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Mises University Schedule, Dorm, Airport & Required Reading

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Listed below is information on dormitory arrival and departure, shuttle between Atlanta airport and Auburn, and links to the readings that all students must complete before attending Mises University

The preliminary schedule is here. The Final Schedule will be emailed to attendees and posted on this page before the event.  

All materials are available on Mises.org free of charge, and most readings are available in multiple formats (e.g., PDF, ePub, HTML, audio).

Required Reading

Anatomy of the State by Murray N. Rothbard

The Philosophical Origins of Austrian Economics by David Gordon

Praxeology and Understanding by George A. Selgin

Profit and Loss by Ludwig von Mises

I, Pencil by Leonard Read

What Has Government Done to Our Money? by Murray N. Rothbard, pp. 1-87

From The Austrian Theory of the Trade Cycle and Other Essays, edited by Richard M. Ebeling:

From Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt:

  • "The Lesson," pp. 3-7
  • "The Broken Window," pp. 11-16

From Economic Freedom and Interventionism by Ludwig von Mises

From An Introduction to Austrian Economics by Thomas C. Taylor:

From Planning for Freedom by Ludwig von Mises:

"Fundamentals of Value and Price" by Murray N. Rothbard (in The Rothbard Reader, pp. 89-126)

"Economic Calculation" by Ludwig von Mises (in Socialism: An Economic and Sociological Analysis, pp. 113-122)

"The Meaning of Competition" by F. A. Hayek

Optional Reading

Penthouse Interviews Murray Rothbard

Suggested Readings for Graduate Sessions

Graduate Session: "An Equity-Based Approach to the Money Multiplier" with Professor David Howden.
America's Great Depression by Murray N. Rothbard, Chapter 4.
The Mystery of Banking by Murray N. Rothbard, Chapters 6 - 11.

Graduate session: "Time Preference Theory and Its Critics" with Professor Jeffrey Herbener
Frank Fetter, "Interest Theories, New and Old," in Capital and Interest, ed. Murray Rothbard

Final Exam

Mündliche Prüfung is an optional exam for students who would like to have their knowledge tested at the end of the conference. The exam is open only to students. Preliminary written testing on Thursday determines who is qualified to take the final exam on Saturday. Questions consist of general knowledge learned from required readings and plenary lectures. Results of the preliminary testing will be posted on the bulletin board in the outdoor dining area by Friday morning. If you pass the preliminary exam, then you will email to pat@mises.org by Friday at 4:00 p.m. a list of classes you attended or will attend this week (not including plenary sessions). On Saturday, a faculty jury will engage each of the preliminary passing examinees in a 10-minute question-and-answer session based on the readings and the lectures each has attended. At graduation, those who pass the oral exams will receive a graded certificate. Each faculty panel will select two students as the leading candidates from its examinations. These six finalists will then undergo a deeper examination by the entire faculty. The third and second highest scorers will receive the Grand Aldrich Prize of $500 and $1,000 respectively. The student selected by the faculty as the most learned of the conference will receive the Douglas E. French Prize of $2,500.

Dorm, Airport Shuttle, Meals, Attire, Directions, and More!

Students on scholarship: Scholarships include all sessions, refreshment breaks and social hours, and meals beginning with dinner on Sunday, July 14 and ending with dinner on Saturday, July 20, and a double-occupancy dormitory room with arrival Sunday July 14 and departure Sunday July 21.

Dorm Location on the Auburn University Campus: Dormitory location will be posted here as soon as Auburn University assigns the dorm. A map of the Auburn U campus is here. Students on scholarship receive a complimentary double-occupancy dormitory room on the Auburn University campus for 7 nights. Each room contains two beds and shares a bath with an adjoining double room. A limited number of single-occupancy dorm rooms are available to students for $100 for the week payable to Mises Institute, advance reservations required (inquire with pat@mises.org). Each single occupancy room shares a bath with an adjoining single room. Paid Observers may reserve single-occupancy dormitory rooms at $63 per night, payable to the Mises Institute. You may check into your dormitory room between 10:00 a.m. and midnight Central time on Sunday, July 14 and out on Sunday, July 21 by 8:00 a.m. Central time. (There are numerous coffee shops and restaurants within walking distance of the dorm where you can wait until it is time for your Groome Transportation shuttle to depart from Auburn University Hotel.) If you need to arrive a day early to accommodate travel plans you will need to make your own accommodation reservations at your own expense, and Uber or taxi to the dormitory on Sunday. For a listing of hotels in the Auburn area, see aotourism.com or check VRBO or Airbnb or other rental sites, keeping in mind the walking distance from your accommodations to the Mises Institute.  Dorm check-in on July 14 closes at midnight Central time. All students must depart the dorm rooms on Sunday, July 21 by 8:00 a.m.  Each dorm room is furnished with bed linens, blanket, pillow, one towel and face cloth per person, and soap. There are coin operated washers and dryers at the dorm and you can exchange dollars for quarters at the Mises Institute front desk. Laundry detergent is provided.

