Announcing an Agora Fellow Conference
Brian Domitrovic, Sam Houston State University
As a culmination to the Spring reading group, the Agora Institute will be offering a four-seminar conference in which select fellows will read essays by Milton Friedman in conjunction with The New York Times best-selling book, Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness, by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein. Utilizing these texts (along with several others), we hope to juxtapose liberty with illiberal world in which we currently live.
Friedman was well-known for debating with those with whom he substantively and substantially disagreed. By putting a contemporary policy practitioner (Sunstein) into conversation with Friedman, we expect students will question the subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) forms of coercion that occur as a result of government actions. In particular, we plan to focus on three topics with direct and immediate relevance to our students: education, health care, and wealth (from an individual and societal perspective).
We are extremely grateful to the Institute for Human Studies for allowing this conference to take place.