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CSOR & Humane Studies Hold Annual Colloquium

November 7, 2019 Tags: Business and Communications

2019 ColloquiumOn November 2, 2019, the Institute for Humane Studies collaborated with the Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation on its annual student colloquium. The 2019 colloquium-featured speaker was Dr. Michael Douma from Georgetown University. Dr. Douma is an Assistant Research Professor in the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, as well as, the Director of the Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics. As an interdisciplinary historian, Dr. Douma was the perfect person to lead the event. Douma’s three main areas of study are the nineteenth century U.S. history, the Dutch world, and philosophy and methods of history.

With a combination of his concentrations, Douma was able to view the reading material through different lenses to help students gain a better perspective and understanding of the material from multiple viewpoints. 


Dr. Douma led the group of 16 students in discussions that focused on the assigned reading, Capitalism Under Siege. The reading consisted of 3 sections: (1) The Great Enrichment of the World (McCloskey, Deirdre), (2) What Caused the Great Enrichment (McCloskey, Deirdre), and (3) Threats to Liberty (Schumpeter, Joseph).

The energized and titillating conversation revolved around the progression of humankind from the past, present and future. Students engaged in questions like, “What do you think an entrepreneur is?” and “How do you think rhetoric influences the worlds current economy?” Students had the ability to critically think about and analyze the world around them, discussing what they think are big influencers on today’s society. Participants varied from freshman to graduate students, with a wide range of majors and life experiences, thus providing multiple perspectives for analyzing the reading. 


With different perspectives and ideas, the conversation flowed among the students and faculty without lull. To conclude the day, The Institute for Humane Studies hosted a dinner at an off campus location of Off the Rak with all of the participants. Many of the contributors conferred with how much they look forward to next year’s colloquium.  


The Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation would like to thank the Institute for Humane Studies for a wonderful program and we look forward to the 2020 colloquium. 



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