Economics in Focus at American Dream Conference

by Kaitlyn Coughlin, Public Relations Writer

Cedarville University is hosting the American Dream Conference Oct. 25-26, 2012. The conference will focus on Christian perspectives on the economy, featuring seven keynote speakers.

Carl Ruby, vice president of student life, said that current decisions about the economy will impact what the future looks like for this generation of college students and their families.

“This conference will explore solutions that will make it easier for us to survive financially,” Ruby said. “It will intentionally explore the moral and ethical issues related to the economy.”

Arthur C. Brooks will speak at the conference. Brooks is president of the American Enterprise Institute, professor of business and government at Syracuse University, and The New York Times best-selling author of “The Road to Freedom: How to Win the Fight for Free Enterprise.” He has published hundreds of articles in publications including the Wall Street Journal and has conducted research on the connections between culture, politics and economic life.

Barry James, president of James Investment Research, guest financial commentator for FOX News and Dayton Business Journal’s Business Leader of the Year in 2007, will open the event with a session discussing the national debt.

Jay Richards and Ron Sider will discuss biblical thinking on the economy, deficit and national debt. Richards is director and senior fellow of the Discovery Institute’s Center on Wealth, Poverty, and Morality, visiting scholar at the Institute for Faith, Work and Economics and author of “Money, Greed, and God: Why Capitalism is the Solution and not the Problem.” Sider is director of the Sider Center on Ministry and Public Policy at Palmer Theological Seminary, President of Evangelicals for Social Action, and author of “Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger: Moving From Affluence to Generosity.” 

Andrew Biggs, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and former principal deputy commissioner of the Social Security Administration, will discuss social security. Lisa Sharon Harper and D.C. Innes will discuss capitalism and poverty. Harper is the director of mobilizing for Sojourners, founding executive director of New York Faith and Justice in New York and co-authored “Left, Right and Christ: Evangelical Faith in Politics” with Innes. Innes serves as associate professor of politics at The King’s College in New York City, contributor to multiple publications including The Washington Times, and is on the board of directors for the Evangelical Political Scholars Association.

The conference is part of the Critical Concern Series, which also hosted the G92 Immigration Conference in 2011. Other topics that will be covered in future series include sexuality, race and popular culture.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3,400 undergraduate, graduate and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Celebrating 125 years of inspiring greatness, Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at