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Upton Program & Forum


The Miller Upton Program seeks to deepen our students’ understanding of the wealth and well-being of nations through intimate interactions with preeminent thinkers.


How does the market system promote increased wealth and well-being?
How can I make a difference and help reduce global poverty, promote human development, and solve energy issues?

Engage and learn.

Inquire with the Miller Upton Scholar in an intimate classroom setting

The Miller Upton Scholar is a public intellectual whose distinguished work and influential ideas become the driving force of the annual forum. With many leading scholars also at the forum, the conversation is enriched even further.



Experience a powerful fusion of theory and practice

Students grasp the theories in the classroom, apply them in their senior theses, and connect with prominent scholars in the field to put their liberal arts into practice.





Hear the real deal: from students themselves

The forum has given students lots of experiences to divulge and many tales to tell. Learn more about them.


Can’t make it?
We’ve got you covered.

We record each year’s Forum in an edited volume,
The Annual Proceedings of the Wealth and Well-Being of Nations.


Georgia Armitage ’19

The Beloit Economics Department offers an opportunity not only to study a noted scholar but to question them and ask their advice about everything from grad school to senior theses.


Hernan Santacruz ’19

2018 marked the 11th iteration of the massively successful Miller Upton Forum at Beloit, and after a decade of the program, it continues to be one of the most impactful, phenomenal experiences a student can have while studying Economics at Beloit College.

Sukanya Upadhyaya’19

Sukanya Upadhyaya ’19

We were given a platform to openly discuss issues surrounding the world energy problem with economists and thinkers of the highest stature. As students, we were able to challenge, propose and rebuild ideas with the curiosity and spark that runs among youngsters.


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