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Reading Groups

Each semester, the Center for Free Enterprise sponsors student reading groups. These groups are great opportunities for students who enjoy reading and exchanging ideas with their peers, and offer added academic enrichment and intellectual inquiry beyond the classroom. We encourage all majors and grade levels to apply.

Fall 2020

This fall we are happy to accommodate even more students by offering three groups. Each group will focus on a different theme and will meet three times during the semester (see schedules below) to discuss their books. Dinner will be provided for the in-person groups. Thanks to a generous grant from the Institute for Humane Studies, we are also able to offer a scholarship to each student who completes participation requirements. Full details are available on the APPLICATION. Deadline to apply is noon on Monday, August 24.

Fall 2020 Reading Groups

All groups meet from 5:30-7:00 pm on the dates listed below.

Group #1–Health Care

Led by Professor Conor Lennon, Rm. 131
Mondays, Tuesdays (half of the group will meet Mondays, half on Tuesdays)
9/21, 22; 10/19, 20; 11/16, 17

The Pox of Liberty: How the Constitution Left Americans Rich, Free, and Prone to Infection, Werner Troesken
Ensuring America’s Health: The Public Creation of the Corporate Health Care System, Christy Ford Chapin
The Price We Pay: What Broke American Health Care and How to Fix It, Marty Makary, MD    

Group #2–Innovation

Led by Professor Steve Gohmann, Rm. 131
Wednesdays: 9/23, 10/21, 11/18

The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail, Clayton Christensen
How Innovation Works and Why it Flourishes in Freedom, Matt Ridley

Group #3–Entrepreneurship

Led by Professor Daniel Bennett, virtually via Zoom
Thursdays: 9/24, 10/22, 11/12

Burn the Business Plan, Carl Schramm
Evolve or Die: Lessons for World-Class Innovation & Creativity, Thomas Triumph
Bureaucrats or Markets in Innovation Policy, Christian Sandstrom, Karl Wennberg, Nils Karlson

Application deadline is Monday, August 24 at noon.

Past books have included:

  • The Bottom Billion, Paul Collier
  • Poor Economics, Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo
  • Open Borders, Bryan Caplan, Zach Weinersmith    
  • Honorable Business: A Framework for Business in a Just and Humane Society, James Otteson
  • Who Owns the Ice House?, Clifton Taulbert
  • Man’s Search for Meaning, Victor Frankl
  • The Evolution of Everything, Matt Ridley
  • Average is Over, Tyler Cowen
  • Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future, Martin Ford
  • Who Gets What and Why, Alvin E. Roth
  • What Money Can’t Buy, Michael Sandel
  • Radical Markets, Eric A. Posner and E. Glen Weyl
  • The Complacent Class, Tyler Cowen
  • The Fatal Conceit, F.A. Hayek

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