IHS/SFE Weekend Exploring Liberty at Northwood U.

April 1–3 , 2011
Northwood University Campus
Midland, MI 

Weekend Exploring Liberty examines the historical, economic, and philosophical foundations of a free society and how these principles apply to contemporary issues. The seminar brings together undergraduates for an introduction to classical liberal ideas during an informative and enjoyable weekend of lectures, discussions, and evening socials. 

The seminar will examine peaceful, voluntary approaches to organizing a prosperous and free society. You'll be encouraged to ask fundamental questions about government intervention and private initiatives. 

  • What is the proper role of government?
  • How should societies balance individual rights and public interests?

The ideas of great thinkers such as Locke and Mill will be used to analyze policy issues such as education reform, freedom of expression, and the social safety net. Discussion groups will touch on the practical and moral benefits of freedom, and how non-governmental solutions can address social problems such as discrimination.

The Institute for Humane Studies and Students for a Free Economy have joined together to sponsor this seminar. 

"The brilliance of speakers and the inquiring minds of the participants make this a can't miss for anyone even slightly curious about the classic liberal view of the world." 
Michael O'Brien, Weekend Seminar Participant

Lecture Topics


The faculty are available throughout the seminar to discuss lecture topics and answer questions. 


Northwood University CampusThe seminar takes place on the campus of Northwood University in Midland, Michigan, a peaceful, 400-acre setting along the banks of a nearby river.


The seminar begins at 3:00 p.m. on Friday and ends at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. Please ensure you can attend the entire weekend before applying.

There is no cost to attend. All materials, books, meals, and snacks are provided at the seminar. A limited amount of lodging is available on first-come-first-served basis. Please contact Christopher Deming for more information.

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The application deadline has passed. Consider attending a summer seminar.

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