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BB&T Center for the Study of the Moral Foundations of Capitalism

BB & T Center for the Study of Moral Foundations of CapitalismWelcome to the BB&T Center for the Study of Moral Foundations of Capitalism

Founded in the Fall of 2010 with a generous grant from the BB&T Foundation, the BB&T Center for the Study of the Moral Foundations of Capitalism advances current dialogue in business ethics, the role of the public sector in a capitalist economy, and the vibrancy of free market capitalism.

The Center is located in the Richard J. Bolte, Sr. School of Business at Mount St. Mary’s University and promotes student, faculty, community, and corporate discussions about the political, social, and economic strengths and challenges inherent in capitalism.

As a distinct contribution to the academy broadly, and flowing from the Mount’s Catholic mission, the BB&T Center’s main focus is to explore how assumptions about the human condition—particularly the capacity for free, rational, creative action—shape theoretical and moral reflection in economics, business, and in social theory about economic phenomena. Behind the problem of economic freedom, is the deeper problem of human freedom in the first place. The BB&T Center thus uses the context of economic freedom to highlight the richness of the human condition.

The BB&T Center: What does it take to be free?

Note from BB&T Center Director John Larrivee

Urban Ministries EventThe BB&T Center’s 2017 programming will deeply explore the role of civil society.

The Rich and Irreplaceable Roles of Urban Ministries event provided a micro level view of what urban ministries do, the next several events will continue to build upon the construct that Catholic social thought is distinct from the rest of the approach in the academy in that it assumes a combination of physical and spiritual, material and personal causes. Individual and social outcomes result from a complex mix of economic, social, political, and personal factors. Thus the examination of the economic factors cannot be separated from the political and cultural setting, including the role of civil society. These ministries are particularly effective and have a tremendous impact.

We are part of civil society too. As a religiously founded university, we are in a unique position to support them in our analysis, teaching, and people. Join the discussion at one of our upcoming events:

Upcoming Events

   June 21, 2017
9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Mount St. Mary's University
Emmitsburg, Md.

Building Bridges: Across the Curriculum, Across Catholic Education

This one day Summer Seminar for Catholic High School Teachers and Administrators is free and includes lunch.

Download the flyer .pdf
Email to register or call 301-447-5397

Fall 2017

Archbishop John Hughes: Mount Alum, REAL New York Hero

With Stanley Carlton-Thies, Ph.D., the Founder and Senior Director of the Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance (IRFA), a division of the Center for Public Justice. Open to the general public. For more information, contact Dr. John Larrivee.

Fall 2017

Civil Society and Crime: What can Christian Universities Do in Study and Action?

With Byron Johnson, Ph.D., the world’s expert on faith and crime, and director of Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion. Open to the general public. For more information, contact Dr. John Larrivee.

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