Grove City College will host the 14th annual Austrian Student Scholars Conference Feb. 16 and 17 on campus.

Open to undergraduates and graduate students in any academic discipline, the conference brings together students from across the country and around the world to present their own research papers written in the tradition of great Austrian School intellectuals such as Ludwig von Mises, F.A. Hayek, Murray Rothbard and Hans Sennholz, a champion of the school who taught economics at Grove City College for more than three decades.

Keynote lectures will be delivered by:

  • Dr. Guido Hülsmann – Senior fellow of the Mises Institute and author of “Mises: The Last Knight of Liberalism” and “The Ethics of Money Production.” He teaches at Université d'Angers, France.
  • G.P. Manish – Associate professor of economics and a member of the Manuel H. Johnson Center of Political Economy at Troy (Ala.) University and the recipient of several Mises Institute prizes in political economy.

It’s fitting that the conference is held annually at Grove City College, which is known as the world’s leading undergraduate institution for the study of Austrian School economics. The tradition dates back to 1956, when Sennholz, a young protégé of Mises, the dean of Austrian School economists, was hired to head the economics department. Thousands of students were introduced to the Austrian School by Sennholz.

Since 1978, the College has been the permanent home of Mises’ papers and the 20,000-page archive has been the source of four books of his previously unpublished manuscripts.

Accepted papers will be presented in a regular conference format to an audience of students and faculty. Cash prizes of $1,500, $1,000 and $500 will be awarded for the top three papers, respectively, as judged by a select panel of Grove City College faculty. Students should submit their proposals to present a paper to Dr. Jeffrey Herbener Dr. Jeffrey Herbener, chair of the College’s Department of Economics and Sociology and director of the conference at jmherbener@gcc.edu by Jan. 15. To be eligible for the cash prizes, finished papers should be submitted to the director by Feb. 1.

Hotel accommodation will be provided to students who travel to the conference and limited stipends are available to cover travel expenses. For more about the Austrian Student Scholars Conference, visit: www.austrianstudentconference.com.

For more about the Department of Economics and Sociology at Grove City College, visit www.gcc.edu/econ.