Local Student Attends Acton Institute

Prestigious Conference Examines Religion and Liberty

HUNTINGTON, IN JUNE 3, 1996 --- Scott Hardaway of Fresno, California, attended the Acton Institute’s conference, "Toward a Free and Virtuous Society," in Northbend, Washington May 30 through June 2. Hardaway, a senior at Huntington College, was among only a handful of undergraduate students accepted for the intensive course of study.

A 1993 graduate of Clovis West High School, Scott is the son of Gary W. Hardaway of Fresno. He plans to earn a bachelor of arts degree in history from Huntington College in May, 1997.

The full cost of Hardaway’s attendance at the conference was paid by the Acton Institute, which also supplied him with a $75 book stipend. The Acton Institute is a non-profit, non-partisan, inter-faith educational foundation which aims to "promote discussion and research focusing on the moral and religious foundations to liberty, limited government, and free market economics." The Institute was founded in 1990 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The Acton Institute is named for John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton (1834-1902), who is called "the magistrate of history." Lord Acton regarded liberty as the essential condition and guardian of religion. He believed that liberty could not long exist without virtue, and that without liberty, no society could be virtuous.

Among its various programs, the Acton Institute seeks to enhance the training of future religious leaders. The Institute provides opportunities for intensive study in economic, social and political thought to seminarians, religious studies students, or others with a sincere interest in the relationship between religion and liberty. The Institute aims to enable these students to apply their theological training to solving the cultural problems of our culture.

Invitation to Institute-sponsored conferences is highly selective, and each participant must review extensive reading materials before the event.

Hardaway was nominated for the conference by Christina K. Smith, adjunct professor of history at Huntington College and an alumna of other Acton Institute conferences.

Huntington College was founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ. For nearly 100 years, Huntington College has offered high-quality academic programs "to equip men and women to impact our world for Christ." The four-year liberal arts college offers graduate and undergraduate programs in nearly 50 fields of study. Located on a contemporary, wooded campus in Huntington, Indiana, the College is among the fastest growing members of the Coalition for Christian Colleges and Universities.

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