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McLane Teammates Reading Program


Freedom and Human Flourishing: Poverty, Prosperity and Quality of Life around the World

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The theme for the fall 2021 program was Freedom and Human Flourishing: Poverty, Prosperity and Quality of Life around the World. Participants discussed questions that examine the role of personal freedom, markets, and culture in promoting human flourishing.

More specifically, participants engaged in scholarly arguments regarding the measurement and comparative analysis of poverty and prosperity, perspectives on changes in quality of life worldwide, the role of markets and governments more generally in combating poverty, changes in global inequality over time, and the relationship between freedom and happiness. 

Participants also attended a summit hosted at Southern Methodist University (SMU) with participants from the programs at SMU, Baylor University, University of Central Arkansas, and Angelo State University. The summit featured formal remarks from James Otteson, John T. Ryan Jr. Professor of Business Ethics and Rex and Alice A. Martin Faculty Director of the Notre Dame/Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership at the University of Notre Dame. Participants engaged in interactive discussion groups on issues related to the program theme of the relationship between freedom and human flourishing.

The schedule of readings and topics of discussion for the fall 2021 program can be found at the following link:

McLane Teammates Reading Program - Fall 2021 Reading List

Please contact the Free Market Institute with any questions by email at free.market@ttu.edu or by phone at 806.742.7138.

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More general information about the program and application process can be found on the McLane Teammates Reading Program page.