Four Houghton students and one Houghton professor attended the American Enterprise Institute Conference Purpose and Prosperity: Exploring the Confluence of Faith, Economics, and Public Policy from June 6-9, 2012.
Students selected to attend the all-expense paid conference were Alyssa Acomb ’13, Anastasiya Bogatova ’13, Alice Browning ’13 and Shannon Entz ’14. Ken Bates, associate professor of business and department chair, accompanied the group. Other schools represented included Cedarville University, Gordon College, Messiah College, Olivet Nazarene, Redeemer College, Regent University, Taylor University, Westmont College, and Wheaton College.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time at AEI headquarters this past week,” shared Browning, now a senior at Houghton. “Not only were we treated with exemplary hospitality, but were exposed to a number of experts ranging on such topics as the economy’s relation to the disintegration of the family, stewardship of the environment, maternal feminism, the moral argument for free enterprise, and the list goes on and on. It was an incredibly informational time of Q and A with exceptional professionals and intellectuals.”
The AEI conference allowed Christian college students to gain exposure to today’s most important policy questions and explore the moral nature of the free-enterprise system through substantive dialogue with experts in various fields. Both faith-based and secular views were presented.
Conference seminar topics ranged from social security to the constitution; from feminism to the importance of family. A chief goal of the conference was to identify potential student leaders who will carry ideas back to campus and act as advocates throughout the 2012-13 academic year.
“AEI provided our students with a profound exposure to the moral and material nature of a market economy, how it creates wealth, and both rests upon and encourages traditional American values,” said Professor Bates.