ACRE Reading Groups

ACRE reading groups consist of weekly meetings lead by UCA professors. A $500 scholarship will be awarded upon completion of the reading group. For questions about reading groups and the application process continuing reading, or contact Suzanne Massey at smassey@uca.edu.

Fall 2022 Reading Groups

 “The Role of Government in a Free Society”

Economics Reading Group

Dr. Collin Hodges & Dr. Thomas Snyder

The theme for the Fall 2022 ACRE Economics Reading Group is “The Role of Government in a Free Society.” Participants will read and discuss works by scholars such as Adam Smith, J.S. Mill, John Locke, and Karl Marx, as well as more contemporary works by Milton Friedman, Friedrich Hayek, Robert Nozick, and John Rawls. These works will allow students to examine what a variety of economists, political philosophers, and public policy experts have contributed to this topic.

Meeting Times

The economics reading group consists of ten (10) meetings, beginning September 6th, and a weekend summit where we will travel to Dallas to participate in a group summit with other universities that have completed the same readings.

Reading group meetings will take place on Monday evenings from 5-7 PM at the College of Business. You are expected to attend the entire meeting each week. Dinner will be provided as part of the program.

The travel dates for the Dallas summit are Friday, September 16th through Sunday, September 18th. Food and hotel accommodations will be covered by ACRE.

Scholarship

A $500 scholarship is awarded to students who completely participate in this program. Students who do not actively participate each week, are consistently tardy, or exceed the accepted number of absences will be ineligible for the scholarship.

Reading Group Application

There are a limited number of spots for the economics reading group. Thus, students are encouraged to apply well before the August 31st deadline using the form at the bottom of this page.

 

 “Landmark Supreme Court Cases”

 Philosophy & Law Reading Group

Dr. Jacob Held & Dr. Anthony McMullen

With its most recent decisions, most notably Dobbs and the reversal of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court has been put in the political spotlight. Yet, despite all the recent attention, the Supreme Court and its role in our republic is often misunderstood. Under its power of judicial review, the judicial system articulates, delineates, and protects fundamental, Constitutionally protected rights of individuals and businesses and shields them from the arbitrary and capricious use of governmental power. The Court‘s many judicial opinions provide insight into the role of the judiciary as a co-equal branch of our government and its critical role in protecting us from overreaches of governmental power and the tyranny of mob rule. Over the course of ten weeks, students in this reading group read major Supreme Court opinions covering topics such as economic freedom, federalism, equal protection, privacy, and intellectual property rights. Working through these decisions will help students develop an appreciation for the rule of law,  Constitutionalism, and the role the judicial branch plays in our government.

Meeting Times

The philosophy and law reading group consists of ten (10) weekly meetings beginning Wednesday, September 7th. Meetings will take place on Wednesday evenings from 5-7 PM in the College of Business. Dinner will be provided.

Scholarship

A $500 scholarship is awarded to students who fully participate in the program. Students who do not actively participate, are consistently tardy, or exceed the accepted number of absences will be ineligible for the scholarship.

Reading Group Application

There are a limited number of spots for the reading group. Thus, students are encouraged to apply well before the August 31st deadline using the form at the bottom of this page.


The application deadline for Fall 2022 reading groups has passed. Please check back in the Spring of 2023! 


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