Applications Open for LBY Reading Group in Political Economy

Please share with your students that applications are open for the Fall 2023 LBY Reading Group in Economics. Applications are due on May 1, 2023 and are open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors of any major.

Next semester’s book is “Why We Fight: The Roots of War and the Paths to Peace” by Christopher Blattman, on the economics of large and small scale conflict. For students interested in questions like…

  • Why do countries go to war with each other?
  • Are we more violent than past societies?
  • What’s the best way to stop violence before it’s started – and after it’s started?
  • How does small-scale violence like gang fighting compare to large-scale violence like war?

…the LBY Reading Group is a great opportunity to explore these and related issues with both peers and experts.

The Reading Group is worth one credit hour of course credit, with in-depth and student-led discussions, so it’s a great way to round out a transcript and signal initiative and critical thinking to employers. Plus, the book is free! Apply by May 1.

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Posted: April 13, 2023