The Concordia Free Enterprise Center welcomes James R. Otteson as the inaugural presenter of its new Free Enterprise Speaker Series.

Otteson is a Wall Street Journal-reviewed author, philosopher, and political economist. He is the John T. Ryan Jr. Professor of Business Ethics and Rex and Alice E. Martin Faculty Director of the Notre Dame Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership in the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. He received his BA from the University of Notre Dame and his PhD in philosophy from the University of Chicago. He specializes in business ethics, political economy, the history of economic thought, and eighteenth-century moral philosophy.

His books include Adam Smith’s Marketplace of Life (Cambridge, 2002), Actual Ethics (Cambridge, 2006), Adam Smith (Bloomsbury, 2013), The End of Socialism (Cambridge, 2014), The Essential Adam Smith (Fraser Institute, 2018), Honorable Business (Oxford, 2019), and The Essential David Hume (Fraser Institute, 2021). His most recent book, Seven Deadly Economic Sins (Cambridge, forthcoming in 2021), was reviewed in the Wall Street Journal. His next book is The Ethics of Wealth Redistribution (with Steven McMullen; Routledge, forthcoming in 2022).


This event is open to Concordia students, faculty, staff, and friends, as well as members of the business community.


This event is free, but registration is requested for guests outside of Concordia.

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Housed in CUW's Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center building, the Concordia Center for Free Enterprise (CCFE) exists to promote the ideals of a free and virtuous society, drawing upon four distinct pillars of work: Research, Education, Application, and Public Policy.

Over the summer, Concordia's Batterman School of Business announced Scott Niederjohn, a nationally recognized economist and scholar, as the director of the CCFE.

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