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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 2021

This fall we are happy to host two groups of up to 15 students each. Each group will meet three times during the semester (see schedules below) for discussion, followed by dinner. All books and meals are provided at no charge by the Center for Free Enterprise. At this time, our groups will meet in person, observing the University’s masking protocol.

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 Fall 2021 Reading Groups is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 27. If you are selected to participate, you will be contacted by Monday, August 30 with instructions for picking up your books that week. Please note that space is limited to 15 students per group.

Fall 2021 Reading Groups

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

Group 1

Mondays: 9/20, 10/18, 11/8 (IN PERSON, BS222)
Led by Professor Steve Gohmann/Professor Fabian Diaz

The Forgotten Man, Amity Shlaes
The Road to Serfdom (abridged), Friedrich Hayek
Readings on The Great Depression:
Great Myths of the Great Depression, Lawrence W. Reed
Regime Uncertainty, Robert Higgs

Group 2

Tuesdays: 9/28, 10/19, 11/16 (IN PERSON, BS131)
Led by Professor Conor Lennon

Money: The True Story of a Made-up Thing, Jacob Goldstein
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, Michael Lewis
The Deficit Myth, Stephanie Kelton

The application deadline is August 27 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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