Adam Smith Program
Department of Economics · George Mason University

Invisible Hand Seminar

Established 2011, the Invisible Hand Seminar advances liberal discourse in the spirit of Adam Smith. The seminar meets five Saturdays a semester, 4:00-5:45 PM, Buchanan Hall D180. Past seminars have featured senior scholars and graduate students working in economics, philosophy, sociology, history, political theory, and law. Past seminar meetings have been kindly supported by The Institute for Humane Studies.

Previous seminar presenters

If you would like to attend a seminar, please write to Erik Matson at

Schedule for Fall 2023

  1. Saturday August 26: Mark Koyama (GMU): "Magna Carta" — link to more info
  2. Saturday September 9: Conference, in lieu of the seminar, at The Catholic University of America, "Has Liberalism Failed?" — link to more info
  3. Saturday September 30: Samuel Gregg (AIER): "Trade, Nations, and War in the Times of Hume, Smith, and Burke" — link to more info
  4. Saturday October 14: Eugene Heath (SUNY New Paltz): "Adam Smith's Conception of Self-Love"link to more info
  5. Saturday November 4: Paul Robinson (University of Ottawa): "Russian Liberalism"link to more info