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Values & Capitalism on Campus: Bethel College

On Feburary 21, 2013, Values & Capitalism sponsored a public lecture by Dr. Lawrence Mead, professor of public policy at NYU and a visiting scholar at AEI. Speaking with more than 75 Bethel College students and faculty, Dr. Mead addressed leading themes from his monograph, “From Prophecy to Charity: How to Help the Poor.” He talked candidly about the values inherent in the 1996 welfare reform law, work requirements in current federal entitlement programs, the costs and unintended consequences of U.S. anti-poverty measures, and ways that biblical values can shape firsthand interaction with low-income populations. An engaging student discussion followed. Bethel College Additionally, V&C’s team offered a “Navigating DC Jobs and Internships” lecture with 26 students, and met with the college dean and several other faculty and administrative leaders to discuss forthcoming 2013 Values & Capitalism monographs, as well as current Bethel College curricular priorities. On February 22, we offered guest lectures in two economics classes: an F.A. Hayek course taught by V&C faculty network member Dr. Aaron Schavey, and an international community development course taught by Dr. Kent Eby. Bethel College Despite six inches of overnight snowfall, Bethel students were fully engaged in these conversations about the connections between Christian morality and generating wealth in ways that can responsibly help the developing world and low-income Americans.