Initiative for Public Choice and Market Process
The Initiative for Public Choice & Market Process is funded by BB&T and the Koch Foundation and is designed to examine and stimulate discussion of the following topics:
- The role of government institutions in a capitalistic society
- The relationship between government and the individual
- The relationship between political and economic freedom
- The moral structure of a free market economy
The success of the Initiative for Public Choice & Market Process depends on the support of foundations and private individuals who share its commitment to advancing the understanding and appreciation of the system of free minds and free markets. We are deeply grateful to all who support our venture.
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Watch online videos from our guest speaker presentations
You can now watch the video from Timur Kuran's presentation "The Political Consequences of Islam's Economic Legacy." Timur Kuran gave a presentation as part of the BB&T Market Process Speaker Series on September 30, 2014. John Cerasuolo's presentation is also available for viewing. Check the Initiative's video library on the YouTube Channel.
Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged
The Initiative for Public Choice and Market Process would like to offer a complementary copy of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged to interested students of College of Charleston. This classic novel, written in 1957, discusses “the virtue of selfishness” exploring the right of individuals to live for their self-interest. The book’s provocative argument has been criticized by both left and right intellectuals but it had a tremendous influence on generations of business executives.
Please contact Dr. Peter Calcagno (firstname.lastname@example.org) to get a free copy of Atlas Shrugged. Free copies of Atlas Shrugged are available to the College of Charleston students as a result of the Initiative’s funding from BB&T.
The Night the Wall fell and Germany rocked! A 25th anniversary commemoration of the Fall of Berlin Wall
On November 15, 2014, the Initiative co-hosted the roundtable discussion commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. This exciting event was co-sponsored by the Department of German and Slavic Studies, the Global Business Resource Center, the Global Awareness Forum, and the Initiative for Public Choice and Marketing Process. The panel featured the following speakers: Wolfgang Elfe, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of German, University of South Carolina, Richard Bodek, Professor of History and Coordinator of the Faculty Liberal Arts & Sciences Colloquium, Rene Dentiste Mueller, Professor and Director of the International Business Program, Malte Pehl, Assistant Professor, International Studies Department. Peter Calcagno modertated the roundtable discussion and Max Kovalov discussed the Soviet reaction to the fall of the Berlin Wall.
You're So Money: Literary and Economic Seductions
On November 5, the Initiaitive hosted Sarah Skire who discussed Shakespear's poetry through the prism of modern economics, exchange, and commerce. Sarah Skwire is a Fellow at Liberty Fund and the author of the college writing textbook Writing with a Thesis. She has published academic articles on topics as diverse as Shakespeare and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and her writing has appeared in such diverse journals as Literature and Medicine, The George Herbert Journal, and The Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.
The Role of Business Leaders in Preserving a Free Society
On October 7, John Cerasuolo gave a presentation about the role of business leaders in preserving a free society, as part of the BB&T Free Market Process Speaker Series. John Cerasuolo is the chairman of the Beacon Center of Tennessee. He serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of ADS Security, which is the 25th largest security firm in the United States and is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee serving the southeastern United States.
Political Consequences of Islam's Economic Legacy
On September 30th, the Initiative hosted Timur Kuran who gave a public presentation discussing political consequences of Islam's economic legacy. Timur Kuran is a Professor of Economics and Political Science, and Gorter Family Professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University. His research focuses on (1) social change, including the evolution of preferences and institutions, and (2) the economic history and thought of the Middle East.
2013-2014 Annual Report
Take a look at the Annual Report 2013-14 showcasing events organized by the Initiative. In 2013-14, we hosted over twenty events with over 1,000 total participants. We refined and refocused our activities concentrating on our three main programing areas: the BB&T Free Market Process Speaker Series, student development, and faculty development. This year we welcomed an additional sponsor to the program the Apgar Foundation. The Apgar Foundation awarded IPCMP $25,000 for this academic year.