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Smith Soc Readers' Roundtable


The Smith Soc Readers’ Roundtable is a virtual quarterly book club exclusively for Smith Soc professional members who want to dive deeper into some of today’s most insightful and influential books on free market ideas and public policy. Participants are invited to two virtual events for each book – a small, peer-driven group discussion, followed by an author talk.

The Readers’ Roundtable is for our members, led by our members. Each discussion group and author talk will be guided by Smith Soc members.

How does it work?

  • Step 1: Register for the next book event.
  • Step 2: Receive your complimentary copy of the book a month in advance. Read book!
  • Step 3: Register for a small peer-led discussion section. Roundtable participants will receive a follow-up invitation to select a date and time for their section.  
  • Step 4: Attend a small, virtual, peer-led discussion prior to main author talk.
  • Step 5: Join us for the larger virtual conversation with the author!  

What do you get?

  • Complimentary copy of selected book
  • Complimentary Smith Soc leather bookmark (first time registrants only)
  • Peer-driven book discussions for learning and networking
  • Insights directly from book authors
  • Enriching intellectual experiences to help you better understand and appreciate free market capitalism

Space is limited. Participants are expected to make best efforts to attend peer discussions and author talks. Registration requires current membership. Join or renew your membership today.  


Session 4

December 7, 2021 — Woke, Inc.: Inside Corporate America’s Social Justice Scam by Vivek Ramswamy

Vivek Ramaswamy is founder and executive chairman of Roivant Sciences. Roivant is focused on developing transformative medicines faster by building technologies and deploying talent in creative ways and has developed over 40 medicines in multiple disease areas. He is also the author of Work, Inc., and a graduate of Yale Law School.


Session 3

September 22, 2021 — Maverick: A Biography of Thomas Sowell by Jason Riley

Jason Riley is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a columnist for the Wall Street Journal, and a commentator for Fox News. He is author of several books, including most recently Maverick: A Biography of Thomas Sowell (May 2021). He is a recipient of the 2018 Bradley Prize.



Session 2

May 24, 2021 — Open: The Story of Human Progress by Johan Norberg

NorbergJohan Norberg is an author, lecturer and documentary filmmaker, born in Sweden. He is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute in Washington D.C. and the European Centre for International Political Economy in Brussels. He received his M. A. in the history of ideas from the University of Stockholm.
He has written books on a broad range of topics, including global economics and popular science. His 2016 book Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future, was an international bestseller, published in 20 countries. His most recent book is Open: The Story of Human Progress, just been named a "book of the year" in The Economist. Norberg regularly hosts documentaries on development and economics for American public television, including Free or Equal?, Economic Freedom in Action, Power to the People and The Real Adam Smith.

Session 1

March 30, 2021 — The Great Reversal: How America Gave Up on Free Markets by Thomas Philippon.

Thomas Philippon is the Max L. Heine Professor of Finance at New York University, Stern School of Business. Philippon was named one of the “top 25 economists under 45” by the IMF in 2014. He has won the 2013 Bernácer Prize for Best European Economist under 40, the 2010 Michael Brennan & BlackRock Award, the 2009 Prize for Best Young French Economist, and the 2008 Brattle Prize for the best paper in Corporate Finance. His recent book The Great Reversal (Harvard Press, 2019) focuses on the increasing market power of large firms.

He currently serves as an academic advisor to the Financial Stability Board and to the Hong Kong Institute for Monetary and Financial Research. He was previously an advisor to the New York Federal Reserve Bank, a board member of the French prudential regulatory authority from 2014 to 2019, and the senior economic advisor to the French finance minister in 2012-2013. Philippon graduated from Ecole Polytechnique, received a PhD in Economics from MIT and joined New York University in 2003.

Registration requires current membership. Join or renew your membership today.

Discussion Leaders

Will GruyWill Gruy is a founding member of the Houston professional chapter of the Adam Smith Society. Will works with clients across the U.S. on corporate strategy as a consultant at FMI, using a research and evidence-based approach in order to achieve improved financial results, internal leadership development and organizational focus.​ Will received his Bachelor of Arts in humanities from John Cabot University in Rome, Italy, and his MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was also a member of the McCombs Adam Smith Society chapter.

MatthewMatthew Maughan has been active in the Adam Smith Society since 2016, serving as founder and president of the Michigan Ross chapter from 2016-2017 and in the host committee of the Boston and New York City professional chapters. Matthew received his BA in economics and international political economy from Fordham University in 2010. He then served in the United States Marine Corps as a logistics officer from 2010-2014, including a tour to Afghanistan as a logistics advisor to the Afghan National Army. Matthew has worked in various commercial roles in the pharmaceutical industry and now is a commercial finance forecaster with Regeneron in Sleepy Hollow, NY.


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