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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 2023

The Center for Free Enterprise is hosting two reading groups during the fall 2023 semester. We encourage all majors at the undergraduate level to apply. Each group will read two books and will meet in person three times during the semester 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 meets participation requirements. See scholarship details and participation requirements on the APPLICATION.

What we’ll be reading:

Why It’s OK to Want to be RichJason Brennan

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man (pages 1-155), John Perkins

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man (pages 159-309), John Perkins

DON’T DELAY – Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 25. If you are chosen to participate, you will be contacted by Monday, August 28, with instructions for picking up your books that week. Please note that space is limited to 15 students per group.


Past books have included:

  • Ten Global Trends Every Smart Person Should Know, Ronald Bailey, Marian Tupy
  • Artificial Intelligence Safety and Security, (Part I, through page 166)Roman V. Yampolskiy
  • Human Compatible: Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Control, Stuart Russell
  • It’s Not About the Coffee: Lessons on Putting People First from a Life at Starbucks, Howard Behar
  • The Invisible Hook: The Hidden Economics of Pirates, Peter Leeson
  • The Myth of the Robber Barons: A New Look at the Rise of Big Business in America, Burton Folsom, Forrest McDonald
  • Phishing for Phools, George Akerlof, Robert Shiller
  • 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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