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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 undergraduate grade levels to apply.

Fall 2022

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.

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 2022 Reading Groups is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 26. If you are selected to participate, you will be contacted by Monday, August 29, with instructions for picking up your books during the second week of school. Please note that space is limited to 15 students per group.

Fall 2022 Reading Groups

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


Mondays: 9/19, 10/17, 11/14 (BS101)Led by Professor Steve Gohmann

Books We’re Reading/Discussing (with links for synopses):


Wednesdays: 9/21, 10/19, 11/16 (BS101)Led by Professors Daniel Bennett and Fabian Diaz

Books We’re Reading/Discussing (with links for synopses):


Application deadline is Friday, August 26 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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