Markets and Morality

Be a part of the conversation.

Markets and Morality LogoMarkets and Morality is an intellectually curious and close-knit community of students at Hope College that engages in deep and continuing discussion of serious issues and works to open that conversation to the larger campus community. In practical terms, M&M — as it’s affectionately referred to by its membership — is:

A Reading Group

M & M Reading GroupThe reading discussion group meets about twice each month at Professor Sarah Estelle’s home near Hope’s campus to discuss shared readings on topics bridging economics, theology, poverty, productivity, faith and public policy.

 Books for 2016–2017 include:
  • Money, Greed, and God by Jay W. Richards
  • Environmental Stewardship in the Judeo-Christian Tradition based on the Cronwall Declaration
  • Free Market Environmentalism for the Next Generation by Terry L. Anderson and Donald R. Leal
  • Other books of choice
A Visiting Lecture Series

Each school year M&M hosts a variety of speakers from around the country, each of whom offers a public lecture to the entire campus preceded by a private dinner that allows M&M members an opportunity for more casual conversation with the speaker.

2016–2017 lectures include:
  • Art Carden, Samford University, October 12, 2016
  • Daniel Jean Louis, Haitian entrepreneur November 11, 2016
  • Stephen Smith, Hope College (tentative)
  • Jonathan Adler, J.D., Case Western Law School (tentative)
A Film Series

Markets and Morality Poverty IncApproximately three times per year, M&M feeds – with food and thought-provoking films – interested students, faculty and Holland community members.

2016–2017 films include:
An Opportunity to Travel Regionally and Nationally

M&M enjoys seeking Truth and sometimes that process requires traveling to those who ask important questions and offer intriguing answers.   

2016–2017 travel will include:
  • Annual Acton Institute Anniversary Gala, this year featuring Father Paul Scalia (priest and son of the late Supreme Court Justice Scalia), October 27, 2016
  • Values and Capitalism Conferences in Washington, D.C., October 7, 2016, and June 2017
  • M&M Spring Break 2017: Bozeman, Montana, March 17–24, 2017
Past travel has included:
  • Lunch and lectures at the Acton Institute in Grand Rapids
  • Semi-annual meeting of The Philadelphia Society
  • Values and Capitalism conferences in Washington, D.C.
  • Spring Break 2016: Virginia and Washington, D.C.
 Markets and Morality Spring Break Trip 2016: Visit to Monticello
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A Chance to Get Involved... So Get Involved!

Do you love to learn?  Do you want to engage in an ongoing discussion of big ideas with similarly curious and thoughtful friends?

Applications for membership are available at the beginning of each semester. All students are encouraged to apply. Those selected for membership commit to a year of involvement in twice-monthly reading discussions and other events. In most cases, event fees and transportation are provided at no charge to members. Books are provided to students on Kindle e-readers, which members may keep at the end of the year.

Throughout the year, we welcome other interested students to become “Friends of M&M.”  Friends receive personalized updates on upcoming events and are included in many of the larger events M&M attends on and off campus.

If you’d like to get involved as a member or a “friend," contact Dr. Sarah Estelle at

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Markets and Morality supports students as they examine the interplay of market forces through the lens of moral thought, including the precepts of the historic Christian faith, and facilitates a rigorous conversation about whether markets can contribute to human flourishing.