A wide range of events is taking place during 2023 to mark the tercentenary of Adam Smith, including conferences, workshops, lectures, student activities, public talks and exhibitions, and more.
Many events will be hosted here at the University of Glasgow. Others are happening in Kirkcaldy and Edinburgh in Scotland, and our partners across the world will also be taking part in this major commemoration.
We hope you can join us at one or more of these opportunities to reflect upon the life, work and legacy of Adam Smith.
The focal point of Adam Smith 300 is 5-10 June 2023.
In partnership with the Adam Smith Global Foundation and Panmure House, participants will have the opportunity to take part in a range of commemorative events including:
- An event to mark Smith’s christening at the Old Kirk in Kirkcaldy
- Tours of key Smith locations (including Kirkcaldy and Edinburgh)
- Evening lectures by high profile speakers – including speakers from the Hunter Foundation Adam Smith Global Lecture Series
- Academic workshops
- Student activities
The week will conclude with a day-long symposium on Saturday 10 June in Glasgow, where international scholars and practitioners will bring Smith into conversation with contemporary issues. Keynotes include Professor Sir Tim Besley (LSE), Professor Benjamin Friedman (Harvard), Professor Mary Morgan (LSE), Professor Diane Coyle (Cambridge), Professor Anne Case (Princeton) and Sir John Kay.
Adam Smith 300 Global Lecture Series
The University of Glasgow is hosting the Adam Smith 300 Global Lecture Series.
These public lectures will be given by internationally renowned speakers from the world of academia, business and public policy.
Adam Smith 300 exhibition
The University of Glasgow holds one of the most significant collections of Smith related artefacts.
To mark the Tercentenary it will host an on-campus and parallel virtual exhibition to coincide with key events in the programme.
This will include Smith-related letters, books, and material from the University Archives and the Hunterian Museum, as well as reflections on his time in Glasgow at the beginning of the industrial and imperial age.
The virtual exhibit will be preserved as a long-term online resource to promote Adam Smith and his ideas.
Smith Around the World Lecture Series
Adam Smith 300 is a timely opportunity to renew the global interest in Adam Smith - a world-changer and one of the world's most inspiring political economists - and to bring his ideas and legacy into contemporary debates around the globe.
Over the course of 2023, our global university partners will be hosting Smith Around the World Lecture Series on their campuses.
This series will be recorded and shared with our global community.