The editorial page of the Raleigh News & Observer praised Deputy Budget Director Art Pope, who also serves as President and Chairman of the John William Pope Foundation, for raising "proper questions" about the University of North Carolina system's proposed $2.8 billion budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year: A stern cautionary note from state budget director Art Pope to the University of North Carolina system comes down to this: This is my second memo about the state budget. You guys must not have gotten the first one. Pope has sent UNC system officials back to the budget drawing board, and because he is viewed as the top adviser to Gov. Pat McCrory and the most influential person in the executive branch, the message will be received. Pope told university officials in a Feb. 28 memo that they’re asking for too much money. He noted that to satisfy the university system’s request for a budget increase of $288 million, or 11.3 percent, the state would have to make “major reductions” in other agencies, including the court system and public schools. He noted the state also has a major obligation with Medicaid, the health care system for the poor and disabled. The university system is seeking the money as the legislature readies to convene this spring to adjust the second year of its two-year budget. .... [It's] fair and appropriate for Pope to question the UNC system’s budget request. Peter Hans, chairman of the UNC system’s Board of Governors, gave exactly the right response in saying he and the board “welcome tough questions about how the university proposes to spend public dollars.” He said Pope was “doing what taxpayers should expect him to do."
The Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism will host distinguished scholar Dr. Bruce Caldwell of Duke University for a lecture on Feb. 26. The topic: "Champion of the Market: The Life and Ideas of F.A. Hayek." The event is free and open to the public. (Download a PDF of the announcement here.) Dr. Caldwell is Director of the Center for the History of Political Economy and Research Professor of Economics at Duke University. Professor Caldwell is one of the world's leading Hayek scholars and the General Editor of the Collected Works of F.A. Hayek published by the University of Chicago Press. Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2014. Time: 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Place: Self Auditorium in the Strom Thurmond Institute on the Clemson University campus.
The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) is accepting applications for its summer 2014 academic internship programs held in Washington, D.C. Since 1967, TFAS has been putting students on the path to leadership and influence through its summer and semester "Live. Learn. Intern." programs. TFAS summer institutes include a guaranteed internship placement, courses for credit at George Mason University taught by outstanding faculty, housing in furnished apartments in Washington, D.C. just blocks from the White House, guest lectures, site briefings, professional development activities, and social events. Programs are offered in the following areas of study: Public Policy & Economics International Affairs & Economics Business & Government Affairs Journalism, Communications & Public Relations Community Service & Nonprofit Sector Generous scholarship awards are available to residents of North Carolina through the support of the John William Pope Foundation. Further program details and an online application may be found at here. Applicants are encouraged to apply today to receive priority scholarship consideration. The final deadline is March 18. Questions may be directed to Mary Stankus at email@example.com or 202-986-0384.
"Conservatives need a social justice agenda of their own." So writes Arthur Brooks, president of the Washington D.C.-based American Enterprise Institute, in a new article for Commentary magazine. Brooks main question is this: How can conservatives overcome the widespread perception that they care little for the poor, while progressives care significantly? The transformation begins, Brooks writes, by articulating a conservative social-justice agenda: Conservative leaders owe it to their followers and the vulnerable to articulate a positive social-justice agenda for the right. It must be tangible, practical, and effective. And it must start with the following question: What do the most vulnerable members of society need? This means asking the poor themselves. Brooks builds his case on three pillars: Moral transformation: Fostering the values of faith, family, community, and work. Material relief: Encouraging individual charity and building a social safety net that discourages dependence. Opportunity: Advocating for education reform and the virtuousness of the free market. Writes Brooks: Our nation has a great deal of need that goes unmet, and it is only exacerbated by years of misguided statist policies and a materialistic culture. The social-justice agenda outlined above can reorient us toward our best selves and toward our obligation to help the vulnerable. It is an agenda that seeks transformation, relief, and opportunity. It means defending a culture of faith, family, community, and work; increasing our charity and protecting the safety net for the truly needy; and fighting for education reform and free enterprise as profound moral imperatives. This agenda will do the most good for the most people—and revive the conservative movement. For too long, conservatives have identified themselves as fighting against things, perpetually making war on the left’s mistaken priorities. They fight against punitive taxes, creeping overregulation, wasteful spending, licentious culture, and ruinous national debt. There is no reason to repudiate the ideology behind these fights. But these second-order policy fights are not intrinsic to a better nation; they are merely instrumental. The central, motivating purpose of conservative philosophy is not fighting against things. It is fighting for people.
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Upcoming event: 2014 John W. Pope lecture at NCSU, ‘Constitutional Structures and Political Culture,’ featuring Robert P. GeorgeCategories: Announcements, Education, NCSU John W. Pope Lecture
Mark your calendar for Thursday evening, February 20, when renowned political thinker Robert P. George will deliver the 2014 John W. Pope lecture at N.C. State University. George's talk is entitled "Constitutional Structures, Limited Government, and Civic Virtue." When: February 20, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Where: N.C. State University, SAS Hall, located at 2311 Stinson Drive. (Parking is available in the lot adjacent to the building.) A reception will follow the speech. The event is free of charge and open to the public. The John W. Pope Lecture Series is hosted by North Carolina State University's College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Poole College of Management to encourage dialogue on topics of political and economic interest. “Quality interaction with undergraduate students is a key component of the series,” says Dr. Andy Taylor, professor of Political Science at N.C. State. “Dr. George will offer a public lecture, but will also meet with our students.” Click here for a story on the 2013 John W. Pope lecture, delivered by economist Luigi Zingales on the topic of crony capitalism. ABOUT DR. GEORGE George is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and founder and director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He is the author of Making Men Moral: Civil Liberties and Public Morality (1993), In Defense of Natural Law (1999), and The Clash of Orthodoxies (2001), among other works. His articles and review essays have appeared in the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Columbia Law Review, the University of Chicago Law Review, and elsewhere. He is general editor of New Forum Books, a Princeton University Press series of interdisciplinary works in law, culture, and politics. A graduate of Swarthmore College and Harvard Law School, George also earned a master’s degree in theology from Harvard and a doctorate in philosophy of law from Oxford University. Among his awards are the United States Presidential Citizens Medal, the Honorific Medal for the Defense of Human Rights of the Republic of Poland and the Bradley Prize for Intellectual and Civic Achievement.
Colleges and universities must return to a “classical view” of higher education built on religion, morality, wisdom, and knowledge. That was the argument proffered by Baylor University President Ken Starr during a speech Oct. 3 in Cary, North Carolina. Sponsored by the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, the talk covered a range of topics. But Starr, an attorney and former federal judge best known for leading investigations surrounding President Bill Clinton in the 1990s, focused on three main steps to revitalize higher education: educating with a rigorous curriculum, educating for wisdom, and educating for freedom. “Higher education needs to be a transformational experience aimed toward the good life, the virtuous life, the wise life,” Starr said. To underscore the need for a more rigorous academic environment, Starr cited statistics showing that today's college students spend an average of 27-hours per week studying outside the classroom, compared to an average of 40-hours per week in the past. Starr also emphasized the importance of students and academics encouraging freedom at home and abroad. One practical way to do that, he said, is by engaging in the free market. “The free market promotes human flourishing in a very practical way,” he said. Peter Hans, Chairman of the UNC Board of Governors, also joined Starr during a panel discussion moderated by Pope Center Director of Research George Leef. Click here to watch a video of the speech and discussion.