This spring, the John H. Schnatter Center for Free Enterprise will sponsor two reading groups. Reading groups provide students with rewarding opportunities for academic enrichment, allowing them to extend intellectual inquiry beyond the classroom.  All books and meals are provided by the Schnatter Center.

Weeknight Reading Groups

Each group will read three books and discuss one book during each meeting.  Each group will meet at 6:00 p.m. for discussion, followed by dinner at a local restaurant.  All books and dinner expenses will be paid for by the Schnatter Center.

Group 1:  Mondays at 6:00 p.m.

  • economics-in-one-lessonFebruary 6 – Henry Hazlitt, Economics in One Lesson
  • myth-of-the-robber-baronsMarch 6 – Burton Folsom, The Myth of the Robber Barons
  • institutionsApril 17 – Douglas North, Institutions, Institutional Change and Economic Performance

Group 2:  Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m.

  • the-idealistFebruary 7 – Nina Munk, The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty
  • why-nations-failMarch 7 – Daron Acemoglu, James Robinson, Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty (first half of book)
  • why-nations-failApril 18 – Daron Acemoglu, James Robinson, Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty (second half of book)

All reading group participants are also expected to attend Schnatter Center guest speaker events.

Please indicate your preference for Group 1 or 2 on your application.

Schnatter Center Reading Group Application

  • Choose which reading group:

    Please indicate your preferred reading group with a "1." If your first choice is filled, please indicate whether you are available for the other group with a "2."
  • Terms

  • By applying for this reading group I am agreeing to the terms above and will be able to attend all reading group meetings and both lectures as outlined above. By participating I authorize the University of Louisville to photograph and record video and/or audio of my likeness, voice and performance without payment or other compensation, for possible use in educational materials, broadcasts, websites or social media. I hereby release all claims to such photographs and recordings, and waive any right that I may have to inspect or approve any such use.
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