Advanced Studies: The Challenges and Future of Liberty
July 28-August 3 | Bryn Mawr College, Philadelphia, PA area

This high-level seminar gives well-versed classical liberal students and recent graduates the opportunity to test and sharpen their ideas by applying libertarian thought to difficult problems and questions. Participants think critically and debate about the classical liberal perspective—its past, current state, and possible future trajectories.

Advanced Studies: The Challenges and Future of Liberty

Stephen Davies 

IHS Program Officer & IEA Education Director, Institute for Humane Studies & Institute of Economic Affairs.
Steve Davies is program officer at the Institute for Humane Studies. He joined IHS from the United Kingdom where he was Senior Lecturer in the Department of History and Economic History at Manchester Metropolitan University. Dr. Davies co-edited, with Nigel Ashford, The Dictionary of Conservative and Libertarian Thought and wrote several entries for The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism, edited by Ronald Hamowy, including the introduction. He is the author of Empiricism and History and several articles and essays on topics including the private provision of public goods and the history of crime and criminal justice. He recently completed a book on the history of the world since 1250 and the origins of modernity. »»

John Hasnas

Business, Georgetown University
John Hasnas teaches courses in ethics and law at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. He is currently working on a number of papers, including "The Centenary of a Mistake: One Hundred Years of Corporate Liability," "The Supreme Court and the Meaning of Life: A Legal and Philosophical Primer on the Right to Die," and "Reflections on Prince, Public Welfare Offenses, American Cyanamid, and the Wisdom of the Common Law." Previous works by Dr. Hasnas have appeared in publications such as the American University Law Review and the New York University Journal of Law & Liberty. »»

Ben Powell

Associate Professor of Economics, Suffolk University
Ben Powell's primary fields of research are economic development, Austrian economics, public choice, and housing economics. He teaches ecnomiics at Suffolk University. He is also a senior economist with the Beacon Hill Institute and a research 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. Dr. Powell is the 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). »»

Douglas B. Rasmussen

Philosophy, St. John’s University
Douglas B. Rasmussen is Professor of Philosophy at St. John’s University. He received his B.A. from the University of Iowa and his Ph.D. from Marquette University. His areas of research interest are epistemology, ontology, ethics, and political philosophy as well as the moral foundations of capitalism. He has authored numerous articles in such journals as American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, American Philosophical Quarterly, International Philosophical Quarterly, The New Scholasticism, The Personalist, Public Affairs Quarterly, Social Philosophy & Policy, The Review of Metaphysics, and The Thomist, and in many scholarly anthologies. He guest edited TELEOLOGY & THE FOUNDATION OF VALUE—the January 1992 (Volume 75, No. 1) issue of The Monist. He is coauthor (with Douglas J. Den Uyl) of Liberty and Nature: An Aristotelian Defense of Liberal Order (1991); Liberalism Defended: The Challenge of Post-Modernity (1997); and Norms of Liberty: A Perfectionist Basis for Non-Perfectionist Politics (2005). »»

David Skarbek

Political Science, Duke University
Professor Skarbek is the Searle Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Duke University. His research focuses on applied microeconomics, political economy, and institutions. His research has appeared in numerous academic journals including the American Political Science Review, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Journal of Law, Economics, & Organization, Social Choice & Welfare, and American Journal of Economics & Sociology. He learned the economic way of thinking at San Jose State University, where he received the James F. Willis Award for Excellence in Economics. In 2010, he earned a Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University. »»