2013 Summer Seminars
An engaging introduction to the foundations of a free society, exploring the historical, economic, and philosophical roots of libertarian thought. Ideal for undergraduates and recent graduates seeking to understand classical liberal ideas and apply the principles of liberty to contemporary issues.
May 25-31 ● Wake Forest University, Winston–Salem, NC
July 20-26 ● Bryn Mawr College, Philadelphia, PA area
Can we achieve just outcomes in society without government force? Do free markets contribute to or help solve financial crises? What should the government do (and not do) to promote freedom and well-being? Participants will tackle core cultural issues through the lenses of the humanities and social sciences. Ideal for students seeking to add nuance and depth to an existing understanding of libertarian principles.
June 15-21 ● Bryn Mawr College, Philadelphia, PA area
June 22-28 ● Loyola Chicago, Chicago, IL
July 13-19 ● Chapman University, Orange County, CA
An examination of capitalism from moral and philosophical perspectives, raising questions about the proper interplay of business and government in a free-enterprise system. Discuss topics like capitalism and poverty, business ethics, encroaching paternalism, and the difference between market and government failure. Designed for students who are familiar with classical liberal principles and interested in the ethical foundations of free markets.
July 13-19 ● Wake Forest University, Winston–Salem, NC
IHS Special Topics Summer Seminars: “Champions of Liberty Seminar Series”
Choose from two below!
A tour of libertarian intellectual heritage and game-changing political thought from the 17th through mid-19th century, examining the foundations for liberty laid by Hume, Smith, Locke, America’s Founding Fathers, and more. Learn about the impact of radical reformers in the Civil War era, individualist anarchists, and Tocqueville’s views on American democracy. Discuss critics of classical liberal thought like Marx, Engels, and Rousseau. Connect the libertarian intellectual heritage to the emergence of civil rights and other issues relevant for today. This seminar is ideal for IHS summer seminar alumni and students who are familiar with the libertarian conceptual framework.
July 27-August 2 ● Bryn Mawr College, Philadelphia, PA area
A look at the ideas, battles, and legacy of the most important 19th and 20th century champions of liberty such as Mill, Mises, Hayek, Friedman, Rothbard, Rand, Nozick, Buchanan, and Tullock. How did these thought leaders advance liberty in the face of violent totalitarianism and creeping statism? How did they address their challengers like Keynes, Rawls, and Cohen? Finally, who will carry their legacy into the 21st century? This seminar is ideal for IHS summer seminar alumni and students who are familiar with the libertarian conceptual framework.
June 8-14 ● Chapman University, Orange County, CA