About IHS

History & Mission

Founded in 1961 by F.A. “Baldy” Harper, the Institute for Humane Studies advances a freer society by discovering and facilitating the development of talented, productive students, scholars, and other intellectuals who share an interest in liberty.


Learn about our staff, guest lecturers, and alumni.

IHS Values

Explore the values that guide our operations and culture.

Job Openings

Pursue a career in ideas by joining the IHS team.

Outstanding IHS Alum Award  

An annual award for outstanding achievement by an alumnus of IHS programs.

Support IHS

Help us teach students about the principles of freedom and support a new generation of professors, journalists, policy experts, and filmmakers who have the potential to advance liberty in their careers.

IHS Gear

Liberty is in fashion! Pick up a tote bag, t-shirt, coffee mug, and more at our IHS Gear store. Designs include a re-imagined Mt. Rushmore (see who’s on it!), a stylized portrait of our founder Baldy Harper, and IHS logos.


Spread the word about our programs with flyers, banner ads, videos, and more.

Directions to IHS

By car, plane, or segway, we'll help you get to our offices.