Conference Registration is at the Mises Institute, 518 W. Magnolia Avenue in Auburn on Sunday, July 14 anytime between 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Central Time, with dinner at 6:00 and the opening lecture at 7:00. Registration is a very quick process of picking up your name tag. Students staying at the dorm should check in at the dorm before coming to the Mises Institute. The Massey and Ward Libraries of the Mises Institute will be open for research and browsing at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 14. The Institute is within walking distance of the dorm, less than a mile. The conference closes with dinner and an awards ceremony Saturday evening, July 20. Most people will depart the dorm Sunday, July 21. If you are a finalist in the optional Mises U exam, you must be present at the closing dinner to accept your award. (See Awards section.)

Attire: Casual, but appropriate for an office environment (no tank tops, short-shorts, etc., but jeans, walking shorts, nice t-shirts are fine). The weather will be very hot and humid, but we highly recommend you bring a light jacket as the air conditioning in the classrooms can be very cool. For the group photo on Tuesday, please wear a collared shirt if possible -- like a golf shirt or similar, with no large logos on it. Be sure to bring an umbrella or rain jacket.

Parking and Directions: Driving directions to the Mises Institute are here. Restaurants and general Auburn area info here. The Tiger Transit bus line that may be useful is here. Dorm directions are forthcoming. Parking is free at the dorm and at the Mises Institute. If you are driving, please let pat@mises.org know so that we can have a parking permit ready for you. The dorm closes to arrivals at midnight Central time.

The following map is from Mises U 2018, but it gives you an idea of distance. 

Walking directions between Dorms, AU Dining Hall, and Mises Institute

Walking directions between Dorms, AU Dining Hall, and Mises Institute Walking directions between Dorms, AU Dining Hall, and Mises Institute.

Airport and Shuttles: Most people coming to Auburn fly into the airport in Atlanta, Georgia. Atlanta is the only airport with shuttle service to Auburn. Students are responsible for the cost of the shuttle between Atlanta airport and Auburn. The shuttle schedule for Groome Transportation is here. Please make your own round-trip shuttle reservations between Atlanta airport and Auburn. Choose the drop-off and pick-up point of AU Hotel and Conference Center, 241 South College Street. From AU Hotel you will then walk (or Uber) 15 minutes to the dormitory on the AU campus. Walking directions will be sent before the conference. Be sure to bring an umbrella or rain jacket! The dormitory in Auburn opens Sunday, July 14 at 10:00 a.m. Central time and closes at midnight. Atlanta airport is on Eastern time, one hour ahead of Auburn. The trip from Atlanta to Auburn takes about an hour and 45 minutes. So the latest an international flight could arrive in Atlanta would be 7:30 p.m. Eastern time in order to allow 2 hours for U.S. customs and take the Groome shuttle departing Atlanta airport 9:45 p.m. Eastern time, arriving at AU Hotel approximately 11:00 p.m. Central time, in time to walk to the dorm to arrive by midnight. This area of Auburn is very safe for walking at night. To arrive in Auburn on July 14 in time for the 6:00 p.m. dinner and 7:00 p.m. opening lecture, an international flight would need to arrive Atlanta airport by 2:30 p.m. to clear customs and take the shuttle departing 4:45 p.m. Eastern time .If your shuttle arrives in Auburn after midnight, you are responsible for reserving a hotel room at a location in Auburn on the shuttle route, then taking a taxi or Uber to the dormitory the next day. 

For alternative transportation between Atlanta airport and Auburn see Tiger Taxi (AuburnTaxi.com) or Touch of Class (AlabamaLimo.com) or Uber.

Mises Bookstore: Titles for sale at Mises.org/Store will be available for purchase during the conference. Faculty will be happy to autograph their books. Please ask the cashier about student discounts on certain titles.

Visiting Scholars Manual: Attendance at Mises University indicates your acceptance of the terms outlined in the Mises Institute Visiting Scholars Manual.

Dietary Restrictions: Please email pat@mises.org before July 2 to reserve vegetarian meals (the only alternative dietary option).

Guests: Only scholarship students and paid Observers may attend MU sessions, meals, and social hours with the exception of pre-approved guests of Faculty. All scholarship students and Observers who do not stay at the dorm are on their own for housing reservations and payment. Guests of scholarship students and Observers are welcome to attend the closing cookout and graduation on Saturday July 21. Reservations must be made at least two weeks prior to the beginning of Mises University, with a maximum of two complimentary guests per student or Observer. Cost for each additional guest after two is $25.

Other Info: You are welcome to receive mail at the Institute to your attention, Mises Institute, 518 W. Magnolia Avenue, Auburn, Alabama 36832. The packages will be held for you at the Mises front desk. International calling cards can be purchased at the front desk of the Institute for long-distance calls on telephones at the Institute. There are a number of computers and printers at the Institute for your use in research and to check email. Or you are welcome to bring your laptop as there is complimentary wireless access throughout the building. International students should bring a converter for 110 V.

Gym: Gym and pool facilities are not available on the Auburn University campus. The gym nearest Mises Institute is Max Fitness, 189 E. University Drive, Auburn at $20 per week. Other facilities are Tiger Iron, 1655 S. College Street, Auburn at $10 per week. Yoga Fly, 237 N. Gay Street, Auburn at $15 per class. All are a short Uber ride from the dorm or the Institute. Elizabeth Wilson welcomes runners to join her early any mornings. Just call or text her at 901-830-4381.

Questions: Patricia Barnett pat@mises.org or 334-321-2147

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