Leading Christian economist to speak at OC’s ethics event Oct. 24

The Institute for Faith, Work and Economics' Dr. Anne Bradley will speak about a Christian response to income inequality on Oct. 24 at OC.
The Institute for Faith, Work and Economics' Dr. Anne Bradley will speak about a Christian response to income inequality on Oct. 24 at OC.

Income inequality is a topic that sparks vigorous debates in the United States. Those debates often touch on concepts like greed, capitalism, poverty and faith. Oklahoma Christian University welcomes a collegial discussion of income inequality when it hosts leading Christian economics professor Anne Bradley Oct. 24.

Bradley, the vice president of economic initiatives at the Institute for Faith, Work and Economics just outside of Washington, D.C., will speak at OC’s 2017 Millican Ethics Symposium. Her lecture, “Does Capitalism Fairly Distribute Income: An Economic and Christian Perspective,” is free and begins at 7 p.m. in Judd Theatre.

“Some have called income inequality the defining issue of our time, and we want to embrace this complex topic with intellectual and faith-inspired consideration,” said Jeff Simmons, dean of OC’s College of Business Administration.

At the IFWE, Bradley oversees research toward a systematic theology of economic freedom. She edited and contributed to the organization’s two books, which are “Counting the Cost: Is Capitalism Worth It?” and “For the Least of These: A Biblical Answer to Poverty.” In addition, she has taught at Georgetown University, George Mason University, Charles University, Grove City College, the Fund for American Studies and the Foundation for Economic Education. She earned her doctorate in economics from George Mason University, where she served as a James M. Buchanan Scholar.

Bradley has also researched the political economy and industrial organization of al-Qaeda. Those studies led to her working for the Central Intelligence Agency as an economic analyst.

“Dr. Bradley is an incredibly accomplished economics scholar whose faith has inspired her study of income inequality,” said Elaine Kelley, associate dean in OC’s College of Business Administration. “We are looking forward to a vigorous discussion of Christian responses to income inequality. We are thrilled to have some of her academic caliber as the keynote speaker for our ethics symposium.”

Prior to Bradley’s talk, OC will host a student-led debate on four questions about income inequality. The debate begins at 4 p.m. in the Adams Recital Hall. Bradley will moderate the debate with Brian Simmons, OC’s professor of communication and associate dean of the college of liberal arts.

Online registration for the event is available at www.oc.edu/events/ethics-symposium. For more information, call (405) 425-5560 or contact Elaine Kelly at elaine.kelly@oc.edu.

The Ethics Symposium is named after J.J. Millican, the father of Don Millican. Don serves as executive vice president and chief financial officer for Kaiser-Francis Oil Company and on the OC board of trustees.

J.J. Millican was a respected Christian businessman, faithful husband and father, as well as a Certified Public Accountant. He also was a national partner with Ernst & Young. Previous symposium speakers have included Enron whistle-blower Sherron Watkins, former WorldCom controller David Myers, nationally known tax expert Susan Hamill and championship football coach Gene Stallings.