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    Stateless Commerce: The Diamond Network and the Persistence of Relational Exchange

    Featuring Barak Richman: Edgar P. and Elizabeth C. Bartlett Professor of Law and Business Administration, Duke University
    on September 11, 2017
    In this presentation, Professor Barak Richman will discuss his new book, Stateless Commerce: The Diamond Network and the Persistence of Relational Exchange. The book uses the colorful case study of the…
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    Labor Day Break: September 4

    on September 4, 2017
    To Commemorate Labor Day, Shaftesbury Society Will Not Meet Monday, September 4 Shaftesbury Society Will Return Monday, September 11…
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    Was John Locke the First ‘Modern’ Economist?

    Featuring Michael Munger: Professor of Political Science, and Director of the PPE Certificate Program at Duke University
    on August 28, 2017
    Much of the attention of scholars has focused on two of Locke’s works–The Second Treatise and the Letter on Toleration. And these are indeed important. But an almost unknown work of…
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    Vacation Break: August 7 & 14

    on August 7, 2017
    Shaftesbury Society Will Not Meet Monday, August 7 and Monday, August 14 Shaftesbury Society Will Return Monday, August 21  …
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    Popular: The Power of Likability in a Status-Obsessed World

    Featuring Mitch Prinstein: John Van Seters Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    on July 31, 2017
    The word “popularity” has the power to transport us back to our teenage years, but those same dynamics still affect our lives today.  We still encounter most and least popular…
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    Geopolitics and American Oil and Gas First: The Coming of Self-Sufficiency, North American Continentalism vs. Globalism in Energy, End of OPEC

    Featuring Dr. Daniel Fine: Associate Director, New Mexico Center for Energy Policy and Senior Policy Analyst, New Mexico State Department of Energy Minerals and Natural Resources
    on July 24, 2017
    In this presentation, Dr. Fine will analyze oil and gas self-sufficiency and its impact on American strategic defense. He will review the new Trump administration policy of world energy “dominance,” look…
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    The Tea Party, Barack Obama, and the Limits of Research

    Featuring John Staddon: James B. Duke Professor of Psychology, and Professor of Biology and Neurobiology, Emeritus, Duke University
    on July 17, 2017
    Can you believe all the ‘science’ you read?  In a forthcoming book on Scientific Method, John Staddon shows the difference between good and bad science by looking carefully at…
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    Keeping America Safe During These Times

    Featuring Van D. Hipp, Jr.: Chairman, American Defense International, Inc.
    on July 10, 2017
    In this presentation, Van Hipp will provide a comprehensive look at the wide range of national security and foreign policy threats facing America today, including North Korea, radical Islam,…