Adam Smith Week

Every spring semester we organize Adam Smith Week. Through a variety of events, Adam Smith Week is a way for the Center to create awareness and explore important topics in political economy, entrepreneurship, and the role of government. The weeklong event has a series of educational opportunities for students, faculty, and the community to engage in the discussion on Adam Smith and his economic philosophy.

Adam Smith is one of the most recognizable figures in economics, and his contributions to the fields of philosophy and economics are still relevant today. Smith explained that the wealth of nations was created through changes in the division of labor, the growth of firms and industries. Entrepreneurship was essential to the division of labor and, hence, to economic growth. 

Adam SmithWho is Adam Smith?
Adam Smith’s 1776 book, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, is one of the most important works in economics. As Smith endeavors to explain, the fundamental idea of the market's "invisible hand" is such that individuals' self-interest often promotes society's interests. Illustrating this concept is the following passage:

“It is not from the benevolence of the butcher the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest. We address ourselves, not to their humanity, but to their self-love, and never talk to them of our own necessities, but of their advantages.”


Adam Smith Week 2021
March 15-19, 2021

 

Our 13th Annual Adam Smith Week will be held virtually March 15-19, 2021. This year, the Center will be collaborating with multiple universities to bring together a variety of speakers. Click here to view the event schedule.

ASW speakers include: 

Bart Wilson

Bart Wilson
Donald P. Kennedy Endowed Chair in Economics and Law
Chapman University

Corey DeAngelis

Corey DeAngelis
Director of School Choice
Reason Foundation


Phil Magness

Phil Magness
Senior Research Fellow
American Institute for Economic Research

Virginia Postrel

Virginia Postrel
Columnist
Bloomberg Opinion


Claudia Williamson

Claudia Williamson
Scott L. Probasco, Jr. Distinguished Chair of Free Enterprise Director, Center for Economic Education & Professor of Economics
University of Tennessee Chattanooga

 Karol Boudreaux

Karol Boudreaux
Chief Program Officer
Landesa


Michael Munger

Michael Munger
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Director of PPE Program
Duke University

 Jonathan Haidt

Jonathan Haidt
Professor of Ethical Leadership
NYU Stern School of Business


Brian Hooks

Brian Hooks
Chairman & CEO
Stand Together
President

Charles Koch Foundation

 G. Keith Smith, MD

G. Keith Smith, MD
Board Certified Anesthesiologist & Founder
Surgery Center of Oklahoma


Edward Lopez

Edward Lopez
Professor of Economics & BB&T Distinguished Professor of Capitalism
Western Carolina University

 

 


Schedule

All times are Eastern Standard Time. Registration will be required to receive the link to each virtual event. Additional speakers may be added.

Date Time Registration Event Description Sponsoring Center
Monday, March 15 2:00 PM EST Register Now "Is Capitalism Sustainable? The Platform Economy: Problems for Policy"
Speaker: Michael Munger
Duke Philosophy, Politics, & Economics
4:00 PM EST Register Now "The Coddling of the American Mind: How three very bad ideas shape American education."
Speaker: Jonathan Haidt
University of Louisville Center for Free Enterprise
Tuesday, March 16 3:00 PM EST Register Now

"Believe in People: Bottom-Up Solutions for a Top-Down World"
Speaker: Brian Hooks

Center for Public Choice & Market ProcessCCU

7:00 PM EST Register Now "The Property Species"
Speaker: Bart Wilson
ASU Center for the Study of Economic Liberty
Wednesday, March 17 3:00 PM EST Register Now "COVID-19 Didn't Break the Public School System. It was Already Broken"
Panel Members: Corey DeAngelis, Phil Magness

AIER
Reason Foundation
Cato Institute

6:00 PM EST Register Now "The Fabric of Civilization"
Speaker: Virginia Postrel
Center for Public Choice & Market Process
Thursday, March 18 3:00 PM EST Register Now

"Free Market Medicine: A Working Model"
Speaker: G. Keith Smith, MD 

Center for Public Choice & Market Process
UKY Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise
5:30 PM EST Register Now "Culture, Capitalism, and Gender Equality"
Speaker: Claudia Williamson
MTSU Political Economy Research Institute
7:00 PM EST Register Now “Land Matters: Women, Developing Communities, and Innovation” 
Speaker: Karol Boudreaux
CU Institute for Economic Inquiry
Friday, March 19 11:00 AM EST Register Now “Adaptive-Imitation as Entrepreneurship”
Speaker: Edward Lopez

Western Carolina University

Center for Public Choice & Market Process