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.
The Trading Game
Bargain and barter your way to a better understanding of how markets work. Follow up by debriefing with the faculty on how you and your classmates performed…then enjoy your winnings (if you came out a winner)!
The American Revolution
Explore the political philosophy and historical circumstances that drove Americans to break with Great Britain and form a republic. Discuss the Founders' achievements, flaws, and legacy. Consider how we can use the positive legacy of Revolution in light of today's challenges.
Lunch & Free Time – Talk, explore, run, throw a Frisbee, read, nap…it’s up to you! (*Tuesday afternoon and evening are free for participants to visit friends nearby or explore the surrounding areas.)
Free Your Mind
Sure, you've read George Orwell's "1984" and Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World," but have you been challenged to think about the rich history and deeper symbolism of dystopic literature? What do series like Joss Whedon's "Firefly" or shorts like "Epic 2015" say about free will? Individualism? The role of the government?
Dinner – Continue your conversations (you won’t run short on topics).
Values & the Free Society
Engage in a discussion with the evening lecturer and other seminar participants about the values that are important in a free society. Think about how we can live peacefully in a complex society in which people have many different interests.
Join a faculty-led small group discussion to consider the questions that have been lingering and developing throughout the day. Raise new concerns, and hear what your fellow students thought about the issues you learned about!
Enjoy a drink, some friendly debate, and in-depth discussions that linger late into the night.