Towards a New Economy: Justice, Culture, and the Social Market

Pope Francis and the Holy See are advancing the concept of a social economy—in contrast to the current market economy—through messages that focus on justice and economics, the environment, and the fostering of a culture that advances human dignity. Georgetown gathered economic, cultural, religious, and other leaders to engage across disciplines during this day-long symposium. Participants discussed the economy's intersection with arts and culture, values, and issues of social justice.

9:30 a.m. | Welcome Address
John J. DeGioia, Georgetown University

Conversation on "Values, Culture, and the Economy"
Michael Sandel, Harvard University
Paul Elie (moderator), Georgetown University

11:30 a.m. | Social Justice and Market Regulation
Gaël Giraud, S.J., Paris School of Economics
George Akerlof (respondent), Georgetown University
Erin Lothes Biviano (respondent), College of St. Elizabeth
James Hanvey, S.J. (moderator), Oxford University

1:00 p.m. | Lunch

2:00 p.m. | How Economy Shapes Culture: Perspective of the Poor and the Working Poor
Sherry Linkon, Georgetown University
Clara Mejía Orta, Georgetown University (C'17)
Alyssa Russell, Georgetown University (C'17)
David Hollenbach, S.J. (moderator), Georgetown University

4:00 p.m. | How Culture Shapes Economy
Lewis Hyde, Kenyon College
Bishop Paul Tighe (respondent), Pontifical Council for Culture
Fred Bahnson (respondent), Wake Forest University
John Borelli (moderator), Georgetown University

5:30 p.m. | Closing Remarks from Bishop Paul Tighe and Reception

This event was co-sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs; the President's Office; and the Pontifical Council for Culture. It was another cooperative step between Georgetown University and the Pontifical Council for Culture, which previously, with the Archdiocese of Washington, convened a three-day conference in April 2014 on “Faith, Culture and the Common Good.

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