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Social Media, Trust, and Community

February 1, 2024
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Social Media, Trust, and Community

Zoom · Event date: February 1, 2024 · Event time:3:30–5:00 PM ET

Overview

To help ensure that technological progress continues to improve individual lives, the Institute for Humane Studies is convening an interdisciplinary group of faculty, graduate students, and professionals to explore how social media is changing the nature of community, including trust within and between communities. 

Join us online for a panel discussion with Shannon McGregor and Kevin Munger, followed by breakout conversations where you can share your expertise and tackle pressing questions with other scholars. This event takes place online on February 1, 2024, beginning with opening remarks at 3:30 PM Eastern Time and concluding with breakout discussions from 4:00 to 5:00 PM.

Please come prepared to discuss your current research and share ideas for future academic research or public-facing work, such as op-eds, on the impact of social media on trust and community. If you have research interests in this area, we encourage you to apply for this opportunity. 

Panelists

Schedule

*All times are listed in Eastern Time

Thursday, February 1

3:15 PM | Room Opens

3:30 PM | Opening Remarks

3:35 PM | Panel

4:00 PM | Breakout Discussions

Open Inquiry in Science

February 21, 2024
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Open Inquiry in Science

Zoom · Event date: February 21, 2024 · Event time:3:30–5:00 PM ET

Overview

The Institute for Humane Studies invites applications for “Open Inquiry in Science,” an interdisciplinary conversation examining barriers to open inquiry in scientific communities. 

Join us online for a seminar-style conversation led by Cailin O’Connor, professor of logic and philosophy of science at the University of California, Irvine. Participants will interact with a small group of scholars for an in-depth discussion of epistemic failures in the sciences and how scientific communities can avoid them.  

While the conversation will be open-ended, please come prepared to discuss these readings, which you can access by clicking the links below:

The conversation will take place online on February 21, 2024, beginning with opening remarks at 3:30 PM Eastern Time and concluding at 5:00 PM. If you have research interests in this area, we encourage you to apply for this opportunity. 

Discussion Leader

Schedule

*All times are listed in Eastern Time

Wednesday, February 21

3:15 PM | Room Opens

3:30 PM | Welcome and Introductions

3:45 PM | Discussion

5:00 PM | Closing Remarks

Economic Policy and Populism

February 22, 2024
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Economic Policy and Populism

Zoom · Event date: February 22, 2024 · Event time:4:30–6:00 PM ET

Overview

Connect with other scholars to discuss economic policy and populism.

This casual networking forum will commence with a brief research presentation from Michael Munger, who is the director of the philosophy, politics, and economics (PPE) program at Duke University. Following Dr. Munger’s presentation, we will hear from Carol Wise, who is a professor of political science and international relations in the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, at the University of Southern California.

Following these opening presentations, participants will be invited to join breakout conversations where they will be encouraged to discuss their own research and identify opportunities for new projects and collaborations.

If you have research interests in this area, we encourage you to apply for this opportunity. This program will take place on February 22, from 4:30 to 6:00 PM Eastern Time, and will be hosted via Zoom.

Speakers

Schedule

*All times are listed in Eastern Time

Thursday, February 22

4:15 PM | Room Opens

4:30 PM | Opening Remarks

4:35 PM | Research Presentations

5:05 PM | Breakout Discussions

5:55 PM | Closing Remarks

Polarization: Global Perspectives

February 28, 2024
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Polarization: Global Perspectives

Zoom · Event date: February 28, 2024 · Event time:3:30–5:00 PM ET

Overview

To help sustain peace, freedom, and prosperity, the Institute for Humane Studies invites an interdisciplinary group of faculty and graduate students to examine the mechanisms and effects of polarization across diverse national contexts.

Join us online for a panel discussion with Jennifer McCoy and David Samuels, followed by breakout conversations where you can share your expertise and tackle pressing questions with other scholars. This event takes place online on February 28, beginning with opening remarks at 3:30 PM Eastern Time and concluding with breakout discussions from 4:00 to 5:00 PM.

Please come prepared to discuss your current research and share ideas for future academic research or public-facing work, such as op-eds, on polarization in countries other than the US. If you have research interests in this area, we encourage you to apply for this opportunity.

Panelists

Schedule

*All times are listed in Eastern Time

Wednesday, February 28

3:15 PM | Room Opens

3:30 PM | Opening Remarks

3:35 PM | Panel

4:00 PM | Breakout Discussions

Drivers of Immigration

March 12, 2024
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Drivers of Immigration

Zoom · Event date: March 12, 2024 · Event time:4:30–6:00 PM ET

Overview

Connect with other scholars to discuss the complex combination of push and pull factors that influence people’s decisions to immigrate to a new country.

