Application

To apply for a spring reading group, please fill out an online application using the link below. 

Spring 2021 MOS Application

Deadline for early decision: November 24, 2020. Applications accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. 

Application Process

  • Interested students should fill out the online application. Students may apply for more than one reading group with the same application.
  • After completing the online application, students will be contacted to schedule an interview with our program director and discussion leaders.
  • Students will be notified via email if they have been selected to participate in a reading group.

Application Timeline

  • Online applications will be accepted for early decision Oct.15 - Nov. 24.
  • All students who submitted applications for early decision will be interviewed via Zoom Dec. 1-4. 
  • Scholars accepted for early decision will be notified via email Dec. 7-11.
  • After Nov. 24, all applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • Applications will continue to be accepted during the winter break, until all reading group spots are full. 

Students may apply for multiple reading groups. Please use the above link for all applications. If you are interested in more than one reading group, please indicate your interest on the application. You do not need to submit multiple applications. If you have any questions, please email ndsu.pcpe@ndsu.edu 

A Conflict of Visions: Engaging Political Disagreement

This spring 2021 Mancur Olson Reading Group, titled A Conflict of Visions: Engaging Political Disagreement, is open to all NDSU undergraduate students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. At the end of the program, each participant will receive a $500 scholarship.

Led by Dr. Ray March, scholars will engage opposing political views as we examine why we disagree and how to disagree better. "The purpose of argument should not be victory, but progress." - Joseph Joubert. 

Meetings: Thursdays from 3:00- 4:00 p.m.

Note: Students will be able to attend reading group meetings virtually on Zoom or in-person at Barry Hall.

Reading texts:

  • The Three Languages of Politics by Arnold Kling
  • A Conflict of Visions by Thomas Sowell
  • Selected readings and videos by John Stuart Mill, Jonathan Haidt, Arthur Brooks, Jason Brennan, F.A. Hayek, Richard Wolff, Ayn Rand, James Buchanan and more

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Dystopian and Utopian Novels

This spring 2021 Mancur Olson Reading Group, titled Dystopian and Utopian Novels, is open to all NDSU undergraduates with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. At the end of the program, each participant will receive a $500 scholarship.

Led by Dr. Ryan Yonk, scholars will explore dystopian and utopian societies through the lens of popular novels. We will examine how literature reveals our human desires and fears as we seek to better understand what leads humanity to flourish (utopia) and suffer (dystopian).

Meetings: Wednesdays from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Note: Students will be able to attend reading group meetings virtually on Zoom or in-person at Barry Hall.

Reading texts:

  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
  • Utopia by Thomas More
  • Island by Aldous Huxley

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