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In the spring of 2019, the Liberty & Ethics Center became a host to an Intercollegiate Studies Institute book club. That semester's book was The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt. Students selections for subsequent selections were Alexis de Toqueville's Democracy in America and Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson.

With the pandemic behind us, we are meeting face-to-face once again. The reading group has been reconstituted as the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) Reading Group led by Dr. Joseph Steineger of the Department of Philosophy and Religion. Dr. Steineger also serves as the Hammond Institute's coordinator of student engagement. 

In addition to discussing readings from a variety of sources during the Spring 2023 semester, the group participated in and won the 2023 PPE League Competition at Ottawa University. 

Meetings take place in the informal environment of McCluer Lounge and are live-streamed. For those interested in joining the group and competing in next year’s competition, please contact Dr. Joseph Steineger,



“I came into this club pretty fresh in terms of knowledge regarding philosophy, politics, and economics. I sat in via teams for my first meeting to see what it was all about, and I was blown away by the discussions we had and how welcoming everyone was...Being a commuter, I’m not super involved at Lindenwood but I gave PPE club a try, just to be involved in SOMETHING. Now I know that there’s a wealth of untapped knowledge to be gained from this club, and it is the highlight of my week.”

“The commercial was such a unique way to learn and teach about Rule of Law, and overall a great opportunity”

"Working cooperatively to create a strategy for the competition as well as on the creation of the PPE commercial was very enjoyable and stimulating. Great fun and team building."

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