The Denny Center offers a wide variety of ways for students to get involved, from drop-in lectures and panel discussions to more formal seminar classes, as well as grants, fellowships, and externships. Interested students can sign up to our mailing list to recieve more information and the center will email updates as opportunities and applications become available.

Student Fellows Program

Every year the Denny Center hires a small cohort of student research fellows who work with center faculty and staff to develop and pursue their own research interests. Past fellows have focused on a variety of topics including economic history, ESG issues like the impact of climate change on supply chain risk, innovative technologies, market competition, and analyzing ongoing merger cases. Student fellows publish think-piece style essays on the center website, assist center faculty and staff with research, assist in administrative tasks, and execute various campus-based activities.

Applications for Summer 2024 are currently closed, please sign up for our mailing list to stay updated on future opportunities.

Seminar Classes

Professors James Feinerman and Bruce Shaw teach a 1 credit spring course: LAW 1552 v00 – Business, Capitalism, and Society. This course explores potential approaches to reconciling the benefits of free market capitalism with the values and expectations of a democratic society. This seminar raises important questions and highlights issues that are relevant to a number of potential law graduate career paths including that of in-house counsel, external counsel, senior management team member, corporate board member, and policymaker & staff. To that end, students taking the course will develop an understanding of:

  • The evolution of views on the purpose of business in society (assumptions and realities of corporate governance)
  • The current problems putting pressure on democratic capitalism (externalities, regulation or lack thereof)
  • Emerging theories to address the inherent tensions in the system (new structures, governance priorities, industry self-regulation)
  • Possible roles one can play in addressing the shortcomings of democratic capitalism

Course Database

Looking for more classes related to democratic values and free market capitalism? Check out our database of courses across Georgetown's campuses!

Events & Student Dinners

The center hosts events including lectures, panel discussions, and book-talks convene leading voices from business, government and society (both public and private sectors) to discuss existing tensions and recommend new paths forward. The primary goal of events hosted by the center is to identify the right questions, recognizing in many areas that reasonable people may disagree on answers or solutions. The center also hosts 1-2 student dinners per semester. These dinners bring together 10-20 students with a guest speaker for an informal discussion.

Come have dinner with us!

If you're interested in attending a student dinner and/or suggesting dinner topics please fill out the form below.