Tuesday, September 18, 2007

October Meeting of the Bastiat Society

"Merging Business and Personal Values: The Story of the Goodrich Family of Indiana"

Dane Starbuck, author of the official biography of James and Pierre Goodrich, will be the speaker at the October meeting of the Bastiat Society.

James Goodrich (father) and Pierre Goodrich (son) built a successful business dynasty in Indiana during the first half of the 20th century. Pierre then used the family fortune to build a legacy of education and philanthropy, including the unique accomplishment of establishing the Liberty Fund , Inc. of Indianapolis, a non-profit educational foundation that promotes the study of a society of free and responsible individuals.

Every year, Liberty Fund sponsors hundreds of conferences around the world for professionals and academics. It also publishes an extensive list of classic texts on social theory.

Dane Starbuck is an attorney in private practice and member of the Board of Directors of Liberty Fund, Inc. His quest for knowledge has taken him from Huntington College (B.A. in English, magna cum laude) to Indiana University (M.A. in English Literature) to the University of Melbourne in Australia (M.A. in English Literature and Language with Honors) to Oxford University in England (B.A. and M.A. in Jurisprudence) to Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.).

He says of his presentation, "in today's world we have compartmentalized our lives to such a degree that most people, especially business people, aren't aware of their multiple personas and conflicting values. It is why business people often don't realize that their behavior and decisions are frequently at odds with the type of world they would like to live in.

...the Goodrich family didn't have this conflict, at least to the degree that modern businessmen do, because they viewed business, community, freedom and personal responsibility differently from how these aspects are viewed today."

DATE: Wednesday, October 3

LOCATION: Imaging Arts Gallery, 175 King Street, Charleston, SC

TIME: 5 pm reception, 6 pm speaker

RSVP: Stephanie Whitener

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