Baylor Free Enterprise Forum Welcomes Leading Expert on Economics and Race

Glenn Loury, Ph.D., Brown University economist and expert on the social aspects of race, will be the featured speaker at the Free Enterprise Forum at Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business.
Oct. 1, 2021

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by Kate Nelson, student news writer, Baylor University Media and Public Relations

WACO, Texas (Oct. 1, 2021) – Glenn Loury, Ph.D., Brown University economist and expert on the social aspects of race, will be the featured speaker at the Free Enterprise Forum at Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business, hosted by the John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise on Tuesday, Oct. 5.  

Loury, a professor of economics and Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences at Brown University, has published more than 200 works focusing on racial inequality and social policy. Some of his works include the award-winning book “One by One, From the Inside Out: Essays and Reviews on Race and Responsibility in America” and the “Anatomy of Racial Inequality.” 

Loury's lecture, "Capitalism and Race," will focus on developments in race relations, including antiracism, the shift of focus from diversity to equity and inclusion and the role of markets in addressing racial bias.

“Race is obviously one of the most important and visible issues of our day,” said Peter Klein, Ph.D., professor in the department of entrepreneurship at Baylor. “It is commonly believed that profit-seeking behavior by entrepreneurs and firms ignores or even exacerbates racial disparities and that only collective action through government programs, social movements and education can alleviate racial conflict. It is important to think more carefully about how entrepreneurship and market competition affect vital societal issues such as race and identity.” 

In the past, the Free Enterprise Forum has hosted national and international leaders such as American Enterprise Institute president Arthur Brooks, Shakespearean scholar Paul Cantor and economist and journalist Tim Harford. 

“The Free Enterprise Forum is designed to expose Baylor students, faculty and staff as well as the broader Waco community to important ideas, issues and debates about the nature of the free enterprise system and its impact on society,” Klein said.   

The event, co-sponsored by the department of economics in the Hankamer School of Business, is free and open to the public. It will  begin at 5:30 p.m. Registration is required.  

ABOUT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY 

Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 20,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 90 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions. 

ABOUT HANKAMER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY 

At Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business, top-ranked programs combine rigorous classroom learning, hands-on experience in the real world, a solid foundation in Christian values and a global outlook. Making up approximately 25 percent of the University’s total enrollment, undergraduate students choose from 16 major areas of study. Graduate students choose from full-time, executive or online MBA or other specialized master’s programs, and Ph.D. programs in Information Systems, Entrepreneurship or Health Services Research. The Business School also has campuses located in Austin and Dallas, Texas. Visit baylor.edu/business for more information. 

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