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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.

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 honorarium 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. This event takes place January 27-29 in the Washington, D.C. area and will be moderated by an expert in the field.

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.

Social Trust and the Future of Democracy

February 7–May 2, 2023
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Social Trust and the Future of Democracy

Zoom · Event date: February 7–May 2, 2023 · Event time:2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Overview

The Institute for Humane Studies invites graduate students to apply for “Social Trust and the Future of Democracy,” a series of four online discussions exploring how declining social trust could impact democracy’s future. You may apply for one or more sessions.

Please note that accepted applicants are asked to acquire the reading materials on their own, whether through their institution’s library or by purchasing books. Participants receive a $125 honorarium plus a $50 stipend per session to purchase books.

Reading List

February 7 – “Social Trust and Institutions” 

March 7 – “Social Trust and Economic Growth” 

April 4 – “Diversity and Social Trust” 

May 2 – “Polarization and Social Trust” 

Schedule

One Tuesday per month, February–May 2023, from 2 to 4 PM Eastern Time.

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.

Measuring Racial Bias in the Criminal Justice System

January 2, 2023
San Diego, CA
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Measuring Racial Bias in the Criminal Justice System

San Diego, CA · Event date: January 2, 2023 · Event time:1:30–6:45p.m.

Keynote Speaker

Tom Tyler, Yale University

Panelists

Daniel Chen, University of Toulouse
Janani Umamaheswar, George Mason University
Jonathan Klick, University of Pennsylvania

Overview

Questions of how racial bias impacts the criminal justice system have taken center stage in the wake of the George Floyd protests and resulting reform and defund efforts. But gathering robust data on racial bias within the criminal justice system brings its share of challenges, including issues of what qualifies as bias, and how to accurately measure it. This symposium will highlight the latest research in this area, as well as explore new avenues for study. The keynote address will be delivered by Tom R. Tyler of Yale Law School.

This seminar will take place prior to the annual AALS meeting in San Diego.

Schedule

Monday, January 2
*All times are listed in Pacific Time

1:30–2:00 p.m. | Registration with Coffee
2:00–2:15 p.m. | Welcome and Opening Remarks
2:15–3:00 p.m. | Keynote Address by Tom Tyler, Yale University
3:00–3:15 p.m. | Coffee Break
3:15–4:30 p.m. | Panel: Measuring Racial Bias in the Criminal Justice System
4:30–4:45 p.m. | Opportunities at the Institute for Humane Studies
4:45–6:45 p.m. | Cocktail Hour with Hors D’oeuvres

The Future of Housing

January 5, 2023
New Orleans, LA
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The Future of Housing

New Orleans, LA · Event date: January 5, 2023

Keynote Speaker

Edward Glaeser, Harvard University

Panelist

Albert Saiz, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Alain Bertaud, New York University
Siqi Zheng, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Overview

New and innovative technologies are changing housing, from the way homes are built and sold to where homes need to be in a world of remote work and distance learning. Join the Institute for Humane Studies for a research symposium, featuring a keynote by Edward Glaeser of Harvard University on the rise of smart cities, to explore new research on the impact of emerging technology on housing. This symposium will take place on January 5 at the AEA Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

Schedule

1:30–2:00 p.m. | Registration with Coffee
2:00–2:15 p.m. | Welcome and Opening Remarks
2:15–3:00 p.m. | Keynote Address by Edward Glaeser, Harvard University
3:00–3:15 p.m. | Coffee Break
3:15–4:30 p.m. | Panel: The Future of Housing
4:30–4:45 p.m. | Opportunities at the Institute for Humane Studies
4:45–7:00 p.m. | Cocktail Hour with Hors d’Oeuvres

The Causes and Consequences of War

January 5, 2023
New Orleans, LA
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The Causes and Consequences of War

New Orleans, LA · Event date: January 5, 2023 · Event time:2:30–7:30p.m. CT

The Causes and Consequences of War, 2:30–7:30p.m. CT, January 5, 2023, Omni Riverfront Hotel, New Orleans, LA

Keynote Speaker:

Christopher Blattman, University of Chicago

Panelists:

Sefa Awaworyi Churchill, RMIT University
Soloman Polachek, Binghamton University
Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili, University of Pittsburgh

Overview:

Join the Institute for Humane Studies for an academic research symposium on “The Causes and Consequences of War,” Thursday, January 5 before the opening of the American Economic Association (AEA) annual meeting. This event will feature a keynote address by Professor Christopher Blattman, University of Chicago, who will discuss his recent book, “Why We Fight: The Roots of War and the Paths to Peace.” Following the keynote, there will be a panel exploring the unintended consequences of war over time. Panelists include professors Sefa Awaworyi Churchill, Solomon Polachek, and IHS Distinguished Fellow Jen Murtazashvili. The audience will have the opportunity to ask questions after the panel and prior to a concluding cocktail reception.

IHS will provide participants with a $300 stipend to cover the cost of one night of hotel costs 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)

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

Check back often for program updates.

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.