2023 Honors Colloquium


Not Business as Usual: Business for the Common Good

September 19 - December 5, 2023

Tuesday evenings at 7pm
Edwards Hall and online

To celebrate the centennial of the College of Business and the 60th anniversary of the annual Honors Colloquium, the University of Rhode Island’s fall 2023 colloquium will examine how business activities affect stakeholders, including the natural environment; explore and prompt action to alter the ways we think about production, consumption and business success; and confront major problems in ways that benefit people, the planet, and the bottom line.

Join us most Tuesday evenings this fall for a frank dialog about the potential to use business thinking, while addressing its limitations, to help move the conversation forward and hopefully result in action.

Dynamic speakers have been recruited to talk about stakeholder capitalism and benefit corporations, while providing thought leadership on ways to motivate and enact systematic change. 

Coordinators: Doug Creed, Seray Ergene, and Christy Ashley 


Watch Virtually-  Video links will be available on the day of the event.  

Special Events

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse to present “The intersection of dark money, climate change, and the corporate capture of the Supreme Court.”

October 10, 2023 at 11:00AM
Edwards Auditorium and online (link will be posted day of event)

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse will visit to talk about Climate Change and the Supreme Court, an event that is open to the community and connects with the 60th Honors Colloquium, “Not Business as Usual: Business for the Common Good.” This event is free and open to the public.

URI Theatre Presents Marie Antoinette

October 12-14, October 19-21 at 7:30pm; October 15 and 22 at 2:00pm

Set in Louis XVI’s France of decadence and excess, the story is presented as an American tale criticizing celebrity culture and irresponsible spending.
Join us on October 15 after the show for a special discussion of Marie Antionette between Honors Program Director, Karen de Bruin, and the director of the show, Rachel Walshe. Learn More>

Suggested Readings

If you would like to engage further with these discussion topics, our coordinators have assembled a list of suggested readings you may enjoy. Readings related to specific talks are included on speaker biography pages.
  • Capitalism: A Short History, by Jürgen Kocka. Princeton University Press. 2016. ISBN: 9780691165226
  • Re-imagining Capitalism in a World on Fire, by Rebecca Henderson. PublicAffairs. 2020. ISBN: 9781541730137, 1541730135.
  • Taming Corporate Power in the 21st Century, by Jerry Davis. Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 1009095420. 
  • Take Back the Economy: An Ethical Guide for Transforming Our Communities, by J.K. Gibson-Graham, Jenny Cameron, and Stephen Healy. University of Minnesota Press. 2013. ISBN: 978-0-8166-7607-1
  • Management as a Calling: Leading Business, Serving Society, by Andrew J. Hoffman. Stanford University Press. 2021. ISBN: 9781503628779
  • Not Too Late: Changing the Climate Story from Despair to Possibility, by Rebecca Solnit and Thelma Young Lutunatabua. Haymarket Books. 2023. ISBN: 9781642598971
  • A Matter of Truth: the Struggle for American Heritage and Indigenous People Equal Rights in Providence, Rhode Island (1620 to 2020), by the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society & 1696 Heritage Group. 2021. https://upriseri.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Matter-of-Truth2.pdf  

Learn more about the URI Honors Program.