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Political scholars hold roundtable discussion at CCU on Adam Smith’s economic theory in the 21st century

February 16, 2018
Adam Smith experts will discuss why the economist’s theories are still relevant and how they apply in today’s society during roundtable at Coastal Carolina UniversityMichelle Schwarze is Jack Miller Center Assistant Professor of Political Science and an affiliate of the Center for European Studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Rodolpho Hernandez is a senior lecturer of political science at Texas State University.

Political science scholars Michelle Schwarze, Brandon Turner and Rodolpho Hernandez will hold a roundtable discussion on Adam Smith’s economic theory and its relation to democratic citizens in the 21st century on Monday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. in the James J. Johnson Auditorium at Coastal Carolina University. The event, part of CCU’s Politics and Economics Lecture Series, is free and open to the public.

Adam Smith (1723-1790) was a Scottish philosopher and economist. His book “The Wealth of Nations” (1776) is one of the most important works in the field of economics.

“The event is going to be a discussion about the continued relevance of Adam Smith’s political and economic thought to contemporary political society,” said Kimberly Hale, assistant professor in CCU’s Department of Politics and co-organizer of the series. “The speakers are especially going to focus on why it is important that young adults read and discuss Smith as they enter their citizenship roles in a democratic, capitalist society.”

Schwarze is the Jack Miller Center Assistant Professor of Political Science and an affiliate of the Center for European Studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She specializes in the Scottish Enlightenment, particularly the theory of Adam Smith and the history of political economy.

Turner is the BB&T Research Professor in the Department of Political Science at Clemson University and the executive director of the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism. He specializes in modern political thought, particularly liberalism and its critics, and the rise of commercial society.

Hernandez is a senior lecturer of political science at Texas State University. He has written extensively on the political economy of Abraham Lincoln.

CCU’s Politics and Economics Lecture Series is sponsored by the Charles Koch Foundation, which supports education and research that facilitates dialogue and sparks innovation. The series presents one event each semester and is co-directed by Robert F. Salvino Jr., associate professor in CCU’s Department of Finance and Economics.

“The lecture series seeks to bring speakers to campus from a variety of intellectual backgrounds in the hopes of highlighting the importance of interdisciplinary study between economists and political scientists,” said Hale.

The Johnson Auditorium is in Room 116 of the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration, located at 119 Chanticleer Drive E. on the main Conway campus. Parking is available in lots A, B, C and S; see coastal.edu/safety/parking.

For more information on this event or the Politics and Economic Lecture Series, contact khale1@coastal.edu or 843-349-2653. Visit coastal.edu/politics.

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