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 Spring 2024

  1. Saturday January 27: Michael Munger (Duke): Progressive Macroeconomists' Escape from Democracy, 1920–2024. Link to the paper
  2. Saturday February 17: Conference, in lieu of the seminar, at The University of Virginia, Charlottesville
  3. Saturday February 24: Robert Wright (Central Michigan University): Lost Liberty: The Rise and Demise of Voluntary Association in America Since Its Founding. Link to Amazon book page.
  4. Saturday March 23: Samuel Goldman (George Washington University): “Is there Such a Thing as Judeo-Christian Civilization?” (Reading: Mark Silk 1984, available from the seminar organizers)
  5. Saturday April 20: David Raynor (University of Ottawa): "The Hume-Smith Relationship, Personal and Intellectual" (Reading: Hume's review of TMS, link)