This casual networking forum will commence with a brief panel of research presentations on a range of motivations that influence people’s choice to emigrate. Following the presentations, participants will have the opportunity to engage with other researchers working on similar issues and further hone their own ideas. Please come prepared to discuss your current research and share ideas for future academic research or public-facing work, such as op-eds.

This event will take place on March 12, 2024, from 4:30 to 6:00 PM Eastern Time, and will be hosted via Zoom. If you have research interests in this area, we encourage you to apply for this opportunity.

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Corporations and the Online Labor Force

March 12, 2024
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Corporations and the Online Labor Force

Zoom · Event date: March 12, 2024 · Event time:4:30–6:00 PM ET

Overview

Join us for an online research discussion on “Corporations and the Online Labor Force.” This discussion will convene a group of scholars researching various topics related to business, corporate structure, and the rise of Work From Home.

The program will feature a series of brief presentations from a panel of speakers including Drs. Nicholas Bloom, Prithwiraj Choudhury, Emma Harrington and Christos Makridis. Following these presentations, participants will be invited to join breakout conversations where they will discuss their own research projects related to the field. Apply today!

Speakers

Schedule

*All times are listed in Eastern Time

Tuesday, March 12

4:15 PM | Room Opens

4:30 PM | Opening Remarks

4:35 PM | Research Presentations

5:05 PM | Breakout Discussions

5:55 PM | Closing Remarks

Deliberative Democracy and Local Self-Governance

March 26, 2024
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Deliberative Democracy and Local Self-Governance

Zoom · Event date: March 26, 2024 · Event time:3:30–5:00 PM ET

Overview

Local self-governance enjoys a prominent place in the history of American liberalism, but what is its role going forward? The Institute for Humane Studies invites an interdisciplinary group of faculty, graduate students, and practitioners to consider how local self-governance and deliberative democracy could shape the future of liberalism in the United States and around the world. 

Join us online for presentations by Roger Berkowitz and Jen Murtazashvili, followed by breakout conversations where you can share your expertise and tackle pressing questions with other participants. This event takes place online on March 26, 2024, beginning with opening remarks at 3:30 PM Eastern Time and concluding with breakout discussions from 4:00 to 5:00 PM.

If you have research interests in this area, we encourage you to apply for this opportunity. Please come prepared to discuss your current research and share ideas for future academic research or public-facing work, such as op-eds, on local self-governance and deliberative democracy.

Speakers

Schedule

*All times are listed in Eastern Time

Tuesday, March 26

3:15 PM | Room Opens

3:30 PM | Opening Remarks

3:35 PM | Presentations

4:00 PM | Discussion

Authoritarianism and Artificial Intelligence

Wednesday, March 27
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Authoritarianism and Artificial Intelligence

Zoom · Event date: Wednesday, March 27 · Event time:4:30–6:00 PM ET

Overview

AI and related digital technologies are certain to dramatically impact our economy and the nature of our work. But they also will change how governments operate, including authoritarian regimes looking to use them to exercise greater control over their citizens. This program will bring together a multidisciplinary group of scholars to discuss the impact AI will have on authoritarian regimes, and whether the technology will support or hinder freedom in these countries.

This research discussion will feature a series of short research presentations from our discussion leaders, David Yang, Jason Luo, and Eddie Yang, followed by a breakout discussion portion where participants will be encouraged to discuss their current research and identify opportunities for new projects and collaborations. If you have research interests in this area, we encourage you to apply for this opportunity.

This event takes place on March 27, from 4:30 to 6:00 PM Eastern Time, and will be hosted via Zoom.

Speakers

Schedule

*All times are listed in Eastern Time

Wednesday, March 27

4:15 PM | Room Opens

4:30 PM | Opening Remarks

4:35 PM | Research Presentations

5:05 PM | Breakout Discussions

5:55 PM | Closing Remarks

Partisan Divisions and Geographic Sorting

April 2, 2024
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Partisan Divisions and Geographic Sorting

Zoom · Event date: April 2, 2024 · Event time:4:30–6:00 PM ET

Overview

With the aim of sustaining a peaceful, prosperous, and pluralistic society, the Institute for Humane Studies invites an interdisciplinary group of faculty and graduate students to examine how geographic sorting impacts political, ideological, and affective polarization. 

