Reading Group


The Agora Institute hosts a weekly reading group in which fellows come together with local professionals to discuss important texts and ideas. Politics, economics, philosophy, theology, and art have been among the subjects of discussion in the past. The reading group provides all of its participants with the unique opportunity to engage individuals with vastly different life experiences and perspectives, and to become locked in conversation with one another despite their competing views. Whether reading Solzhenitsyn’s provocative short stories or Roepke’s principles of economics, the Agora Institute believes that the reading group serves as one small way in which the virtues of civil society are formed: by gathering together to participate regularly in the hard but rewarding work of civil discourse. 


Our Spring Semester Readings: Play

Following last semester's study of "Work", this Spring reading group will discuss the topic of "Play."  What is play and what role does it have in the creation of a free and civilized society?


Reflections On Our 14-15 Reading Group: An Introduction to Political Economy


  • 2016 Spring: Play
  • 2015 Fall: Work
  • 2014-2015: Introduction to Political Economy
  • 2014 Spring: Thomas Jefferson
  • 2013 Fall: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • 2013 Spring: Wilhelm Roepke
  • 2012 Fall: Abraham Lincoln
  • 2012 Spring: Steven Smith
  • 2011 Fall: Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks


"Conversations in the Agora Institute Reading Group are preparing us for the next step--whether its professional life in a company or higher academics, each of us will be required to stand up in a crowd or sit at a conferences table and articulate clearly our ideas as well as interact with people of varying levels of seniority."

--John Basilici, Agora Fellow