Student Mini-Conference: “Christian Approaches to Poverty and Inequality”

Wednesday, March 11 starting at 5 p.m.

Graves Hall, Hope College

Markets & Morality and Campus Ministries are proud to host Rev. Dr. Richard Turnbull at Hope College on Wednesday, March 11. Dr. Turnbull will be visiting from Oxford, England where he directs the Centre for Enterprise, Markets, and Ethics. Before speaking to the Hope/Holland community at 7 p.m., he will be the speaker and guest of honor at a seminar/dinner conference for Hope students.

Students who register in advance (deadline: March 3 or when limited seating is full) will have the opportunity to share a formal meal with the members of Markets & Morality and Dr. Turnbull. During that time, we will discuss the various ways in which Christians have approached the questions of inequality and poverty. Topics will include Christian socialism, the role of the state, and the “voluntary principle.” Does inequality matter? Does redistributive taxation relieve poverty or crowd out innovation and creativity? What is the role of wealth creation, entrepreneurship and the market in providing the necessary resources to combat poverty? We will consider the impact of the growth of the state and the place of intermediate institutions in both theory and practice for the least of these among us.

For more information or a link to register, please email Professor Sarah Estelle (

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Hope College
41 Graves Place
Van Zoeren Hall 177
Holland, MI 49423

Why Econ is for Lovers? Sarah’s work—and this website—isn’t just about her love for econ and a desire to share it, but rather that economics, as a tool of prudence, can help us to facilitate the Good of the other, that is to love well. (This slogan is also a whimsical reference to Sarah’s grad school home in Charlottesville as it echoes Virginia’s classic state tourism motto.)