The Grove City College Department of Economics will host the Austrian Student Scholars Conference on Friday, Feb. 15, and Saturday, Feb. 16, on campus, featuring keynote lectures by economists Dr. David Howden and Dr. Peter Klein. The event will unite undergraduate and graduate students from across the country to present research papers written in the tradition of Austrian School intellectuals, such as Ludwig von Mises, F.A. Hayek, Murray Rothbard and Hans Sennholz. Keynote lectures are free and open to the public.
Howden will offer the Hans Sennholz Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, in Sticht Lecture Hall of the Hall of Arts and Letters. He is an assistant professor of economics at Saint Louis University in Madrid, Spain. He will speak on the “Legal and Economic Conflicts in Financial Transactions.
Klein will deliver the Ludwig von Mises Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, in Sticht Lecture Hall of the Hall of Arts and Letters. He is a professor of economics at the University of Missouri. He will address “Austrian Economics and Economic Research.”
In 1956, Hans Sennholz, the young protégé of Mises, was hired by former Grove City College President J. Howard Pew to head the College’s economics department. Under his direction, Grove City College became the world’s leading undergraduate institution for the study of Austrian economics. At commencement in 1957, the College awarded an honorary doctorate degree to Mises. Five years after Mises died in 1973, his widow, Margit von Mises, was asked by their friend, Sennholz, to make Grove City College the permanent home to his papers. Since 1978, the 20,000 page Mises Archive at the College has been the source of four books of his previously unpublished manuscripts.
For more information about the Austrian Student Scholars Conference, visit www2.gcc.edu/dept/econ/ASSC.