Advanced Topics in Liberty


Past participants in IHS/Liberty Fund Advanced Topics in Liberty conferences have taken the time to tell us what they thought. Take a look:


“These conferences are an extraordinary opportunity to discuss ideas, broaden my perspective and understanding of complex issues in a way that I would never otherwise have the opportunity to do. It is an invigorating, stimulating, and challenging experience that I would repeat as often as I were allowed.” Liberty, Legitimacy, and Property in Robert Nozick’s Anarchy, State, and Utopia

“This was just the intellectual jolt, the kick in the pants that my dissertation work needed. Thanks!” Socialism After Hayek

“The weekend vastly exceeded my expectations:  good hotel, good food, excellent participants, interesting discussion sessions. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to attend.” Social Capital

“Good intellectual ‘recharge’ and great networking.” Property Rights and the Environment

“I’ve been looking for answers to many of the these questions, and the readings & discussions helped reframe my thinking.Freedom and Virtue

“Didn't really know what to expect the first time around, but was absolutely blown away by how much I learned and took away from the experience.” Law, Liberty and the Rise of the West

"I really appreciated the high quality program. I especially appreciated the networking opportunities." Friedrich Hayek

Level of Discourse

"The sessions really streched me and encouraged me to rethink/re-explore some positions I hold and how I justify them." Moral Foundations of Liberty

"The level of discussion was higher than I've ever experienced." Moral Foundations of Liberty

"Great intellectual environment, and one that, while it has a sense of purpose, does not expect uniformity of opinion or adherence to any particular formulation of liberty." Liberty, Equality, and Redistribution

“The level of discourse was fantastic. It was something I hadn’t experienced since college.” Property Rights and the Environment

Discussion Leaders

“The discussion leader was absolutely terrific in a setting the stage for the discussion, highlighting important points and moderating” The Austrian School of Economics

“I had wonderful conversations with the faculty over dinner about our research.” Hayek’s Law, Legislation, and Liberty

“The discussion leader did a fantastic job of directing the conversation in a very non-intrusive way. He set it, gave the group thoughtful insights to consider, but then let the conversation develop.” Growth of Government

“My background is in economics, but the professor opened me up to the philosophy in Hayek, for which I’m thoroughly grateful.” Hayek on Liberty

Fellow Participants

“My seminar-mates were not merely insightful, but also genuinely friendly, there was great respect for diversity of opinion.” Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America

“Overall I learned much from the reading, but even more from fellow participants.” Hayek on Liberty

“This was a well-chosen group of students who kept the level of discourse high, intellectually engaging from different directions, and fun!” Socialism After Hayek

“I was really impressed by the depth and breadth of the knowledge of the other students. It was quite edifying to hear from people with such a different base of knowledge.” Liberty, Responsibility and the Welfare State

“Meeting such highly educated, intelligent, and cool people is both inspiring and fun.” Social Capital


"I very much enjoyed the readings. They strengthened my understanding of many issues and deepened my questions about many others. I have new questions that I would like to pursue in future research." Law, Liberty and the Rise of the West

"I thought [the readings] were really interesting—almost certainly I wouldn’t have had the chance to read them had I not participated in this conference." Liberty, Responsibility and the Welfare State