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Co-sponsored by Liberty Fund, Inc., this program is an intellectually demanding and stimulating weekend colloquium that explores the foundations of liberty in a series of graduate-level, text-based, guided Socratic discussions. 

This conference on Capitalism, Free Trade, and Globalization will examine the related subjects of free trade and globalization, with particular emphasis on the interrelated institutions of capitalism and morality. We will examine works such as Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations, Frederic Bastiat’s Economic Sophisms, Martin Wolf’s Why Globalization Works, and others. The first part of this colloquium will focus on the classic economic and political rationales for the policies of free trade and protectionism. The second part will explore the relationship between the institutions of capitalism, morality, and globalization.

  • This colloquium will consist of 6 guided Socratic discussion sessions.
  • The discussion sessions are text-based and so selected participants are required to prepare appropriately and participate fully in all sessions.
  • Readings will be provided to all accepted participants.
  • This colloquium is for Acton alumni who are currently enrolled in or have recently completed graduate level work.

Covid-19 Conference Information

  • This is an in-person program. Individuals not comfortable with meeting in-person should not apply to this program.
  • Should local or federal regulations change, Acton Institute staff will communicate next steps in a timely fashion.

Application Information

  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the colloquium has been filled.
  • These programs tend to fill quickly, especially as space is limited to 15 attendees.
  • Waiting lists are not maintained for these colloquia. When the program has been filled, the application will be closed.

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Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
187 Monroe Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
United States

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Full details will be provided to accepted participants.

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.

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