TFAS alumni working and volunteering with nonprofit organizations gathered for a thought-provoking Curriculum of Liberty Seminar on “Philanthropy and Liberty” on January 27-29, 2017. Co-sponsored by Liberty Fund, Inc., alumni participants discussed ideas during the five session seminar in Arlington, Virginia.
Their conversations focused on how the philanthropic resolve is part of the American character, something that is demonstrated not only by monetary donations, but also through generosity of spirit and the giving of time. Though open debate was encouraged, the rules of civility were respected, fostering a sense of civic friendship. As Colleen Maleski (IPJ 08) noted, “What I appreciated most was the space to disagree—to debate, respectfully and factually—which I fear our country is shying away from.”
The discussions were led by Dr. Richard Gunderman, a professor of radiology, pediatrics, medical education, philosophy, liberal arts, and philanthropy, and vice-chair of the Radiology Department, at Indiana University. Alumni scholars were given required readings to complete prior to the conference to serve as a basis for the discussions. Authors from the readings included: Bernard Mandeville, Adam Smith, Arthur Brooks, Alexis de Tocqueville, Marvin Olasky and more. Dr. Gunderman prompted the students to discuss the important issues that were raised in the readings and encouraged students to bring in their own narratives and experiences into the discussion as well.
TFAS alumni scholars in attendance were Philip Applebaum (ICPES 12), Katie Boothroyd (IPVS 08), Andrea Browne-Phillips (ICPES 04), Kristen, Cambell (IPJ 03, EJI 04), Ryan Elizabeth Cinney (CSS 14), Collin Figley (CSF 12), Remley Johnson (ICPES 11), Colleen Maleski (IPJ 08), LeeAnna Matarazzo (IEIA 14), Eleanor O’Neil (IPJ 11), Haley Sisler (IBGA 07) and Robin Wilkins (ICPES 10).