AdamSmithWorks Reading Groups

AdamSmithWorks is pleased to offer Reading Groups on a variety of topics related to Adam Smith. Our Reading Groups are designed to gather interested individuals interested in serious and civil discussion.

Virtual Reading Groups

Each Virtual Reading Group will focus on a particular Smithian topic, and a common set of readings will form the basis for our weekly discussions. Each group is facilitated by a professional moderator and is conducted via the Zoom online platform.

Participation is offered at no-cost, and there is no need to be an expert on the topic for discussion! In fact, these reading groups are designed to be appropriate for people engaging with Adam Smith for the first time as well as for established Smith enthusiasts. The only requirement is that participants be eager to read and engage in conversation.

To register or for more information, please contact Shelly Rogers at

Upcoming Sessions:

November, 2019: Our Great Purpose: Adam Smith on Living a Better Life, by Ryan P. Hanley

  • Friday, November 8
    • Introduction - IX, "On Worshiping Wealth" (pages 1-48)
  • Friday, November 15
    • X, "On Friendship" - XXI, "On Self and Others" (pages 49-100)
  • Friday, November 22
    • XXII, "On Perfection" - Epilogue (pages 101-138)

All sessions run from 3:30 - 4:30pm EST. Participants should acquire their own copy of Hanley's book. Participants who successfully complete all three sessions will receive an e-gift certificate from amazon after the program concludes.

To register or for more information, please contact Shelly Rogers at

December, 2019... Introducing ASW Asynchronous Reading Groups (ARGs): #SmithWorksReads

ARGs are online-only reading groups conducted via ASW's Facebook and Twitter platforms. Readers can follow using the hashtag #SmithWorksReads on twitter and/or join our Facebook discussion group.

  • December, 2019: Adam Smith and the Virtues of Enlightenment, by Charles Griswold (details coming soon)
  • February, 2020: Saving Adam Smith, by Jonathan Wight
  • More are in the works... And we're always open to your suggestions!