‘Liberty, Markets and the Great Books' program will provide scholarships

Posted: Thursday, 15 August 2013

TROY – Troy University's Johnson Center for Political Economy will offer a new reading program that will provide $1,000 scholarships to participating students.

The “Liberty, Markets and the Great Books" reading group will consist of 10 students selected through an application and invitation process. The program will expose students to classic works in economics, literature, and political philosophy. Led by Johnson Center faculty members, students will read and discuss the selected texts and complete projects designed to provide them a more in-depth examination of the books that have had a major influence on contemporary economic and political thought.

At completion, students will have a better understanding of free market ideas, political theory and America's intellectual heritage, said Dr. Scott Beaulier, the Johnson Center's director.

“We believe this program will greatly enhance our efforts at engaging students in free market, limited government ideas in the next year and for many years to come," he said. “The Apgar Foundation's support of this program for a second year will not only help us reach students in a new way, but will enable us to make extensive use of the Johnson Center Library, provided by the Liberty Fund."

“Liberty, Markets and the Great Books" will not offer academic credit, but is a way for students in a variety of disciplines to gain knowledge in a structured, but less formal environment. The program will take place on Wednesday for two hours, and pizza will be provided.

“We want students to have fun exchanging ideas and discussing a number of great books. It's a great opportunity to earn a little money while learning a lot about some of the great writers in economics and politics," said Beaulier, who led a similar program at Mercer University.

The Apgar Foundation was created by members of the Apgar family and is made possible by the success of Somerset Tire Service (STS), founded by John “Jack" N. Apgar in 1958. The focus of multiple Harvard Business School case studies for its highly decentralized management style, STS is an employee-owned company in which each employee is authorized to make autonomous decisions on how best to accomplish a given goal. The primary mission of the Foundation is to support university and college programs that promote an understanding of the Western and American intellectual heritage, church-related projects and missions based on Judeo-Christian thought; and programs to prevent birth defects or cure childhood diseases.