I’m at Catholic University this morning for the 2019 Novak Symposium at the Busch School of Business:

This event is an annual conference promoting discussion of issues that theologian Michael Novak opened up for further study, particularly his work on democratic capitalism and Catholic social teaching. This year’s symposium will address the theme of socialism and the future of political and economic liberty. When the Iron Curtain fell at the end of the 20th century, by all accounts capitalism and democracy had won out over socialism and totalitarianism. But where do we stand now? Is socialism making a viable comeback with figures like Bernie Saunders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? What about the situation in Venezuela?

8:00 a.m. Mass 
8:30 a.m. Registration and breakfast 
9:15 a.m. Welcome
9:30 a.m. Mary Eberstadt, author and senior research fellow, Faith & Reason Institute
10:30 a.m. Peter Boettke, professor of economics and philosophy, George Mason University
11:30 a.m. George Gilder, founder, Discovery Institute
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Faculty panel
2:00 – 4:30 p.m. Free time/Social Justice Lab Hackathon
5:15 p.m. Reception

I was here last February for “A Legacy of Faith and Reason: Honoring Michael Novak,” and this year am especially looking forward to George Gilder. They’re streaming the symposium: