- Capital and the Good Life- 

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2018 Summer Seminar: August 5 -11

Capital: what is it, how is it created, and what kind of purpose does, can, or should capital serve? What is capital's relationship to work and to the notion of productivity? How does it influence our ideas of progress? In what ways does it order our society and government? The seminar looks at a variety of perspectives on capital creation, acquisition, and use. Our approach to capital and capitalism will be less from a strictly economic and more from a philosophical perspective.

In the seminar we will cover classical and modern authors including:

  • Adam Smith
  • Anne Robert Jacques Turgot
  • Karl Marx
  • Friedrich Hayek
  • Karl Polanyi
  • Ludwig Lachmann
  • Thomas Piketty
  • Robert Skidelsky


Location: The Seminar will take place in Harvard University's Center for Government and International Studies - 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA, USA

Accommodation: Hotel accommodation will be provided - rooms will be shared between seminar participants of the same sex.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch will be provided at the Seminar and dinner will be provided on three separate nights: first evening together, at the end of an optional social outing and on the last evening together.

Cost: A $500 registration fee is requested for overhead purposes and represents a small fraction of the true cost of the program. Reading material will be made available free of charge to the accepted applicants at least a month before the seminar.

Who Should Apply?

The seminar is open to advanced undergraduates (including graduating seniors),  graduate students and professionals with interests in economics, business, history and politics.

How to Apply

  1. Send the following to director@AAICambridge.org:
    • Cover letter discussing the reasons for your interest in the seminar and an overview of any relevant experience in the seminar’s topic.
    • A writing sample of up to 2,000 words.
  2. Arrange to have a faculty member familiar with your academic work send a short letter of recommendation to director@AAICambridge.org

The application deadline for the seminar is April 5, 2018. Applicants can expect to receive a decision by April 26, 2018.

Only after the applicant's acceptance to the Seminar has been confirmed will he/she be instructed to pay the US$500 registration fee.

About the Seminar Experience

 - Seminar Faculty - 

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Prof. James Bernard Murphy - Dartmouth College

Prof. Murphy is a Professor in the Government and Medieval and Renaissance Studies departments of Dartmouth College and regarded as an expert in ancient and medieval political philosophy, jurisprudence, philosophy of education, philosophy of law and ethics. He earned his Master of City Planning from MIT and his Ph.D. in Philosophy and Political Science from Yale University. His single authored books are "The Moral Economy of Labor: Aristotelian Themes in Economic Theory" (1993),
"The Philosophy of Positive Law: Foundations of Jurisprudence" (2005) and "The Philosophy of Customary Law" (2014).


Dr. Plamen Nedeltchev - Cisco Systems

Dr. Plamen Nedeltchev is a Distinguished Engineer of Cisco IT and a Cisco Distinguished Speaker. Dr. Plamen is also a two time "Pioneer Award" honoree. For the last several years he has been the chief architect of Cisco IT Borderless Networks, and chief architect of Cisco IT IoT (Internet of Everything) Technologies.  

Over the years, Dr. Nedeltchev has published more than 50 white papers, studies, and research articles. He authored a Cisco Press book "Troubleshooting Remote Access Networks" in 2002. He holds multiple patents in US and abroad in Internet of Everything, Machine Learning, BlockChain, Computer Design, Networking, Security, Mobility, Media and Network intelligence. 

Dr. Nedeltchev holds both a Master of Science in Computer Design from Saint Petersburg and a Ph.D. in networking and communications. Plamen’s focus now is on Digitization of IT, Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD), Advanced Machine Learning and Deep Leaning (MD/DL), and Artificial Intelligence (AI). 


Dr. Leonidas Zelmanovitz - Liberty Fund

Dr. Zelmanovitz is a Senior Fellow at the Liberty Fund. Prior to his post at the Liberty Fund he was a businessman in Brazil, running a financial company called Mercurio D.T.V.M. S.A. which specialized in
raising capital in capital markets to fund real estate investments in Brazil; he founded the company in 1994 and was its CEO until the company was sold to another financial group in 2001.
Dr. Zelmanovitz has a Law degree from the Federal University in Porto Alegre, Brazil and both a Master in Austrian Economics and a Ph.D in Applied Economics from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain. Dr. Leonida's Ph.D. dissertation was published as a book and described in a review as "an impressive interdisciplinary exercise": "The Ontology and Function of Money: The Philosophical Fundamentals of Monetary Institutions"


- Questions - 

If you have any questions about the seminar or the application process please do not hesitate to send your queries to director@AAICambridge.org