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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.

Spring 2022

This spring 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 Spring 2022 Reading Groups is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 14. If you are selected to participate, you will be contacted by Monday, January 17 with instructions for picking up your books during the first week of school. Please note that space is limited to 15 students per group.

Spring 2022 Reading Groups

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

Group 1

Mondays: 2/7, 3/7, 3/28
Led by Professors Steve Gohmann and Fabian Diaz

February 7The Essential Hayek, Donald Boudreaux; The Essential Adam Smith, James Otteson

March 7The Essential Milton Friedman, Steven E. Landsburg; The Essential James Buchanan, Donald J. Boudreaux, Randall G. Holcombe  

March 28The Essential Ronald Coase, L. Lynne Kiesling; The Essential UCLA School of Economics, David R. Henderson, Steven Globerman

Group 2

Tuesdays: 2/8, 3/8, 3/29
Led by Professors Daniel Bennett and Conor Lennon

February 8From Mao to Market, Andrew Wedeman

March 8Entrepreneurship in China: The Emergence of the Private Sector, Andrew Atherton, Alex Newman

March 29 Capitalism Without Democracy, Kellee Tsai


Application deadline is Friday, January 14 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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