A Vibrant Discussion of Capitalism Versus Socialism

9.22.2010 Capitalism, News Release, School News

WINSTON-SALEM, NC- The BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism will host a panel discussion on capitalism versus socialism following the 7:30 p.m. performance of "Smash" on Friday, Sept. 24 in the MainStage Theatre of the Scales Fine Arts Center at Wake Forest University.

The discussion will explore questions raised in the play: How do capitalism and socialism each strive to achieve the common good? What are the core values of each? How can we understand these two competing approaches (especially in our partisan, polarized culture)? In practice, can either capitalism or socialism exist in its pure form? Can we successfully anticipate the unknowns? How can we find our way to “the best” common good?

Join the conversation as “Smash” playwright Jeffrey Hatcher, Schools of Business Professor of Strategy Pat Dickson, Professor of Economics Allin Cottrell and Professor of Sociology Ian Taplin lead us through this timely and often misunderstood hot-button topic.

Friday, September 24, 2010
Time: 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Location: MainStage Theatre, Scales
Admission: $12-Adults, $10-Senior Citizen, $5-Students
Description: SMASH is Jeffrey Hatcher's stage adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's comic novel, "An Unsocial Socialist."
It is a story about a young man with a dreadful moral dilemma. He is a newly-wed and filthy rich, with everything life could possibly offer. So what's his problem? He's a socialist. Naturally he has no choice but to throw it all away and join the working classes. To fulfill his naive and misguided attempt to subvert the British government, he goes to an Edwardian boarding school for young ladies disguised as a handyman. When his divorced wife, turned captitalist returns, the fun begins!