image of book coverProfessors Geoffrey Kellow and Marc Hanvelt will host a reading group centred on Dennis C. Rasmussen’s The Infidel and the Professor: David Hume, Adam Smith, and the Friendship that Shaped Modern Thought. The book is a very accessible scholarly work that offers an excellent introduction to the study of Smith, Hume, and the Scottish Enlightenment. It also has much to offer those already familiar with these areas of study.

Participants in the reading group will receive a free copy of the book and a $100 gift card from Amazon. The author, Dennis Rasmussen (Professor of Political Science, Syracuse University) will attend the final meeting of the reading group and then deliver a public lecture at Carleton afterward. That evening, participants in the reading group will be treated to dinner with Professor Rasmussen to carry on the conversation.

The reading group is open to a maximum of 12 participants. The meetings will be held on March 2, 16, and 30, beginning at 1pm and ending at 2:30. Participants must be in the third or fourth year of their undergraduate program or in a Master’s program.

Interested students should set out in one paragraph their reasons for wanting to participate in the reading group and submit their application via email to Marc Hanvelt ( and by February 10.