BB&T Program on Capitalism

In conjunction with Wingate University, the Jesse Helms Center is pleased to present the BB&T Program on the Moral Foundations of Free Enterprise. Made possible by a grant from the BB&T Corporation, the Center offers lectures at Wingate University for students and the general public on free enterprise and economics-based topics. Policy experts and academic faculty share presentations each semester.

Our Spring 2016 speaker is Emily Ekins, a research fellow at the Cato Institute is presenting “Are Millennials America’s Socialist Generation?” Her research focuses primarily on American politics, public opinion, political psychology and social movement, with an emphasis in survey and quantitative methods. She studies how values, experiences and self-interest shape public opinion toward government. She has discussed her research on Fox News and Fox Business and her research has appeared in the Washington Post, Politico, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Times.

Past speakers include:

Dr. James Otteson, Executive Director of the BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism
“Adam Smith on Justice and Social Justice” – Fall 2015

Adam Smith, Director of the Center for Free Market Studies at Johnson & Wales
“Regulation Nation: A Fresh Perspective of How Special Interest Groups Influence Politics” – Spring 2015

Dawn Fotopulos, Associate Professor, The Kings College
“The Future of Small Business for Tomorrow’s Graduates” – Fall 2014

Dr. Kim Holmes, former Assistant Secretary of State
“Rebound – Getting America Back to Great” – Spring 2014

Ben Freeth, Zimbabwe farmer and Human Rights Activist
Mugabe and the White Africa – Fall 2013

J. Scott Moody, CEO of The Maine Heritage Policy Center
“The REAL Fiscal Cliff” – Spring 2013

Dr. Peter Calcagno, College of Charleston
“The National Debt Crisis: Does it Depend on Politics” – Fall 2012

Dr. Tyler Cowen, George Mason University
“The Great Stagnation” – Spring 2012

Dr. Robert Lawson, Southern Methodist University
“Economic Freedom and the Wealth and Health of Nations” – Fall 2011

Dr. Dan Hammond, Wake Forest University
“Milton Friedman and the Federal Reserve: Then and Now” – Spring 2011

John Hawkins, President of Leadership Edge, Inc.
“Ethical Leadership: Why Doing the Right Thing is Not Enough” – Fall

Dr. Paul Bonicelli, Houston Baptist University
“Democracy is Development: Why Free Societies and Free Markets are
the Keys to Sustainable Economic Growth” – Spring 2010

Stephen Moore, Wall Street Journal
“Regaining Prosperity” – Fall 2009

Inaugural Lecture as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series
John Allison, BB&T Corporation
“Principled Leadership” – Spring 2009

For more information about the BB&T Program on the Moral Foundations of Free Enterprise on the campus of Wingate University (including the BB&T Fellows Program and the Foundations of Free Enterprise Course taught at the school) please contact Peter Frank at Wingate University via e-mail: