The second annual Angell Snyder School of Business symposium was held on October 25 in The College’s Fredrikson Chapel and featured four presentations related to “Exploring Economic Freedom.”
The day began with Dr. Russ McCullough, associate professor of economics and Wayne D. Angell distinguished chair of economics, who provided “A Philosophical and Historical Overview” of economic freedom.
Dr. Anne Bradley of The Institute for Faith, Work and Economics was the day’s second presenter. As the vice president of economic initiatives, she provided a unique approach to the topic of economic freedom by giving “A Biblical Defense of Income Inequality.” The audience then moved to the Mowbray Union for a luncheon presentation by Dr. James Gwartney ’62 on “Economic Freedom: Why it is the Key to Growth and Prosperity.” Gwartney is the Stavros Eminent Scholar Chair at Florida State University. He was honored during Homecoming with the Alumni Association’s Outstanding Achievement Award (see page 66).
The final presenter of the day was Rick McNary, the founder of Numana, Inc. and the government, university and private sector liaison for Stop Hunger Now. His session explored economic freedom as it related to “Changing the Way We Talk about Hunger.”
The symposium wrapped up with a panel discussion and question/answer session that included the four speakers and guest panelist Dr. Wayne D. Angell. According to attendees, this was one of the most enjoyable portions of the day. “The panel discussion was fantastic, provoking and lively!” said one, while another remarked, “Aspects of the answer/question session brought humor relief to a serious day of presentations – well done!”
College business majors were required to attend the symposium as part of a curriculum beyond-the-classroom learning opportunity. Though not all saw the benefit of this wide array of speakers, others agreed with the student who said, “I think these symposiums are a great opportunity for us students to engage and I hope they continue to occur each year.”
For those who were unable to attend, videos of the presentations can be viewed in their entirety at http://new.livestream. com/TheOttawaU. More information on the symposium presenters can be found at www.ottawa.edu/angellsnyder.
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