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Please join us in welcoming our 2020 Novak Award recipient, Gregory Collins, as our first Acton Lecture Series speaker for the 2021 season.

Drawing out some important themes of his recently published book on Edmund Burke’s economic thought, Commerce and Manners in Edmund Burke’s Political Economy, Gregory M. Collins will explain whether Burke overcame perhaps the most powerful moral and metaphysical objection to commercial exchange: that the never-ending  process of economic satisfaction is fundamentally at odds with the good life.

This lecture is livestream only. A free livestream of this lecture will be available to view @ 12 noon Eastern on January 27.

Gregory Collins
Gregory M. Collins, Ph.D.
Yale University

Postdoctoral Associate and Lecturer

Gregory M. Collins is a postdoctoral associate and lecturer in the program on ethics, politics, and economics at Yale University. His book on Edmund Burke’s economic thought, Commerce and Manners in Edmund Burke’s Political Economy, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2020 and has already garnered significant attention inside and outside the academic community. Topics of his recently published or forthcoming articles include Burke, Adam Smith, Leo Strauss, Britain’s East India Company, and Frederick Douglass. They have been or will be published in the Review of PoliticsHistory of Political ThoughtAmerican Political ThoughtJournal of the History of Economic ThoughtSlavery & Abolition, and Perspectives on Political Science. His current book project is a comparative study of Burke and the Enlightenment.

In recognition of Gregory's outstanding research in the fields of ethics, politics and economics, the Acton Institute awarded him the 2020 Novak Award.


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12:00 p.m. Lecture begins
12:40 p.m. Q&A
1:00 p.m. Lecture ends


Event livestream is free and will be available to view @ 12 noon Eastern on January 27.

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