Join us online for a presentation by Dante Scala, followed by breakout conversations where you can share your expertise and tackle pressing questions with other scholars. This event takes place online on April 2, 2024, beginning with opening remarks at 4:30 PM Eastern Time and concluding with breakout discussions from 5:00 to 6:00 PM.

Please come prepared to discuss your current research and share ideas for future academic research or public-facing work, such as op-eds, on partisan divisions and geographic sorting. If you have research interests in this area, we encourage you to apply for this opportunity. 

Speaker

Dante Scala, University of New Hampshire 

Schedule

*All times are listed in Eastern Time

Tuesday, April 2

4:15 PM | Room Opens

4:30 PM | Opening Remarks

4:35 PM | Presentation

5:00 PM | Discussion

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

April 18, 2024
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Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Zoom · Event date: April 18, 2024 · Event time:4:30–6:00 PM ET

Overview

Connect with other scholars to discuss how the proliferation of new technology across the globe impacts entrepreneurial innovation and activity. This casual networking forum will commence with brief research presentations from Drs. Mirko Draca, professor of economics at the University of Warwick; Nabamitta Dutta, professor of economics at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse; and Sofia Johan, associate professor of finance at Florida Atlantic University.

Following the presentations, participants will have the opportunity to engage with other researchers working on similar issues and further hone their own ideas. Please come prepared to discuss your current research and share ideas for future academic research or public-facing work, such as op-eds.

This event will take place on April 18, from 4:30 to 6:00 PM Eastern Time, and will be hosted via Zoom. If you have research interests in this area, we encourage you to apply for this opportunity.

Speakers

Schedule

*All times are listed in Eastern Time

Thursday, April 18

4:15 PM | Room Opens

4:30 PM | Opening Remarks

4:35 PM | Research Presentations

5:05 PM | Breakout Discussions

5:55 PM | Closing Remarks

Meet and collaborate with scholars on a specialized research topic.

Advanced Topics in Liberty: Liberty, War, and Peace

March 1–3, 2024
Washington, DC, Area
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Advanced Topics in Liberty: Liberty, War, and Peace

Washington, DC, Area · Event date: March 1–3, 2024

Overview

An essential component of the liberal tradition has been the principle that peace is preferable to war. This tradition recognizes the dangers of conflict: the direct human cost of war, the growth of power wielded by governments, and the destruction of wealth.

In response, the liberal tradition has emphasized the role of free movement and free trade in improving relations between peoples. Additionally, it has been skeptical of extended interventions abroad.

The ultimate aim of this discussion colloquium is to encourage conversation on the historical and theoretical underpinnings of an approach to international affairs that is compatible with a free society. The discussion will be led by Abigail Hall Blanco, associate professor of economics at the University of Tampa, and will be held in the Washington, DC, area.

We encourage late-stage PhD students and postdoctoral fellows interested in this discussion to apply. Participants will receive a $500 honorarium, and travel stipends will be provided based upon need.

Sessions

I : Moral and Intellectual Foundations of Peace

II: War and the State

III: An Experiment in Peace and War: The United States

IV: Trade as an Antidote to War

V: Cultural Responses to War

VI: Interventionism and Non-Interventionism in Theory and Practice

Advanced Topics in Liberty: The Year 1848 in the History of Liberty

April 19–21, 2024
Washington, DC, Area
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Advanced Topics in Liberty: The Year 1848 in the History of Liberty

Washington, DC, Area · Event date: April 19–21, 2024

Overview

In 1848 there were revolutions in most major European states except Britain. These are often seen as failures but they also had long-lasting consequences, some beneficial to the cause of liberty and limited government, others not. In fact, these events occupy a central yet problematic place in the story of the development of liberty and personal responsibility in the modern West. 

Classical liberals were leading actors in the revolts but some classical liberals opposed them or were deeply skeptical. The outcomes of the various revolutions were in many ways favorable to liberty, but in retrospect they can also be seen as the point where European classical liberalism began to lose its way, particularly in Central Europe. 

The ultimate aim of this discussion colloquium is to encourage conversation on the place of 1848 in the overall history of the development and tribulations of the cause of liberty and individual self-governance and responsibility. The discussion will be led by Stephen Davies, Head of Education at the Institute of Economic Affairs, and will be held in the Washington, DC, area.

We encourage late stage PhD students and postdoctoral fellows interested in this discussion to apply. Participants will receive a $500 honorarium and travel stipends will be provided based upon need.

