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 how the central principle of classical liberalism—individual liberty—relates to government, society, and human nature.
May 25-31 ● Wake Forest University, Winston–Salem, NC
July 20-26 ● Bryn Mawr College, Philadelphia, PA area
The Exploring Liberty seminar introduces classical liberal approaches to creating a peaceful, prosperous, free society. Learn about the historical, economic, and philosophical foundations of individual liberty and encounter influential ideas from pivotal thinkers such as John Locke, Adam Smith, and F.A. Hayek.
The week’s interdisciplinary curriculum shows the importance of liberty from multiple angles, and draws lecturers and students from a variety of disciplines. Throughout the seminar, participants apply the principles of liberty to questions such as:
“What is the proper role of government?”
“How can society solve widespread problems while respecting individual liberty?”
“What are the unintended consequences of government programs?”
Finish the week with a deeper understanding of classical liberalism from philosophical, economic, political, and historical vantage points. Listen to lectures and join discussions covering a range of topics spanning from past to future, practical to theoretical.
- The Harm Principle
- The Financial Crisis
- Liberty in Literature
- Ideals and Failures of the American Founding
- Origins of Law
- Positive and Negative Rights
- The Utility Principle
- The Scottish Enlightenment
- Laws of Economics
- The Growth of Government in America
- Incentives & Institutions
The faculty includes professors from a range of disciplines including economics, history, philosophy, law, political science, and literature. Read about the speakers at each seminar.
Students are responsible for travel costs; IHS covers program costs, books, housing, and meals.