In April the First Minister of Scotland and head of the Scottish Government, the Rt. Hon. Alex Salmond visited the Center’s Luce Hall in Princeton for our International Symposium on The Wealth and Well-being of Nations. This symposium brought together a distinguished group of economists, theologians, social scientists and scholars in the humanities from Princeton University, Columbia University, and five European universities in Germany, France, and the UK to discuss the relationship between economics and ethics in the classic work of Adam Smith and contemporary debates on human well-being. The First Minister then went on to Princeton University, where he delivered a public lecture to an appreciative audience of several hundred on the symposium theme. The lecture was held under the auspices of the university’s Program in Law and Public Affairs and its director, Professor Kim Lane Scheppele.
Writing to CTI’s Director, Mr. Salmond said,
“I’d like to thank everyone at the Center of Theological Inquiry and Princeton University’s Program in Law and Public Affairs, for inviting me to participate in the international symposium on the Wealth and Well-being of Nations. The opportunity to address such a large and sagacious audience in Princeton, following in John Witherspoon’s footsteps, and speaking about one of Scotland’s most revered figures, Adam Smith, was a rare privilege and one of the highlights of my visit to the US. Thank you for making it possible.”