Smith as citizen
How can Smith's writings help us think about today's global challenges?
Adam Smith was one of the foremost public intellectuals of his time. He actively participated in the cosmopolitan conversation of the Enlightenment and was passionate about the importance of constructive, inclusive and respectful dialogue as a cornerstone of a successful society.
- In the spirit of Smith's ethos and public intellectualism, Adam Smith was brought back into public debates at a time when we faced with global challenges in reconciling and balancing virtue, wealth, freedom and responsibility - all key Smithian precepts.
Lectures and discussions
Adam Smith's 'Coarse Clay' Political Realism
Watch this public lecture in which Professor Ryan Griffiths and the Research Group on Constitutional Studies at McGill University in Canada discussed how we can learn from Smith's work today.
Government's Role in Today’s Economy: What Would Adam Smith Say?
Professor Cecilia Rouse challenged common perceptions around Adam Smith’s ideas on the government’s role in the economy in this third and final Hunter Foundation Lecture at the British Embassy in Washington DC, USA.
The power and perils of the "artificial hand": Considering AI through the ideas of Adam Smith
In the opening lecture of Adam Smith 300 Tercentenary Week, Gita Gopinath, First Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, spoke on considering artificial intelligence through the ideas of Adam Smith.
Adam Smith - The first true liberal
Professor Deirdre McCloskey, Isaiah Berlin Chair in Liberal Thought at the Cato Institute, Washington, and Emerita Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, argued that Adam Smith was the first true liberal.
Economic failure or failure of economics?
Professor Sir Angus Deaton, who won the Nobel prize in Economic Science in 2015, spoke on 'Economic failure or failure of economics?' for his Adam Smith 300 Hunter Foundation lecture.
Adam Smith 300 Symposium
Day-long symposium at the University of Glasgow featuring international scholars and practitioners, who brought Smith into conversations with contemporary issues.
Adam Smith 300 – Innovation and Sustainable Growth
In this event an expert panel considered drawing lessons from Adam Smith's work on innovation and investment to support sustainable growth.
The theoretical legacy of Adam Smith
A discussion of the theoretical legacy of Adam Smith and the relevance of his ideas for today's social and economic issues.
Triumph of the Market: What China's past and present tell us
This lecture examined China's patterns of economic growth and analysed the connections to Adam Smith's theories.
Adam Smith 300 launch event
Our second event in January was the Adam Smith 300 launch. More than 100 people attended to hear leading scholars from the University of Glasgow discuss Smith’s contribution to economics, philosophy and the arts.
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Principal of Glasgow University and economist Anton Muscatelli argues that the answer to the UK's productivity problem was identfied by Adam Smith and is still relevant today: public investment in quality education to close the skills gap and boost equality.
Launch of the Smith Around the World lecture series
The inaugural lecture focused on knowledge that solves real-world problems - such as income inequality, environmental and sustainability challenges - and fosters entrepreneurship culture.
Rethinking Adam Smith
This competition challenged students to redesign the front cover of Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations or The Theory of Moral Sentiments.
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