Dr. Samuel GreggDr. Samuel Gregg

“Nations, Markets, Families and the Challenge of China” will be the focus of an onstage conversation at Hope College with political economist Dr. Samuel Gregg on Monday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. in Winants Auditorium of Graves Hall.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

Gregg, who is Distinguished Fellow in Political Economy and Senior Research Faculty at the American Institute for Economic Research, will provide insight into how to address the economic challenges of the time.  The presentation will be a dialogue with Hope senior economics major Brian Ntwali of Kigali, Rwanda, who is a member of the college’s Markets & Morality student organization.  Markets & Morality is hosting the event in partnership with the Russell Kirk Center.

As outlined by the event’s abstract, “The American commitment to a free and humane economy faces new challenges. Many young people are abandoning free market solutions in favor of economic nationalism, industrial policy, and quasi-socialist approaches. New economic challenges are making our economy less competitive, dynamic, and humane. At home, we are confronted with the increased erosion of civil society, community, and family. Abroad, we face the rising challenge of China.”

The description continues, “How we address these challenges will determine whether the American economy can remain free and humane for future generations. This will involve a clear recognition of the challenges we face, all while reinvigorating our commitment to the moral, social, and cultural basis of the free market.”

Gregg has written and spoken extensively on questions of political economy, economic history, monetary theory and policy, and natural law theory. He is the author of 16 books, including “The Next American Economy: Nation, State and Markets in an Uncertain World” (2022); “The Essential Natural Law” (2021); “Reason, Faith, and the Struggle for Western Civilization” (2019); “Becoming Europe” (2013); “Wilhelm Röpke’s Political Economy” (2010); “The Commercial Society (2007); and “On Ordered Liberty” (2003). Many of his books and more than 500 articles and opinion pieces have been translated into a variety of languages. He is also a Contributor to Law and Liberty, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, an Affiliate Scholar at the Acton Institute, and a Fellow of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University.

He has published in journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy; Journal of Markets & Morality; Economic Affairs; Law and Investment Management; Journal des Economistes et des Etudes Humaines; Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy; Oxford Analytica; Communio; Journal of Scottish Philosophy; University Bookman; Foreign Affairs; and Policy. He is a regular writer of opinion-pieces which appear in publications such as the Wall Street Journal; Foreign Affairs; The Daily Telegraph; First Things; Investors Business Daily; The Spectator; Law and Liberty; Washington Times; Revue Conflits; American Banker; National Review; Public Discourse; American Spectator; El Mercurio; Australian Financial Review; Jerusalem Post; La Nacion; and Business Review Weekly. He has served as an editorial consultant for the Italian journal, La Societa, and American correspondent for the German newspaper Die Tagespost. He has also been cited in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Time Magazine, Christian Science Monitor, the Washington Post, the New Yorker, Reuters, and the Holy See’s L’Osservatore Romano.

In 2001, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a Member of the Mont Pèlerin Society in 2004. In 2008, he was elected a Member of the Philadelphia Society, and a Member of the Royal Economic Society. In 2017, he was made a Fellow of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. He served as President of the Philadelphia Society from 2019-2021. He was made a Distinguished Fellow of the Philadelphia Society in 2023.

Gregg is the General Editor of Lexington Books’ Studies in Ethics and Economics Series. He also sits on the Academic Advisory Boards of the Institute of Economic Affairs, London; Campion College, Sydney; La Fundación Burke, Madrid; the Instituto Fe y Libertad, Guatemala; and the Friedman-Hayek Center at the Universidad de CEMA, Buenos Aires. He also serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Markets and Morality and Revista Valores en la sociedad industrial.

He has a D.Phil. in moral philosophy and political economy from Oxford University, and an M.A. in political philosophy from the University of Melbourne.

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.  The Feb. 26 conversation is also sponsored by the college’s Department of Economics and Business and Department of Political Science.

To inquire about accessibility or if you need accommodations to fully participate in the event, please email accommodations@hope.edu.  Updates related to events are posted when available at hope.edu/calendar in the individual listings.

Graves Hall is located at 263 College Ave., between 10th and 12th streets.