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 2020
March 2-6, 2020

Our 12th Annual Adam Smith Week will be held March 2-6, 2020. This year's theme will be Women in Economics. Click here to view the event schedule.

We're pleased to announce this year's ASW speakers: 

Emily Chamlee-Wright

Emily Chamlee-Wright
President & CEO
Institute for Humane Studies

Cathleen Johnson

Cate Johnson
University of West Virginia

Jayme Lemke

Jayme Lemke
Senior Research Fellow & Associate Director of Academic and Student Programs
Mercatus Center at George Mason University

Maria Pia Pagenelli

Maria Pia Paganelli
Professor of Economics
Trinity University

Amy Willis

Amy Willis
Senior Fellow and Director of Econlib and AdamSmithWorks
Liberty Fund

Beatriz Maldonado, Ph.D.

Beatriz Maldonado
Associate Professor of Economics
College of Charleston


Date Time Location Event Description
Monday, March 2 3:00pm Tate Center Room 202
5 Liberty Street
"Economics is FUN-damental: Opening Your Eyes to the Economic Way of Thinking"
Speaker: Amy Willis
6:00pm Wells Fargo Auditorium
5 Liberty Street
"Learning About Freedom from the History of Women's Economics Rights"
Speaker: Jayme Lemke
Tuesday, March 3 1:45pm Wells Fargo Auditorium
5 Liberty Street
Panel Discussion - "Women in Economics"
Panelist: Jayme Lemke, Maria Paganelli, Amy Willis, and Beatriz Maldonado
6:00pm Tate Center Room 202
5 Liberty Street
"Adam Smith and the Virtue of Punctuality"
Speaker: Maria Paganelli
Wednesday, March 4 3:00pm Tate Center Room 202
5 Liberty Street
"Variations on the Prisoners' Dilemma Game"
Speaker: Cate Johnson
5:00pm Wells Fargo Auditorium
5 Liberty Street
"Self-Censorship and the Associational Life in the Liberal Academy"
Speaker: Emily Chamlee-Wright
Thursday, March 5 6:00pm Wells Fargo Auditorium
5 Liberty Street
"Jamestown and the Introduction of Property Rights"
Speaker: Cate Johnson
Friday, March 6 12:15pm Beatty Center Room 301
5 Liberty Street
"Why be an ECON major?"
Speaker: Economics Department Faculty