Liberty and Current Issues
July 28-August 3 | Towson University, Baltimore, MD area

How do classical liberal ideas translate into sound public policy? This seminar considers how the libertarian tradition can help frame responses to current policy questions and problems. Participants analyze emerging policies in light of their bearing upon individual liberty. Ideal for students and recent graduates with a beat on current events and interest in policy-related careers.

Liberty and Current Issues

Students and professor talking

Liberty & Current Issues seminars explore classical liberal thought in the context of contemporary problems and events. Top faculty from colleges and universities across the country and policy scholars from Washington, D.C.’s Cato Institute offer fresh economic, legal, and philosophical insights into the challenges facing today’s society. Within their week at Towson University, students will take a daytrip to spend time at the Cato Institute for a special lineup of talks from policy experts, culminating in a reception and dinner with a keynote speaker. Participants will also have a few hours of free time to explore Washington, D.C.

Students gain a deeper understanding of government workings and develop critical thinking skills by analyzing emerging policies and their bearing upon individual rights. Central questions of the week include:

  • Is there a consistent framework for evaluating current policy solutions?
  • How do classical liberal ideas contribute to understanding current issues such as health care, immigration, the deficit, and education? What are the solutions offered by this framework?

Topics Sampling

  • Liberty and 'Sustainable' Growth
  • Political Speech and the First Amendment
  • Big Business and Unions
  • The State and Modern War
  • Education and School Choice
  • Law vs. Legalism


The faculty includes professors and Cato Institute scholars from a range of disciplines including economics, philosophy, law, political science, and public policy. Read about the speakers at each seminar.

Students are responsible for travel costs; IHS covers program costs, books, housing, and meals.

“The intellectual stimulation to be gained from attending an IHS seminar is unparalleled. The multidisciplinary environment is fertile ground for innovative ideas." – Colin Hottman

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