Grant Aids A&S Faculty Initiative Exploring Freedom and Social Justice

Grant Aids A&S Faculty Initiative Exploring Freedom and Social Justice

Three Boston College faculty members were awarded a $39,750 grant by the Atlas Economic Research Foundation and the John Templeton Foundation as part of a national program to teach college students the virtues and challenges of human liberty.

College of Arts and Sciences Dean Joseph F. Quinn, Prof. Marc Landy (Political Science) and Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life Director Prof. Alan Wolfe (Political Science) are using the funds for their initiative "Economic Freedom, Religious Freedom and Social Justice."

Through the project, Quinn, Landy and Wolfe are teaching a yearlong course for undergraduates and graduate students on political, economic and religious freedom. The grant also will fund outside speakers to meet with the class and offer lectures to the University community. Journalists E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and David Brooks of the Weekly Standard visited BC on Nov. 16 and discussed religion's role in the presidential campaign.

The two foundations awarded a total of $440,000 in grants to 39 professors at 13 institutions as part of the Freedom Project, which provides support for interdisciplinary courses that explore the moral and material impact of freedom, free societies and free enterprise.

-Sean Smith

 

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