen whose story is charted in The Call of the Entrepreneur, was able to attend the premiere. A sizable group of young interna- tional students was also present, visiting America to study busi- ness, economics, philosophy, and related fields. Acton will follow up its successful Grand Rapids premiere with openings in eight more cities over the next several months. For more about this film and its premiere dates visit www.calloftheentrepreneur.com.

From Our Conference Participants

My conference experience provided a unique opportunity to explore the inter- section of economics, theology and law, while also offering important insights into public policy and politics.

—Janice Chik
University of Texas
Austin, Texas

In thinking about how subsidiarity applies to economics, it was great to see that entrepreneurship is supported by scripture... I learned a great deal at the conference and the experience is already helping shape my future plans for the better.

—Jason Deng
Stanford University
Palo Alto, California

Austrian Economics Gets Back to Its Roots

Four Austrian students who attended last year’s Acton University recently debuted a short video highlighting their conference experiences on the popular website YouTube. The clip, amus- ingly set to Queen’s “I Want to Break Free,” features Acton University attendees and speakers from around the world as they weigh in on the value of the economic heritage left by “Austrians who loved liberty and understood it.” The video can be viewed by visiting youtube.com and typing “Acton University” into the search field.

World War II Spy Lectures at Acton

Colonel Ralph Hauenstein, who served as chief of the Intelligence Branch for Europe in World War II, spoke to a sold out Acton Lecture Series audience on May 17.

Interviewed by Father Robert Sirico and mem- bers of the audience, Col. Hauenstein and co- author Donald Markle, talked about his history- making espionage experiences as General Dwight Eisenhower’s chief of the Intelligence Branch. Documented in his recent book, Intelligence Was My Line: Inside Eisenhower’s Other Command, Hauenstein was one of the first Americans to enter Nazi concentration camps and other parts of liberated Europe in 1945. He also told of his horrific firsthand encounter with the Dachau death camp, the crucial codebook he found at the site of a plane crash in Iceland, and vari- ous tactics Eisenhower’s intelligence operatives employed to win the war.

Today, Hauenstein works as an international businessman to create wealth opportunities for struggling democracies in Europe, the Middle East, Haiti, and elsewhere. His lecture can be heard at www.acton.org.