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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.

Spring 2021

This spring we are happy to host three groups of up to 15 students each. Each group will read 2-3 books and will meet three times during the semester (see schedules below) for discussion, followed by individually packaged dinners to go. All books and meals are provided at no charge by the Center for Free Enterprise. At this time, two groups (Monday and Wednesday) will meet in person, observing University physical distancing protocol. A third group will meet virtually on Thursdays.

We are pleased to offer a $200 scholarship to each student who completes participation requirements. Full details are available on the APPLICATION.

The deadline to apply for Spring 2021 Reading Groups is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 15. If you are selected to participate, you will be contacted by Monday, January 18, with instructions for picking up your books that week. Please note space is limited to 15 students per group.

Spring 2021 Reading Groups

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

Group #1

Led by Professor Steve Gohmann
Mondays: 2/1, 3/1, 4/5 (IN PERSON, BS131)

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Alexander Solzhenitsyn
The Probability Broach, L. Neil Smith
Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Robert Heinlein    

Group #2

Led by Professor Conor Lennon
Wednesdays: 2/3, 3/10, 4/7 (IN PERSON, BS131)

The Worldly Philosophers, Robert Heilbroner
What Money Can’t Buy, Michael J. Sandel

Group #3

Led by Professor Daniel Bennett
Thursdays: 2/4, 3/11, 4/8 (VIRTUAL via ZOOM)

Leave Me Alone and I’ll Make You Rich, Deirdre McCloskey
Big Business: A Love Letter to an American Anti-Hero, Tyler Cowen
Believe in People: Bottom-Up Solutions for a Top-Down World, Charles Koch, Brian Hooks

Application deadline is January 15 at 5:00 p.m.

Past books have included:

  • The Price We Pay: What Broke American Health Care and How to Fix it, Marty Makary, MD
  • How Innovation Works and Why it Flourishes in Freedom, Matt Ridley
  • Burn the Business Plan, Carl Schramm
  • 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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