The Atlas Economic Research Foundation selected the Initiative for Public Choice and Market Process (IPCMP) as a 2012 Templeton Freedom Award recipient. The IPCMP is one of 16 winners representing 10 countries around the world that will be recognized at a ceremony on October 3, 2012 in New York City.

According to Atlas, the IPCMP represents some of the best work from think tanks around its global network and demonstrates effective strategies for communicating and defending the message of free enterprise, individual liberty, and the morality of capitalism.

The IPCMP is one of two programs recognized in the Special Achievement by a University-based Center category. The other program is Duke University’s Center for the History of Political Economy. All winners will be awarded a $10,000 monetary gift and a travel grant to attend the Liberty Forum and Freedom Dinner event in October.

“Congratulations to Peter Calcagno and his students who have worked diligently on building the Initiative to a nationally distinctive program,” says Alan T. Shao, Dean of the School of Business at the College of Charleston. “The award is a testament to the quality and commitment of Dr. Calcagno’s work for his students and supporters of his program.”

Calcagno, director of the IPCMP and professor of economics in the School of Business, has led the mission and expansion of the IPCMP and its popular BB&T Speaker Series and Adam Smith Week since it began four years ago. Its mission is to advance the understanding of the economic, political, and moral foundations of a free market economy. The IPCMP supports the growth and development of teaching and research at the College of Charleston School of Business while engaging students and the greater Charleston business community.

The keynote speaker at the 2012 Atlas awards ceremony will be Virginia Postrel, a recent guest lecturer for the BB&T Free Market Process Speaker Series that is part of the IPCMP.
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