Sessions

I : Introduction to the Revolutions of 1848 and the One That Did Not Happen—Britain in 1848

II: France 1848 to 1852

III: The 1848 Revolutions in Germany and the Frankfurt Diet

IV: The Revolutions of 1848 in the Habsburg Lands

V: Nationalism and Liberty in 1848

VI: Democracy and Socialism in Opposition to Classical Liberalism in 1848

Join our research community and collaborate on research with academics and explore current topics through moderated panel discussions and breakout sessions.

Perceptions and Impacts of Immigration

April 2, 2024
San Francisco, CA
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Perceptions and Impacts of Immigration

San Francisco, CA · Event date: April 2, 2024 · Event time:1:30–7:00 PM PT

Overview

The movement of people around the world influences and shapes soft institutions, such as social and cultural norms, in receiving countries. Public opinion towards immigration can be influenced by perceived changes caused by migrants coming to a new country, and it impacts the ability of migrants to integrate into a society. 

This symposium will bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars to explore how academic research can be leveraged to better understand how immigration impacts those institutions, how migrants are received in new places, and how public opinion is shaped around those changes or perceived changes in institutions. Topics will include immigration and crime, public opinions and attitudes towards immigrants, and migrant integration and social factors.

This event precedes the International Studies Association (ISA) annual meeting in San Francisco, California. IHS will provide a stipend to offset one night of hotel accommodations for non-local attendees.

Keynote Speaker

Panelists

Schedule

*All times are listed in Pacific Time

Tuesday, April 2

1:30–2:00 PM | Registration and Coffee

2:00–2:15 PM | Opening Remarks

2:15–3:00 PM | Keynote Address

3:00–3:30 PM | Coffee Break

3:30–4:45 PM | Panel Presentations

4:45–5:00 PM | Closing Remarks

5:00–7:00 PM | Cocktail Hour

Constructive Disagreement Online and Offline

April 3, 2024
Chicago, Illinois
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Constructive Disagreement Online and Offline

Chicago, Illinois · Event date: April 3, 2024 · Event time:3:00—7:00 PM CST

Overview

Responding to concerns about rising polarization and declining trust, the Institute for Humane Studies is convening an interdisciplinary group of faculty and graduate students to examine how people disagree and how they can disagree constructively both online and offline. 

We invite you to address these pressing questions with scholars attending the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) annual meeting in Chicago, Illinois. 

The symposium takes place on April 3, 2024—the day before the MPSA meeting starts—beginning with opening remarks at 3:00 PM and concluding at 7:00 PM after a networking reception.

Please come prepared to share your ideas for future academic research or public-facing work, such as op-eds, on constructive disagreement. For your full participation, IHS will provide a $300 stipend to offset one night of hotel accommodations.

If you have research interests in this area, we encourage you to apply for this opportunity.

Keynote Speaker

Panelists

Schedule

*All times are listed in Central Time

Wednesday, April 3

2:30 PM | Registration and Coffee

3:00 PM | Welcome and Opening Remarks

3:15 PM | Keynote

4:00 PM | Coffee Break

4:30 PM | Panel

5:45 PM | Closing Remarks

6:00 PM | Cocktail Hour

IHS attends multiple academic conferences a year across a variety of disciplines. Catch up with IHS staff, learn about our support, and discuss ideas at an IHS-sponsored conference event.

American Economic Association (AEA)

Academy of Management (AOM)

American Philosophical Association-East (APA)

American Political Science Association (APSA)

American Sociological Association (ASA)

Association of Private Enterprise Education (APEE)

Association of American Law Schools (AALS)

International Studies Association (ISA)

Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA)

Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Society (PPE)

Public Choice Society (PCS)

Southern Economic Association (SEA)

Southern Political Science Association (SPSA)

Western Economic Association (WEA)

Participate in conversations around cutting-edge scholarship and fresh perspectives on liberalism from some of the brightest minds in our academic network.

Here is the timeline for our application process:

  1. Apply for a position 
  2. An HR team member will review your application submission  
  3. If selected for consideration, you will speak with a recruiter 
  4. If your experience and skills match the role, you will interview with the hiring manager
  5. If you are a potential fit for the position, you will interview with additional staff members
  6. If you are the candidate chosen, we will extend a job offer

 

All candidates will be notified regarding the status of their application within two to three weeks of submission. As new positions often become available, we encourage you to visit our site frequently for additional opportunities that align with your interests and skills.