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Ismael Hernandez, who is founder and executive director of the Freedom and Virtue Institute, will present the address “From Poverty to Flourishing: Helping People the Right Way” on Monday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. at Hope College in Schaap Auditorium of the Jim and Martie Bultman Student Center.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

The mission of the Freedom and Virtue Institute is to promote individual liberty, self-reliance and human dignity.  Based in Fort Myers, Florida, the institute believes in fostering attitudes and leading initiatives that build off the principle of creating self-reliance among at-risk underprivileged children and individuals enduring hardship that wish to better their situations and live a dignified, self-sustainable life.

Hernandez is author of the book “Not Tragically Colored: Freedom, Personhood, and the Renewal of Black America,” and has had articles published in a variety of newspapers and magazines. He holds a master’s degree in political science from the University of Southern Mississippi, and his previous professional experience includes having served as executive director of the African Caribbean American Catholic Center.

The event is hosted by the college’s Markets & Morality student organization and co-sponsored by the college’s Department of Economics and Business.

Markets & Morality aims to support and celebrate freedom of expression in the context of the liberal arts by hosting speakers and films on topics spanning the economic, political and cultural aspects of human civilization, with a special concern for human flourishing as understood in Christian perspective.

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The Jim and Martie Bultman Student Center is located at 115 E. 12th St., at the center of the Hope campus between College and Columbia avenues along the former 12th Street.  Schaap Auditorium is on the lower level near the building’s southwest corner.