Going the whole hog to regenerate Kirkcaldy

The committee of the new Adam Smith Foundation on the steps of the Old Kirk where he was baptised
The committee of the new Adam Smith Foundation on the steps of the Old Kirk where he was baptised
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the launch of the Adam Smith Global Foundation will be celebrated with an 18th century inspired five-course dinner complete with a hog roast.

Guests at the gala event at Adam Smith College will have the chance to savour culinary delights resurrected from the days when huge, opulent dinners were a common occurrence.

And the food will be complemented by music, dance and song, inspired by the same historical period when Adam Smith, whose life and works the Foundation has been set up to recognise, was living in his home town and writing his most famous internationally-acclaimed work ‘The Wealth of Nations.’

The dinner is set to become an annual event for the Foundation, which as well as hosting regular events commemorating Kirkcaldy’s famous son, aims to benefit the town and its wider communities through regeneration initiatives.

Its charitable status will also allow it to attract funding to help promote sport, the arts, music, heritage and international development.

And as well as having an evening of fun, those attending the dinner will hear an address on the significance of the Scottish Enlightenment.

Lectures

The dinner will follow on from the Adam Smith Colloqium which will see a series of lectures and discussions on the contribution Smith has made to the world, and it will be followed next Wednesday by the annual Adam Smith Lecture.

Academics from across the UK, USA, Europe and Latin America will take part in the colloquium in the town’s Old Kirk, with debate on Smith’s life in the town, his influence abroad over the centuries, as well as efforts underway across the country to commemorate his legacy.

A host of Smith afficionados will speak, including organiser of the academic symposium, Fonna Forman, associate professor of political science at the University of California and editor of the Adam Smith Review; Nobel Prize in economics recipient, Vernon L Smith; Gavin Kennedy, emeritius professor at Heriot Watt University; Iain McLean, professor of politics at Oxford University and local historian and Adam Smith Global Foundation Trustee, George Proudfoot.

Enterprise

Marilyn Livingstone, a trustee of the Foundation, who has been instrumental in getting it up and running, said: “We want to harness the spirit of enterprise Adam Smith was able to demonstrate all those years ago by bringing public, private and philanthropic principles together, for the benefit of all.

“It’s not simply an idea we are working on. It has already gone beyond the drawing board with a few projects already in the pipeline.

“Prevention of poverty is one of the key platforms of the Foundation and we are concentrating on the areas of education, the arts, sport, heritage, culture, science and music to deliver opportunities we believe will bring real and lasting benefits to the community.

“We have had a wonderful reaction to our plans so far and we are extremely grateful to all who have helped us get the Foundation to this point. We are still in the early stages but look forward to reporting our progress over the coming weeks and months.”