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BB&T Free Market Process Speaker Series Presents: Liberalism v. Liberalism in the Global Economy

By Sandra Krezmien-Funk
Posted on 27 August 2013 | 10:06 am

The Initiative for Public Choice and Market Process invites Dr. Nigel Ashford, senior program officer for the Institute for Humane Studies as a part of its BB&T Free Market Process Speaker Series.  The event is on Wednesday, September 4, beginning at 5:30 p.m. with a reception in the School of Business Beatty Center, 5 Liberty St., Charleston.  The event is free and open to College of Charleston employees, students, alumni, the business community, media and others interested in the topic.

Ashford’s presentation will examine the question of why liberalism has dramatically different meanings in the U.S. and the rest of the world.

The event is sponsored by the Initiative for Public Choice and Market Process, founded in 2008 with a generous gift from the BB&T Charitable Foundation and the Charles G. Koch Foundation.

About Nigel Ashford
Nigel Ashford is senior program officer at the Institute for Humane Studies. He joined IHS from the United Kingdom where he was professor of politics and Jean Monnet Scholar in European Integration at Staffordshire University, England. Ashford has also directed the Principles for a Free Society Project at the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation in Sweden, and was a Bradley Resident Scholar at the Heritage Foundation and Visiting Scholar at the Social and Philosophy Policy Center in Bowling Green. He is a recipient of the International Anthony Fisher Trust Prize for published work which strengthens public understanding of the political economy of the free society.

Ashford was also chairman of the American Politics Group of the United Kingdom. He is author of Principles for a Free Society (Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation, 1999, 2003), which is available in six languages. He is co-author of US Politics Today (Manchester University Press, 1999); Public Policy and the Impact of the New Right (St Martin’s Press, 1994) and A Dictionary of Conservative and Libertarian Thought (Routledge, 1991), and numerous articles on how ideas influence US politics.

He works on many of the Institute’s educational programs, teaches at summer seminars, liaises with the IHS faculty network, produces regular academic newsletters for faculty and graduate students, and provides academic career advice to graduate students.

About the Initiative for Public Choice & Market Process
Founded in the fall of 2008, the Initiative for Public Choice & Market Process advances the understanding of the economic, political and moral foundations of a free market economy.  The Initiative for Public Choice & Market Process supports the growth and development of teaching and research at the College of Charleston School of Business while engaging students and the Charleston business community. Visit or to learn more.

About the School of Business
College of Charleston’s School of Business offers seven undergraduate majors, an honors program, several interdisciplinary minors, an M.S. in Accountancy and an MBA.  Approximately 1900 undergraduate and graduate students attend from as far away as China, Germany and Brazil.  The School of Business ranks #1 in the world with the most certified global business professionals (CGBP) on faculty.  Faculty research expertise is diverse in areas such as global logistics, hospitality and tourism, political economics, financial investment, bankruptcy, business intelligence, and sustainable business practices. Visit to learn more.



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