Seminars & Conferences

The Institute for Humane Studies holds a number of in-person seminars and conferences throughout the year, as well as a number of online programsIHS also offers advanced invitation-only academic programs for scholars who attended IHS Summer Seminars or received funding through IHS fellowship programs.

Educational Programs

Summer Seminars

This summer, discover how individual liberty has shaped the modern world. IHS weeklong Summer Seminars deliver the ultimate libertarian learning experience: brilliant teaching by top-tier faculty, stimulating discussion, and meaningful interaction with peers from around the world. Choose from 5 seminars hosted at colleges across the United States from May to July.

IHS On Campus Events

Make liberty your weekend plan! Campus-based Weekend Exploring Liberty Seminars offer undergraduate students an introduction to individual liberty. Get acquainted with classical liberal ideas and meet liberty-minded peers through lectures, thoughtful discussions, and opportunities to socialize.

Advanced Topics in Liberty, by Invitation

IHS and Liberty Fund co-sponsor invitation-only weekend conferences holding discussions about the ideas of liberty and a free society. A faculty member guides fifteen participants from various backgrounds through a Socratic-style investigation of the challenges, questions, and concepts framed by a set of readings. Participants, primarily select alumni from other IHS programs, receive full scholarships including travel and lodging expenses.


Academic Programs

Summer Research Colloquium

The Research Colloquium allows graduate students to present their research in a conference-style setting to top scholars in their field. The colloquium presents a unique opportunity to receive constructive feedback on papers with an emphasis toward publication readiness.

Advanced Policy Seminars

This research-oriented seminar will explore current trends in scholarship surrounding the erosion of civil liberties, emerging threats to the right to privacy, the legal and ethical implications of the growing surveillance state, and the political economy of police and military budget expansion.

Career Development Seminars

The Institute for Humane Studies hosts Career Development Seminars designed to help graduate students think strategically about how to land a job in academia, gain tenure, and contribute to the academic and intellectual conversation.


Faculty Programs

Current Research Workshops, by Invitation

Junior faculty are given the opportunity to present their research papers to distinguished panels of scholars during these day-long workshops. Two experts comment on the research and provide valuable feedback.