Mancur Olson Scholars Reading Groups

Explore interesting texts and ideas with civil discourse.

Student Programs

Mancur Olson Scholars

The Mancur Olson Scholars program brings together diverse students to study an important topic of our time. By sharing their own views and hearing the perspectives of their peers, scholars experience the value of free expression and develop scholarly skills. 

Reading groups enhance the university experience by helping students explore important ideas, engage in civil discussion, and develop new skills. 

Scholars are invited to think critically and engage in robust discussion of ideas. Civil disagreement with one another and the text is not only accepted, but actively encouraged. All students who complete the reading group receive a scholarship. In addition, students are given opportunities to network with guest speakers and attend exclusive events. 

Learn more about the program.

Upcoming Reading Groups

Financial Revolutions: From Commodity Money to Cryptofinance
Fall 2022 Reading Group
Wednesdays 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Scholars will explore the evolution of finance from medieval lending standards to emerging trends in cryptocurrency. Students will discuss the future of money as they examine questions related to banking, personal finance, blockchain, and Bitcoin. Each participant will receive a $500 scholarship. 

Conscious Capitalism: An Oxymoron or Not?
Fall 2022 Reading Group
Tuesdays 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Scholars will explore historical challenges posed by capitalism and discuss whether conscientious companies have moved capitalism closer to its highest potential, fostering a more positive environment for everyone. Students will examine how capitalism can create value for all stakeholders. Each participant will receive a $500 scholarship.

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