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Center at Rockford College among those honored for study of entrepreneurship, individual liberty

Tuesday, October 27, 2009  
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For immediate release – 10/27/2009
Contact: Chuck Brown, Communications, 815-226-3374

The Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship (CEE) at Rockford College has received the 2009 Templeton Award for Excellence in Promoting Liberty for its contribution to public debate and inquiry on free enterprise and individual liberty, the college announced today.

Rockford College was given the award from the Atlas Economic Research Foundation for special achievement by a university-based center.  Winners were selected from more than 130 applications from 47 countries by an independent panel of judges. The 2009 awards grant a $10,000 prize to each winner, and two prizes are given in eight categories.

The 16 organizations recognized within the 2009 program represent four continents and 12 countries – Brazil, Chile, Egypt, India, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, the Republic of Georgia, Slovakia, South Africa, Sweden, and the United States.

Dr. Stephen Hicks, professor of philosophy and director of the CEE, said the award is significant because it is international in scope adding that “we are honored to be among this worldwide group of prestigious recipients.”  

The center was awarded the university-based prize for launching six courses focusing on the ethical infrastructure of entrepreneurship and the preconditions of the free society in ethics. A college in Chile was likewise recognized for conducting and disseminating high quality research on entrepreneurship and improving curricula and teaching methods.

Atlas will host a conference featuring the Templeton Freedom Award winners on November 9, 2009 at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington D.C. The conference is tied to Atlas’s Freedom Dinner, a gala celebration of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Winners of Templeton Freedom Awards will give presentations relating to “The Moral Imperative of Economic Freedom, and Innovations in Promoting Liberty.”

For nearly three decades, the Atlas Economic Research Foundation has been supporting independent think tanks that promote free markets, individual liberty, and rule of law. Atlas currently works with more than 250 think tanks in 90 countries. More than half of these organizations were assisted in their formative years by Atlas through financial support or advisory services.

The Templeton Freedom Awards program has distributed more than $1.25 million in prizes and grants and is made possible with funding from the John Templeton Foundation.
 
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