Future Leaders Institute
A Summer Camp for Ambitious High-School Students
Dates for 2014 Institute: July 14–19, 2014
Schedule: Tentative schedule now available here!
Cost: $800. We are committed to ensuring that every New Hampshire student who wants to participate in this program can do so regardless of financial need. Please see the application for more on financial assistance.
Registration for summer 2014 is now closed.
2014 Program: Money, Greed, Corruption
We tend to have mixed feelings about money. Ayn Rand once described money as the "root of all good." Karl Marx (following 1Timothy 6:10 and a host of ancient thinkers) thought money was closer to the "root of all evil." Money provides a near universal common denominator that allows people on opposite sides of the world to exchange things of value with great efficiency. Money drives so much in our lives and it motivates us, for better or for worse, to do things we wouldn't otherwise do. Money can eclipse other values. Politicians are corrupted by love of money; business leaders make selfish decisions to raise profits—and boost their own bank accounts; even religious leaders fall victim to greed. For some, money is the most valuable possession of all. Money can fuel greed and corruption as moral beliefs give way to the view that all is fair in moneymaking. How often do we hear that it is "just business" when people treat each other as means to the end of profit? So, how can one live a good life and be a good citizen in such a money-hungry world?
This week-long residential summer camp will study the relationship between money, greed, and corruption in ancient and modern life. Facilitated by award-winning UNH professors Scott Smith (Classics) and Nick Smith (Philosophy), participants will spend their days discussing and debating classic and contemporary views of wealth, power, and corruption. We will mix highly interactive in-class work with evening films and discussions, as well as excellent food and outdoor activities on the beautiful UNH campus.
Costs include all room, board, and materials.
Inside Job, Too Big to Fail, The Corporation, The Wolf of Wall Street, Atlas Shrugged, Wall Street, Roger and Me
Ayn Rand, Milton Friedman, Aristotle, Plato, Seneca, Karl Marx, Georg Simmel, Christine Lagarde (IMF leader)