Adam Smith 300 Symposium

Adam Smith Tercentenary launch

Bringing Adam Smith’s ideas and legacy into conversations around contemporary issues

10 June 2023, 9:00am - 4:30pm
Hunter Halls, Gilbert Scott Building, University of Glasgow

Join us for a day of talks, panel discussions, theatre activities and music to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Adam Smith.

Smith is one of the pillars of the Scottish Enlightenment and is widely regarded as the founder of modern economics. But his influence stretches far beyond economics, into the worlds of commerce, policy, law and philosophy.

In the spirit of the enlightenment, on the 10 June 2023, we’ll be discussing and debating Smith’s legacy with panellists from around the world. Scholars and practitioners from Harvard, Princeton, Chicago, the LSE, Cambridge, Duke and – of course – Glasgow will be debating his relevance for today’s global challenges and political discourse.

Panel discussions will include topics such as:

  • The History of Smith: Why Scotland? Why Glasgow?
  • Smith’s Economics: Would Smith be surprised by today’s modern economy?
  • Smith’s Political Economy: What can we learn from Smith about today’s political and policy debates?

Alongside panel discussions, there will be a theatrical performance of the life of Adam Smith and the first public performance of a new piece of music commissioned for the tercentenary composed by University of Glasgow alumni Helen MacKinnon. 

There will also be the opportunity to view some of the University of Glasgow’s unrivalled Smith archives. Alongside first editions and early drafts of his most famous works, also on display will be artefacts and documents charting Smith’s time as a student, professor and rector at the University of Glasgow.

Lunch and a reception will all be provided.

Join us for what will be a once in 300-year event.

Keynote speakers and panellists

  1. Professor Anne Case
  2. Professor Diane Coyle
  3. Professor Sir John Kay
  4. Dr Adam Posen
  5. Ms Jo Swinson CBE
  6. Dr Craig Smith
  7. Professor Maria Pia Paganelli
  8. Professor Benjamin Friedman
  9. Professor Ryan Hanley
  10. Professor Mary Morgan
  11. Professor Doug Irwin
  12. Dr Glory Liu
  13. Professor Randall Kroszner
  14. Professor Steve Medema

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First published: 15 February 2023

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