Ashbrook Colloquium to Address ‘Political Economy and the Free and Virtuous Society’

1/31/17 ASHLAND, Ohio – The Rev. Robert A. Sirico, president of the Acton Institute, will speak on the topic of “Political Economy and the Free and Virtuous Society” at an Ashbrook Center Colloquium on Friday, Feb. 10, at 3 p.m. in the Ashbrook Center, located on the eighth floor of the Library on the Ashland University campus.

The colloquium is free and open to the public. For more information, call 419.289.5430 or

In a summary of his upcoming discussion, Sirico said the question of the human person is of central, indeed, foundational importance for political economy. “In our modern age, politics and economics have increasingly been either conflated and confused or separated and segregated. At the same time, these disciplines have worked with models of the human person that are superficial at best and deeply distorted, at worst. Bringing together politics and economics along the lines of the older model of political economy, with a comprehensive and nuanced view of humanity, with all its foibles and flaws as well as its virtues and dignity, is the only way forward today.”

Sirico received his Master of Divinity degree from the Catholic University of America following undergraduate study at the University of Southern California and the University of London. During his studies and early ministry, he experienced a growing concern over the lack of training religious studies students receive in fundamental economic principles, leaving them poorly equipped to understand and address today's social problems. As a result of these concerns, he co-founded the Acton Institute with Kris Alan Mauren in 1990.

As president of the Acton Institute, Sirico lectures at colleges, universities and business organizations throughout the U.S. and abroad. His writings on religious, political, economic and social matters are published in a variety of journals, including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, the London Financial Times, Washington Times, Detroit News, and National Review.

Sirico is often called upon by members of the broadcast media for statements regarding economics, civil rights and issues of religious concern, and has provided commentary for CNN, ABC, the BBC, NPR, and CBS’ 60 Minutes, among others. Fr. Sirico holds dual Italian and American citizenship.

The Ashbrook Center, located on the campus of Ashland University, seeks to restore and strengthen the capacities of the American people for constitutional self-government. Through undergraduate, graduate and civic programs, the Ashbrook Center aspires to be the leading national educator in the enduring principles and practice of free government in the United States.