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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 2023

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.

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 2023 Reading Groups is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 13. If you are selected to participate, you will be contacted by Tuesday, January 17, with instructions for picking up your books during the second week of school. Please note that space is limited to 15 students per group.

Spring 2023 Reading Group Options

Both groups meet from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the College of Business, BS 131

Group 1 – Meets on Tuesdays: February 7, March 7, April 11
Led by Professor Steve Gohmann

Group 2 – Meets on Wednesdays: February 8, March 8, April 12
Led by Professors Daniel Bennett and Fabian Diaz

Both groups will read the following books:
Ten Global Trends Every Smart Person Should KnowRonald Bailey, Marian Tupy
Artificial Intelligence Safety and Security, (Part I, through page 166)Roman V. Yampolskiy
Human Compatible: Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of ControlStuart Russell

Deadline: Friday, 1/13, 5:00 p.m.

Past books have included:

  • 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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