Chapman University Religion and Economics Conference Draws Scholars from Far and Wide

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Chapman University today and tomorrow hosts what is billed as "a major international conference" on religion, economics and culture. Participants include Chapman's Nobel laureate in economics Vernon L. Smith and academics not only from the Orange campus and UC Irvine but Yale, Harvard, Notre Dame, Rice, Stanford, Baylor, Boston University, Scripps, George Mason, University of Iowa, University of Michigan, University of Colorado, University of Alabama, University of Richmond, USC, UC San Diego, Florida State, Penn State, Arizona State, Canada's Simon Fraser University, Spain's Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona and Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Scotland's Heriot-Watt University and England's Cambridge, Durham and Bristol universities. And more.

This actually marks the third international meeting of the Association for Religion, Economics and Culture (ASREC), which will be meeting in Chapman's Fish Interfaith Center. Topics of discussion include: consequences of the Catholic Church abuse scandal; the impact of religion on economic development; religious extremism and violence; how religion affects charitable giving; and experimental studies of religious belief and behavior.

Other participants from Chapman include: Laurence Iannacone, a professor of economics who serves as the ASREC president, Bart Wilson, Roman Sheremeta, Jared Rubin, Eric Shniter and Christopher Bader.

The conference is scheduled to commence at 10:15 a.m. with a welcome from Chapman President James Doti. Multiple sessions follow both days, with Friday's Keynote Session at 6 p.m. featuring a Q&A with Smith and three other distinguished scholars.

Registration of $50 for students and $150 for non-students was being charged--unless you have a current Chapman student, faculty or staff ID, in which case it's free. More details and directions: http://www.thearda.com/asrec/conference/program.asp.

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