Faith & Public Life
Equipping Christians to think deeply about faithful participation in contemporary public life.
Our core audience is undergraduate students who are interested in exploring questions of politics, public policy, economics, business, and society in a way that is integrated with the convictions of their faith. Covering a variety of topics and taking
place throughout the year, our programs give students the opportunity to engage in serious, nonpartisan dialogue with experts and peers on pressing issues, and be prepared for their future careers and vocations. Featured programs are listed below.
- Executive Council ProgramExecutive Councils are groups of up to six students per school who partner with our staff to improve political discourse on their campuses by fostering substantive, nonpartisan conversations on topics related to faith, politics, economics, and society. The program also furthers the intellectual and professional development of participants through intensive, expense-free conferences and other opportunities.Learn More
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Since 2012, the Initiative on Faith & Public Life has built a community of leading Christian college professors who are interested in the intersection of faith, politics, economics, and society and share a commitment to equipping future leaders. There are currently over 300 professors in our network, representing institutions (both religious and secular) across the country and world.
Our Academic Network members form a real intellectual community of faculty who encourage and challenge each other. They also help our team recruit students, facilitate events on their campuses, and receive access to complimentary books and other resources, as well as occasional invitations to faculty-only seminars and conferences.
AEI’s Initiative on Faith & Public Life is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2021–2022 Young Scholar Awards. This year we received impressive applicants from schools across the country on topics ranging from public policy and economics to law and political theory. We selected four undergraduates who will pursue rigorous, original research during the 2021–2022 academic year under the guidance of a faculty advisor and experts at AEI.
Economic liberty does, however, offer us a tremendous opportunity to rebuild our communities and adequately care for those at the bottom of the economic distribution. It simply requires a closer inspection of Adam Smith, revising our understanding of his assumptions, and rethinking our own role in promoting a more robust civic life and alleviating poverty.
Dr. Hirschfeld’s Summer Honor’s class “Are Markets Moral? In Search of a Humane Economy” gave insights but—to use her words—ultimately gave us “the habit of seeing.” Therefore, let us submit ourselves to a new, more perfect discipline: Thomistic Economics.