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Issues for Classical Liberal Scholars

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What issues do you think need to be addressed more by classical liberal scholars? A few philosophers have given us their opinions in interviews for Kosmos, what are your thoughts on their answers and what would you add? James Stacey Taylor: Children. I think what responsibilities we have towards children is a really difficult issue for classical liberals, because on […]

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Interview with Dr. Brad Birzer

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Jeanne Hoffman talks with Brad Birzer about his career as an academic, his involvement with IHS, working at a small liberal arts college and his advice for aspiring academics. Dr. Birzer is the Russell Amus Kirk Chair in American Studies at Hillsdale College, a fellow at the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville, and a senior fellow at the Intercollegiate Studies […]

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Summer Programs for Undergraduates, AKA: Things You Should Be Applying For Over Winter Break

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Foundation for Economic Education Seminars   Free seminars for college students in Austrian Economics, History, Current Events, and Advanced Austrian Economics in Atlanta and New York.  There are also seminars for high school students. Deadline: January 17.   ISI Undergraduate Honors Program The Honors program includes a week long seminar on America Exceptionalism, and personal mentoring by professors. Deadline: January 17. […]

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Suggested Reading for Your Winter Break

in Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students

The semester is over and winter break is here! What will you do with your time off (aside from finishing your HSF application)? Here are some suggested readings from some IHS staff: Chris Martin (Economics) “The Making of an Economist Redux” by David Colander “The Soulful Science: What Economists Really Do and Why it Matters” by Diane Coyle (not saying that I agree with […]

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The Civil War at 150

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Editor’s Note: This post is from IHS Program Officer Dr. Phil Magness. 150 years ago today the state of South Carolina initiated what it dubbed the “Revolution of 1860″ and set in motion the chain of events that became the American Civil War. Today, the South Carolina secession ordinance marks the beginning of an extended Civil War sesquicentennial over the […]

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The Economist on “The Disposable Academic”

in Graduate Students

What are your thoughts on this piece in The Economist, “The Disposable Academic: Why doing a PhD is often a waste of time“? The editors don’t take a particularly cheery point of view: But universities have discovered that PhD students are cheap, highly motivated and disposable labour. With more PhD students they can do more research, and in some countries […]

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Teaching Comparative Advantage, circa 2004

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If you want to give your introductory econ (or even high school) students a chance to practice the concept of comparative advantage outside of class, the old Desert Island Trading Game might still be useful.  This is an old Institute for Humane Studies project from back in 2004, and (let’s be honest) the graphics weren’t that fantastic even then.  However it is […]

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The History of Economic Thought: A Vast Resource

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Possible classroom resource and website worth checking out: The History of Economic Thought. The site “serves as a repository of collected links and information on the history of economic thought, from the ancient times until the modern day. It is designed for students and the general public, who are interested in learning about economics from a historical perspective.” Resources include […]

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Discussion: Questions for Kantian Philosophers

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Bill Glod: Doesn’t morality ultimately need to get its directive force from sentiments? Otherwise, it seems a skeptic can always ask defenders of Kantian approaches: “But why should I be rational (in the Kantian sense)?” or “Why should I refrain from treating humanity in myself and others merely as means?” or “Why should I act on the basis of universalizable maxims?” […]

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Sustainability in Higher Education

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Last night, Ashley Thorne from NAS and Adam Kissel from FIRE appeared as guests on WNJC 1360, a Philadelphia-based radio station, talking about the campus sustainability movement as the latest trend in political correctness. Adam talked about the residence life program at the University of Delaware that called itself a “sustainability” and “citizenship” program but was really aimed at imparting […]

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