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Before dawn on August 13, 1961 East German workers began erecting the concrete and barbed wire  Antifascistischer Schutzwall, or as it would come to be known, the Berlin Wall.  Free West Berlin was long a “bone in the throat” of the Soviet East, and the Berlin Wall ended East Berliners’ brief glimpse into a more prosperous and flourishing society.  More than any other structure, this wall became the physical symbol of the Iron Curtain that culturally, politically, and ideologically divided the Soviet satellite states from the United States and Western Europe.  At this conference we will mark the 30th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall by exploring the ways in which Marxism, the ideology that fueled the Cold War and the construction of the wall, is still a powerful force in society today and the dangers that present themselves when these ideas and impulses work their way into various corners of society.

Accepted participants will receive a conference package that includes single-occupancy lodging, meals, and limited travel assistance. There are no fees to attend; participants must apply to attend.

Application closed on October 16, 2019.


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Anne Rathbone Bradley
Institute for Faith, Work & Economics

Vice President of Economic Initiatives

Anne Rathbone Bradley, Ph.D. is the Vice President of Economic Initiatives at the Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics, where she develops and commissions research toward a systematic biblical theology of economic freedom. She is a professor of economics at The Institute for World Politics and Grove City College. She is a visiting professor at Georgetown University and George Mason University and has taught at Charles University, Prague. She is currently an Acton Affiliate scholar and a visiting scholar at the Bernard Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy. She is a lecturer for the Institute for Humane Studies and the Foundation for Economic Education.

Rathbone Bradley is the co-editor and author of “Counting the Cost: Christian Perspectives on Capitalism,” “For the Least of These: A Biblical Answer to Poverty” and “Be Fruitful and Multiply: Why Economics is Necessary for Making God-Pleasing Decisions”. She served as the Associate Director for the Program in Economics, Politics, and the Law at the James M. Buchanan Center at George Mason University.

Rathbone Bradley's academic work ranges on the question of income inequality and economic freedom as well as the political economy of terrorism with specific emphasis on the industrial organization of al-Qaeda. Her academic research has been published in scholarly journals and edited volumes. She is currently working on a book that analyzes the political economy of al-Qaeda post 9/11. Based on her academic research she also worked as an Economic Analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency's Office of Terrorism Analysis.

Rathbone Bradley received her Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University in 2006 during which time she was a James M. Buchanan Scholar.

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Daniel J. Mahoney
Assumption College

Augustine Chair in Distinguished Scholarship

Daniel J. Mahoney holds the Augustine Chair in Distinguished Scholarship at Assumption College, where he has taught since 1986. He is a specialist in French political thought, anti-totalitarian thought, and the intersection of religion and politics. He is executive editor of Perspectives on Political Science and book review editor of Society. In 1999, he was awarded the Prix Raymond Aron.

His books include The Liberal Political Science of Raymond Aron (1992); De Gaulle: Statesmanship, Grandeur, and Modern Democracy (1996); The Conservative Foundations of the Liberal Order (2010); The Other Solzhenitsyn: Telling the Truth About a Misunderstood Writer and Thinker (2010); and The Idol of Our Age: How the Religion of Humanity Subverts Christianity (2018).

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Michael Matheson Miller
Acton Institute

Research Fellow and Producer of Poverty, Inc.

Michael Matheson Miller is research fellow at the Acton Institute and the producer of Poverty, Inc. With some ten years of international experience, Miller has lived and traveled in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

Michael lectures internationally on such themes as moral philosophy, economic development, and social theory, and entrepreneurship. He is a frequent guest on radio and has been published in the Washington TimesThe Detroit NewsThe LA Daily News, and Real Clear Politics.

Michael is the director and host of the PovertyCure DVD Series and has appeared in various video curricula including Doing the Right ThingEffective Stewardship, and the Birth of Freedom. He is chairman of the Advisory Board and former director of PovertyCure, which promotes entrepreneurial solutions to poverty in the developing world.

Before coming to Acton, he spent three years at Ave Maria College of the Americas in Nicaragua where he taught philosophy and political science and was the chair of the philosophy and theology department.

Miller received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, an M.A. from Nagoya University’s Graduate School of International Development (Japan), an M.A. in philosophy from Franciscan University, and an M.B.A. in International Management from Thunderbird Graduate School of Global Business. He serves on the President’s Advisory Council of Aquinas College in Nashville, the board of the Dietrich von Hildebrand Legacy Project, and the board of trustees for Angelico Press.

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Mihail Neamtu, Ph.D.
Public Intellectual


Mihail Neamtu, Ph.D. is a conservative author and public intellectual. Born in Transylvania (Romania), he received his Ph.D. in theology from King’s College London. Dr. Neamtu has written a dozen popular and best-selling books about Christianity and Western philosophy. His scholarship appeared with Oxford University Press, Brepols, and other distinguished publishers. Dr. Neamtu's forthcoming essay will discuss Trump's presidency and the decline of Western civilization.

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James Patterson, Ph.D.
Ave Maria University

Associate Professor of Politics

James M. Patterson, Ph.D. is an associate professor of politics at Ave Maria University. He received his B.A. in Political Science and Media Studies at the University of Houston in 2002 and his Ph.D. in American Politics from the University of Virginia in 2012. His areas of research include race, religion, and American political development. He has held research positions at the Program for American Values and Institutions at Duke University and the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University, as well as teaching positions at Hampden-Sydney College and Gettysburg College.

He has published academic work on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Venerable Fulton J. Sheen, and biblical narratives in American political rhetoric, and he has published more popular essays and book reviews for Modern Age, Society, Library of Law and Liberty, and Public Discourse. In early 2019, the University of Pennsylvania Press will publish his first book, Religion in the Public Square: Sheen, King, and Falwell. This book examines how very different religious leaders sought to influence national politics by preaching their interpretation of American political foundations. His next research project examines the religious assumptions beneath contemporary social science methodology. Professor Patterson is an Acton University alumnus and a member of the Values & Capitalism Program for the American Enterprise Institute. He lives in Ave Maria, Florida, with his wife Julia and his two children, Esme and Keats.

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Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor
101 Harborside Drive
Boston, MA 02128
United States


This conference begins at 4:00pm on November 21, 2019 and concludes at 12:00pm on November 23, 2019. A full schedule will be provided to accepted participants.


Attendance is by application only. Conference fees, meals, lodging, and travel stipends will be covered for accepted applicants. 

Application closed on October 16, 2019.

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