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.

Arkansas Center for Research in Economics

Spring 2023 Economics Reading Group

 “Cities, Local Government, and Local Governance.”

Dr. Collin Hodges & Dr. Thomas Snyder

The theme for the Spring 2023 ACRE Economics Reading Group is “Cities, Local Government, and Local Governance.” Participants will read and discuss works by economists, political scientists, and urban scholars – such as Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom, Edward Glaeser, Jane Jacobs, Gordon Tullock, Anthony Downs, and Richard Florida – that examine the economics of cities. We’ll explore questions such as: Why are cities important? Why are some cities shrinking? Why are some cities growing rapidly? Is urban sprawl good or bad? What should local government do? What can the private, voluntary sector do that government normally does? Are many, small local governments better than one large one?

Meeting Times

The Economics Reading Group consists of ten (10) meetings and a weekend summit where we will travel to Dallas, Texas to gather with students and faculty from other universities who have completed the same readings. During this summit students will have the opportunity to attend a presentation by, and interact with, Harvard University Economist Edward Glaeser. 

Reading group meetings will take place on Monday evenings from 5PM to 7 PM in the College of Business. Students are expected to attend all ten meetings as well as the weekend summit in Dallas, Texas. The travel dates for the Dallas summit are Friday, March 24th through Sunday, March 26th. Food, travel, and hotel accommodations will be provided by ACRE.

Students who are unable to commit to attending all ten meetings and the weekend summit described above should not apply, as full program participation is both expected and required. 

Scholarship

A $500 scholarship is awarded to students who fully participate in the reading group program. Students who do not actively participate each week, are consistently tardy, or are absent without legitimate reason 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 deadline using the form at the bottom of this page.

The application deadline for the Spring 2023 Economics Reading Group is January 18th, 2023. 


Arkansas Center for Research in Economics

Spring 2023 Philosophy Reading Group

“Life, Liberty, and Dr. Seuss”

Dr. Jacob Held

Many of us grew up with the Lorax, the Sneetches, and Horton the Elephant. We may have even learned some lessons along the way: a person’s a person no matter how small, or there are no Sneetches who are best on the beaches. But Dr. Seuss can help us also better understand just war theory, private property, consumerism, and the value of free markets and liberal democracy. Join us as we read Yertle the Turtle and Thomas Hobbes and discuss the social contract and the rule of law, Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose and John Locke, and ponder property rights and eminent domain, as well as work by F.A. Hayek, Arthur Schopenhauer, Albert Camus and, of course, many Dr. Seuss classics.

Topics will include: John Rawls and distributive justice; Marxism, Alienation and Consumerism; Business Ethics, Milton Friedman, and the rights of stakeholders; authority, law, and civil disobedience; jus ad bellum, jus in bello, and the use of military force; egoism and the virtue of philanthropy; natural law and natural rights; suffering, the absurdity of life, and existentialism.

Dr. Held is Professor of Philosophy and Assistant Provost at UCA. He has published over 30 essays on philosophy and popular culture. His books include Dr. Seuss and Philosophy: Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! (2011) and More Dr. Seuss and Philosophy: Additional Hunches in Bunches (2018), as well as Wonder Woman and Philosophy: The Amazonian Mystique (2017), Stephen King and Philosophy (2016), and James Bond and Philosophy: Questions are Forever (2006, with James B. South).

Meeting Times

The Philosophy Reading Group consists of ten, weekly meetings beginning January 24th. Reading group meetings will take place on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM in the College of Business. Students are expected to attend all ten meetings.

Scholarship

A $500 scholarship is awarded to students who fully participate in the reading group program. Students who do not actively participate each week, are consistently tardy, or are absent without legitimate reason will be ineligible for the scholarship.

Reading Group Application

The Application Deadline for the Spring 2023 Philosophy Reading Group is January 18th, 2023

 


The 2023 Spring ACRE Reading Group application window is now closed. Please check back in the Fall of 2023!


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