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A conversation with Rev. Robert Sirico, Robert Luddy, Judge Joseph Scoville & Dr. Stephen Barrows

Join the Acton Institute on April 23 at 1pm EST for a Zoom conversation with Rev. Robert Sirico (president, Acton Institute), entrepreneur Robert Luddy (president, CaptiveAire), Judge Joseph Scoville (former US Magistrate Judge, Western District of Michigan) and economist Dr. Stephen Barrows (Managing Director of Programs, Acton Institute) as they discuss the role entrepreneurship and personal liberty will play in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.


Rev. Robert Sirico
Rev. Robert A. Sirico
Acton Institute

President and Co-founder

Rev. Robert A. Sirico is the president and co-founder of the Acton Institute and pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus parish in Grand Rapids, Mich.

His writings on religious, political, economic, and social matters are published in a variety of journals, including: the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the London Financial Times, the Washington Times, the Detroit News, and National Review. Rev. Sirico is often called upon by members of the broadcast media for statements regarding economics, civil rights, and issues of religious concern, and has provided commentary for CNN, ABC, the BBC, NPR, and CBS' 60 Minutes, among others. In his popular book, Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy, Rev. Sirico shows how a free economy is the best way to meet society’s material needs. Rev. Sirico holds dual Italian and American citizenship.

Robert Luddy
Robert Luddy


Robert Luddy is the president of Raleigh, North Carolina-based CaptiveAire, the nation’s leading manufacturer of commercial kitchen ventilation systems.

The company, which Luddy started in 1976 with just 1,300 USD of his own money, now employs 800 people and operates six manufacturing plants in the United States and 90 sales offices in North America. From its humble beginnings, the business has grown steadily and, since 2002, its revenues have more than tripled to 300 million USD last year.

Joseph Scoville
Joseph G. Scoville
United States District Court, Western District of Michigan

Former US Magistrate Judge

Joseph G. Scoville served for 26 years as United States Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Michigan. Before taking the bench in January of 1988, he was a partner in the law firm of Warner, Norcross & Judd in Grand Rapids.

Among other cases of public importance, he successfully argued an appeal to the United States Supreme Court on an issue of federal preemption. Scoville is a past president of the Federal Bar Association, Western Michigan Chapter, and has been a faculty member for many continuing legal education programs in the State of Michigan. He has taught Constitutional Law as an Adjunct Professor at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Judge Scoville is a graduate of Michigan State University (1971, with High Honors, Phi Beta Kappa) and University of Michigan Law School (1974, Magna cum Laude, Order of the Coif). He and his wife, Margaret, have been married for forty-two years.

Stephen Barrows
Stephen Barrows, PhD
Acton Institute

Managing Director of Programs

Stephen Barrows, PhD is the Managing Director of Programs at the Acton Institute.  In this capacity, he leads the Research, Program Outreach, and Communications, departments. 

Prior to his role at the Acton Institute, Dr. Barrows served as the Executive Vice President, Provost and Dean of Faculty of Aquinas College (Grand Rapids, MI) where he was also a tenured associate professor of economics.  Dr. Barrows also served 21 years in the Air Force as an acquisition officer, an economics professor at the United States Air Force Academy and a faculty mentor at the National Military Academy of Afghanistan.   A graduate with distinction of the Air Force Academy, Barrows has a bachelor of science degree in economics (1992), a master of arts degree in economics from Pennsylvania State University (1993), and a doctorate in economics from Auburn University (2002).  He and his wife Kimberly are the parents of three sons and two daughters.

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Acton Institute
98 E. Fulton Street
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
United States


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Attendance is free of charge. Register via the Zoom link above to reserve your spot.

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