Texas Tech University

McLane Teammates Reading Program

Economics and Social Issues:
Markets and the Marginalized

| Fall 2017 | Spring 2017 | Fall 2016 |
| Spring 2016Fall 2015 | Spring 2015 |

The Free Market Institute (FMI) will continue the McLane Teammates Reading Program during the fall 2017 semester. The program will again complement similar programs operated concurrently at the O'Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom at Southern Methodist University (SMU), and the Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship & Free Enterprise at Baylor University.

Please carefully read the program details below to ensure that you are eligible to apply for consideration of an invitation to participate in the program and that you will be able to meet all of the requirements and expectations of the program.

About the Program

The theme for the fall 2017 program is Economics and Social Issues: Markets and the Marginalized. Participants will read and discuss classic and contemporary works by scholars such as Claudia Goldin, Walter Williams, and Thomas Leonard, among other scholars, that examine how disadvantaged groups fare in wealthy societies. The readings will address a range of questions including:

  • How do markets and government help or hinder disadvantaged groups?
  • What role has race played in the history of economic thought?
  • What are the effects of discrimination in labor markets?
  • What are the consequences of mass incarceration?
  • Why do women typically earn less than men?
  • What explains persistent poverty among Native Americans?

Participants will receive a set of readings that will provide a foundation for the discussions that will address the above questions, among other questions or importance to the program theme.

Other Program Details

Undergraduate students from any major, who will be enrolled on a full-time basis at Texas Tech University during the fall 2017 semester, are eligible and encouraged to apply to participate in the program.

Meetings will take place on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-7:00 PM in the FMI Conference Room (Texas Tech Plaza, 1901 University Avenue, Suite 308).

The program will begin on August 30, 2017 with an introductory meeting, in which the discussion format and other program expectations will be explained. Following the introductory meeting, there will be ten (10) weekly discussion meetings during the course of the semester.

Each meeting will start with approximately 60 minutes of roundtable discussion on that week's assigned readings. Dinner will be served at each meeting following the discussion, where students will have the opportunity to continue discussion informally.

Participants, who successfully complete the program, will receive a $1,000 scholarship at the program's conclusion toward the end of the fall 2017 academic semester.

The final schedule of readings and topics of discussion for the fall 2017 McLane Teammates Reading Program will be shared on this page once they become available.

Fall 2017 McLane Summit

On October 6-7, 2017, Southern Methodist University will host a summit with participants from all four programs that will feature group discussions and formal remarks from a distinguished scholar.

The summit will feature formal remarks from Prof. Walter E. Williams. Prof. Williams serves as John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University. He is the author of over 150 publications for scholarly journals and writes a regular newspaper column that is syndicated nationally, including in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

He has authored several books, which address issues that will be discussed during the program, including America: A Minority ViewpointThe State Against BlacksSouth Africa's War Against Capitalism, and Race and Economics: How Much Can Be Blamed on Discrimination. He also recently authored Up From the ProjectsAn Autobiography.

Application Process

Interested students should complete an application at the link below. Applicants should note that the McLane Summit is a mandatory part of the program. The Free Market Institute will provide transportation, lodging, and meals for the participants.

McLane Teammates Reading Program — Fall 2017 Application

The deadline to apply for the fall 2017 program is Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

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

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More general information about the program and application process can be found on the FMI Student Programs page.

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