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Discussion Colloquia invite faculty and graduate students to discuss and debate foundational texts and contemporary scholarship on the nature of free societies.

Advanced Topics in Liberty: City-States as Alternatives to Nation-States

November 11–13, 2022
Washington, DC metro area
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Advanced Topics in Liberty: City-States as Alternatives to Nation-States

Washington, DC metro area · Event date: November 11–13, 2022

Discussion Leader

Professor Sanford Ikeda, Purchase College, SUNY

Overview

The modern world largely consists of massive nation-states and the attendant problems that accompany them. But history is cluttered with an unending array of small states dependent upon innovation, trade, and liberal policy. What’s more, modernity itself offers us the ability to renew and rejuvenate the search for alternatives to the nation-state. As part of our upcoming “Advanced Topics” series co-sponsored with Liberty Fund, IHS will host a Discussion Colloquium on “City-States as Alternatives to Nation-States.” The discussion will be led by Sanford Ikeda, professor of economics at Purchase College, SUNY, and will be held in the Washington, D.C. area.

The IHS will pay for all lodging and meals at the event as well as a travel stipend and $500 honoraria for your time and efforts.

Runaways, Rebels, and Maroons: Living Freely in a State of Unfreedom

November 16 - February 23, 2023
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Runaways, Rebels, and Maroons: Living Freely in a State of Unfreedom

Zoom · Event date: November 16 - February 23, 2023 · Event time:2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Institute for Humane Studies is inviting applications to “Runaways, Rebels, and Maroons: Living Freely in a State of Unfreedom,” a series of four discussions about enslaved and colonized peoples experimenting in creating their own new zones of freedom. Please note that participants are expected to acquire their own readings and will receive an honoraria of $125 plus a $50 book stipend per session. As several of these readings are very recent publications, participants are encouraged to acquire copies as soon as possible upon registration.

Schedule

One Wednesday per month November 2022 – February 2023 from 2 – 4 PM ET

Advanced Topics in Liberty: 'Modern Monetary Theory and Populism'

January 27–29, 2023
Washington D.C. metro area
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Advanced Topics in Liberty: 'Modern Monetary Theory and Populism'

Washington D.C. metro area · Event date: January 27–29, 2023

January 27-29, 2023

Overview

While many proponents of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) present it as a new and insightful disruption in macroeconomic theory, it is essentially the old “state theory of money,” or chartalism. The main notion involved is that money is a state monopoly and the state’s job is to provide enough money to meet the people’s financial needs. The theory, therefore, carries great weight among populist politicians, with a variety of illiberal results. To foster a better understanding of MMT, its connections to populist politics, and what Classical Liberals can do to improve the state of macroeconomics, IHS and Liberty Fund will host an “Advanced Topics” discussion colloquium for late-stage graduate students. The conference will be moderated by an expert in the field and hosted at a date to be determined in the Washington, D.C. area.

The IHS will pay for all lodging and meals at the event as well as a travel stipend and $500 honoraria for your time and efforts.

A Responsible Singularity: Tech Ethics and Unpredictable Change

March 10–12, 2023
Washington, DC metro area
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A Responsible Singularity: Tech Ethics and Unpredictable Change

Washington, DC metro area · Event date: March 10–12, 2023

“Singularity” can mean many things in different fields, but for those who work in technology, a singularity is a moment of extraordinarily punctuated technological change so severe that society afterward is entirely different than it was before. Contenders for technological singularities in the past include the discovery of fire, the invention of agriculture, and the advent of heavy industry, but for the next several decades many experts are looking toward artificial intelligence. Importantly, though, the results of technological singularities are impossible to predetermine or control, and no one knows whether the change will yield more liberty or more tyranny. With the hope that the next generations of Classical Liberal scholars can help inform and influence technological development toward more peace, prosperity, and individual liberty, the IHS and Liberty Fund will be hosting an “Advanced Topics” discussion colloquium for late-stage graduate students. The conference will be moderated by an expert in the field and hosted at a date as yet to be determined, in the Washington, DC area.

The IHS will pay for all lodging and meals at the event as well as a travel stipend and $500 honoraria for your time and efforts.

Advanced Topics in Liberty: Examining the New History of Capitalism and Its Critics

April 21–23, 2023
Washington, DC metro area
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Advanced Topics in Liberty: Examining the New History of Capitalism and Its Critics

Washington, DC metro area · Event date: April 21–23, 2023

The “New History of Capitalism” is among the more recent and (for many Classical Liberals, at least) controversial trends in academia. In order to foster productive and interdisciplinary engagement with the field, its major practitioners, and some of its most important works, IHS and Liberty Fund will be hosting an Advanced Topics discussion colloquium in the Spring of 2023. An audience of late-stage graduate students will discuss the origins and impacts of capitalism as presented by leading scholars within “The New History of Capitalism,” as well as some leading criticisms of the field. The conference will be moderated by an expert in the field and hosted at a date to be determined in the Washington, D.C. area.

The IHS will pay for all lodging and meals at the event as well as a travel stipend and $500 honoraria for your time and efforts.

Collaborate with academics on current research topics through moderated panel discussions and breakout sessions.

Examining the Intersections of Immigration and Culture

October 21, 2022
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Examining the Intersections of Immigration and Culture

Zoom · Event date: October 21, 2022 · Event time:2:45 – 5:45 PM

Current debates over immigration have shifted away from the potential economic effects of increased migration to the cultural and institutional impacts. In this Academic Research Symposium, there will be two online panels discussing the interplay between institutions and culture. The first panel will disentangle what cultural assimilation is and why it matters in the context of immigration. The second panel will survey current attitudes toward immigration and how best to respond to these reactions in a way that addresses the concerns of those for and against freer migration. Come join us for these important conversations on the frontlines of academic discovery!

  • Reactions and Attitudes Toward Immigration
    October 21, 2022 │ 2:45 – 5:45 PM │ Online via Zoom
  • Exploring Assimilation and Its Challenges
    November 4, 2022 │ 2:45 – 5:45 PM │ Online via Zoom
  • Methods & Analysis in Culture and Immigration
    November 18, 2022 │ 1:30 – 7:00 PM │ Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Institutional Effects of Foreign Intervention

November 18, 2022
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Institutional Effects of Foreign Intervention

Fort Lauderdale, Florida · Event date: November 18, 2022 · Event time:2:00p.m. ET

Institutional Effects of Foreign Intervention

2:00p.m. ET, November 18, 2022, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Keynote Speaker

Christian Bjørnskov, (Aarhus University in Denmark)

Panelists

Kevin Grier, (Texas Tech University)
Abigail Hall, (Bellarmine University)
Indra de Soysa, (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

Overview

Join the Institute for Humane Studies for a research symposium on “The Institutional Effects of Foreign Intervention” ahead of the Southern Economic Association’s (SEA) 2022 Annual Meeting on November 18, 2022. This event will feature a keynote address from Christian Bjørnskov of Aarhus University and a panel highlighting recent research in the field, including the impact of colonialism and regime changes on economic development.

IHS will provide participants with a $300 stipend to cover the cost of one night of hotel for this program.

IHS attends multiple conferences a year across a variety of academic disciplines. Catch up with IHS staff, learn about our support, and participate in 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)

Western Political Science Association (WPSA)

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.