Liberty & Scholarship: Critiques and Challenges

This is the most advanced seminar in the IHS lineup, created with future academics and other opinion influencers in mind.

June 13 – 19, 2015  ● Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA

Liberty & Scholarship: Critiques and Challenges

Liberty & Scholarship June 13-19

David Schmidtz 

David Schmidtz is Kendrick Professor at the University of Arizona. He teaches in Philosophy and in Economics and holds a courtesy appointment in the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship at Eller College of Management.  He is editor of Social Philosophy & Policy and is the Freedom Center's founding director. Dave also was named National Phi Beta Kappa Scholar in Philosophy for 2014-15.  Dave was runner-up to Engineering Professor Young-Jun Son as 2013's Outstanding Graduate Mentor at the U of A. His students have published articles in Journal of Philosophy and Ethics. Oxford, Cambridge, and Princeton University Presses have published their books.  After graduating from Arizona in 1988, he spent the next three years at Yale as Assistant Professor, then three more as Associate Professor. Along the way, he enjoyed a year at Chapel Hill as a Yale Morse Fellow, another year at Kansas State while on Yale sabbatical, and three semesters in Bowling Green with Philosophy and the Social Philosophy and Policy Center. He returned to UA in 1995.   

Benjamin Powell

Benjamin Powell is the Director of the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University and a Professor in the Rawls College of Business. He is the North American Editor of the Review of Austrian Economics, past President of the Association of Private Enterprise Education, and a senior fellow with the Independent Institute. He earned his B.S. in economics and finance from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University. Professor Powell is the author of Out of Poverty: Sweatshops in the Global Economy (Cambridge University Press: 2014), editor of Making Poor Nations Rich: Entrepreneurship and the Process of Development (Stanford University Press: 2008) and co-editor of Housing America: Building Out of a Crisis (Transaction: 2009). He is author of more than 50 scholarly articles and policy studies. His primary fields of research are economic development, Austrian economics, and public choice. Dr. Powell's research findings have been reported in more than 100 popular press outlets including the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. He also writes frequently for the popular press. His popular writing has appeared in the Investor's Business Daily, the Financial Times (London), the Christian Science Monitor, and many regional outlets. He has appeared on numerous radio and television shows including, CNN, MSNBC, Showtime, CNBC, and he was a regular guest commentator on Fox Business's Freedom Watch. 

David Hart

David Hart was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. He did his undergraduate work in modern European history and wrote an honours thesis on the radical Belgian/French free market economist Gustave de Molinari, whose book *Conversations on Saint Lazarus Street* (1849) he is currently editing for Liberty Fund. David completed an M.A. in Modern European history at Stanford University and also worked for the Institute for Humane Studies (when it was located at Menlo Park, California) where he was founding editor of the *Humane Studies Review: A Research and Study Guide*. He received a Ph.D. in history from King’s College, Cambridge on the work of two early 19th century French classical liberals, Charles Comte and Charles Dunoyer. Since 2001 David has been the Director of the Online Library of Liberty Project at Liberty Fund in Indianapolis <>. He is currently the Academic Editor of Liberty Fund’s translation project of the *Collected Works of Frédéric Bastiat* (in 6 vols.) David is also the co-editor of two collections of 19th century French classical liberal thought (with Robert Leroux of the University of Ottawa), one in English, *French Liberalism in the 19th Century: An Anthology* (Routledge, 2012), and another in French called *The Golden Age of French Liberalism* (2014).