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Liberty Week


Liberty Week

Virginia (Darden)
Charlottesville, VA January 30, 2017 - February 2, 2017
Monday Jan 30
Thu Feb 2
Monday Jan 30 2017
Thu Feb 2
PAST EVENT Monday Jan 30 2017
Thu Feb 2 2017

The Adam Smith Society at Darden is hosting a week-long conversation about the important role that capitalism and free markets play in different aspects of industry and society. The series of events features a different set of speakers and leaders each day during the 1:30 break hour, where lunch will be provided in the Abbott Dining Center. 

January 30, 2017

1:30PM - 2:30PM

Opening Session: Technology & Automation


  • Robert Atkinson, Founder & President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

How does capitalism drive innovation and productivity? Who benefits from technological advancement? What responsibility do business leaders and policy makers have managing these changes? Is the digital revolution differ from previous technological advancements? Dr. Atkinson is a prolific writer, speaker, and advisor to three different U.S. Presidents on these important issues. 

Panel co-sponsored by Darden Technology Club

January 31, 2017

1:30PM - 2:30PM

Tuesday Session: Inequality


  • Yaron Brook, President & Excutive Director, Ayn Rand Institute

Does capitalism create inequality? How does capitalism differ from other economic systems in its distribution of economic rewards? Is inequality inherent? Is it even bad? Should policy makers try to eliminate inequality? Yaron Brook is a provocative author, radio host, and commentator on the nature of capitalism and government.

February 1, 2017

12:00PM - 2:00PM

Wednesday Session: Feminism and the Free Market


  • Julia Mahoney, Professor, University of Virginia
  • Mary Margaret Frank, Professor, University of Virginia 
  • Kay Hymowitz, William E. Simon Fellow, Manhattan Institute

What role can the free market play in women’s participation in society? How have laws changed to encourage women’s participation in the labor market? Are differences in outcomes the result of structural policy or the individual choices of men and women? 

Panel co-sponsored by Darden Women in Business 

February 2, 2017

12:00PM - 2:00PM

Keynote Session: The Morality of Capitalism


  • John Allison, former CEO & President, BB&T

Is capitalism the best economic system? Does capitalism promote moral behavior or is it neutral? Do our values influence our economics or does economics influence our values? John Allison is a world renowned business leader and thought leader on business, economics, and philosophy.


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