This event is an annual conference promoting discussion of issues that theologian Michael Novak opened up for further study, particularly his work on democratic capitalism and Catholic social teaching. 

This year's symposium will address the theme of socialism and the future of political and economic liberty. When the Iron Curtain fell at the end of the 20th century, by all accounts capitalism and democracy had won out over socialism and totalitarianism. But where do we stand now? Is socialism making a viable comeback with figures like Bernie Saunders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? What about the situation in Venezuela?

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Heritage Hall, O'Connell Hall, The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Ave., N.E., Washington, DC 20064


Novak Symposium Schedule

8:00 a.m. Mass 

8:30 a.m. Registration and breakfast 

9:15 a.m. Welcome

9:30 a.m. Mary Eberstadt, author and senior research fellow, Faith & Reason Institute

10:30 a.m. Peter Boettke, professor of economics and philosophy, George Mason University

11:30 a.m. George Gilder, founder, Discovery Institute

12:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m. Faculty panel

2:00 - 4:30 p.m. Free time/Social Justice Lab Hackathon

5:15 p.m. Reception 

Morning sessions will feature notable speakers George Gilder, Mary Eberstadt, and Peter Boettke, as well as a panel of CUA faculty.

The afternoon will be devoted to a "Social Justice Lab" hackathon competition for CUA students. More information to come.

This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to attend.

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