U of L announces their spring speaker series presenters Thursday, Jan 23 2020 

By Matthew Keck —

The University of Louisville’s Center for Free Enterprise and McConnell Center announced their respective spring speaker series Jan. 17. Between the two series there will be six speakers, covering varying topics.

McConnell Center speakers

The McConnell series begins Jan. 28 with Barbara Perry, former researcher at the U.S. Supreme Court and director of presidential studies at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center. Her speech will examine Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s paths to the Supreme Court, and how they have shaped it.

Amy Sturgis, adjunct assistant professor of liberal studies at Lenoir-Rhyne University, will be the next speaker March 24. She will be discussing how a new generation of Native American storytellers are changing the field of science fiction literature.

The last speaker of this series, Patti Callahan, author of “Becoming Mrs. Lewis,” will be at U of L April 16. Her talk will be focused on Joy Davidman’s journey from New York to Oxford and her impact on C.S. Lewis’ writing.

“As we mark the centenary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, our students are exploring important women authors and leaders and the impact they’ve had—and are having—in our world today,” said Director (what is he director of?) Gary Gregg. “It is our privilege to share a little bit of this work with the Louisville community this spring.”

Each event will be held in Ekstrom Library’s Chao Auditorium.

Center for Free Enterprise speakers

This speakers series kicks off with James R. Otteson, economic professor at Wake Forest University Jan. 30. Otteson will be giving a presentation regarding honorable business in a just and humane society.

Following Otteson on Feb. 19 will be Clifton Taulbert, an award-winning author, entrepreneur, business consultant and international speaker. His presentation will revolve around the comprehensive impact of an entrepreneurial journey.

The finale for this series on April 8 will feature a panel of professors and directors from multiple universities and institutes. The panelists are Corey DeAngelis, Angela Dills, Helen Ladd and Peter Greene. They will be discussing whether school choice is the right choice for students.

Each of these events will be held in the College of Business’s PNC Horn Auditorium.

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College of Business receives $2 million grant for research and faculty expansion Monday, Nov 18 2019 

By Matthew Keck —

The University of Louisville College of Business announced Nov. 14 that they received a $2 million grant from the Joseph W. Craft III Foundation. The College of Business plans to use this grant to increase research and expand faculty.

This funding will go towards the Center for Free Enterprise to continue its exploration of entrepreneurship’s advancement in the well-being of society. “This helps students see real life applications to what they are studying,” said Stephan Gohmann, director of the Center for Free Enterprise.

“The Center for Free Enterprise is tackling seemingly intractable problems with a fresh perspective and innovative solutions,” said president, CEO and chairman of Alliance Resource Partners LP, Joseph Craft. “It gives students the opportunity to work alongside university scholars to discover how the free enterprise system in the United States preserves our freedom and contributes to the prosperity needed to apply critical thinking to solve the challenges in their own lives, their communities and the world.”

The center will expand by adding two tenure-track faculty in entrepreneurship, up to five doctoral fellows plus staff for the center. Gohmann said doctoral fellows will be recruited within U of L and outside of the university.

It will also partner with the Forcht Center for Entrepreneurship to examine ideas related to free enterprise through the lens of principled entrepreneurship. “We will be able to use these synergies for better programming and better classroom experiences for students,” said Gohmann. “This can occur when we bring in speakers who can give talks to the general public and also talks in entrepreneurship classes. Likewise, we often bring in authors of books that our reading groups are reading.”

Since operations began in 2015, the center has hosted speakers on topics such as criminal justice reform, transformation of China, crypto-currency and entrepreneurship in Senegal.

In addition, the center hosts reading groups throughout each semester that attract students from across the university. The purpose is to get students reading and exchanging ideas outside of the classroom. Students who attend these reading sessions also have the opportunity to receive a scholarship if they meet participation requirements.

“Our students benefit from the rich experiences the Center for Free Enterprise provides,” said U of L President Neeli Bendapudi. “We are grateful for the opportunity to continue to inspire our community’s future business leaders through these generous gifts.”

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