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What exactly does “liberty” mean? It’s a question Students For Liberty gets asked a lot from curious onlookers at our outreach efforts. After all, “liberty” is a word used and abused by politicians that it can seem like a hallow concept.

To libertarians, on the other hand, liberty is more than a buzzword. It is a necessary condition for human flourishing.

photoThat’s why SFL teamed up with Learn Liberty to produce Liberty 101 — an online course aimed at explaining key concepts of libertarianism to beginners. Users will explore the 10 fundamental principles of a free and prosperous society as they relate to philosophy, economics, and law. Each section is narrated by one of Learn Liberty’s knowledgable expert and includes a engaging quiz question and supplementary materials.

Liberty 101 is broken up into the following three sections:

  • Philosophy & Liberty – Prof. Peter Jaworski from Georgetown University covers the concept of liberty, individualism, toleration, and peace.
  • Economics & Liberty – Prof. Diana Thomas from Creighton University covers the market process, skepticism of power, and civil society.
  • Law & Liberty – Prof. Christopher Koopman from George Mason University covers spontaneous order, rule of law, and limited government.

Best of all, Liberty 101 is completely free and open to everyone! Check out the tailer below and navigate to our landing page to begin the course.

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IHS_logo_RGB_stackedAre you considering graduate school to advance classical liberal ideas? Would you like to receive constructive feedback from a panel of scholars on your research? How about advice on developing journal-quality research for grad school?

If you’re planning to attend the big SFL Regional Conference in Chicago, check out the special Student Research Workshop hosted by the Institute for Humane Studies on Friday, October 23—the day before (How convenient!).

It’s a great opportunity to present research on a topic that delves into the classical liberal tradition. The faculty panel will offer you constructive feedback and advice on crafting journal-quality research for graduate school and beyond. The workshop format will consist of a 15-minute presentation followed by a Q&A.

The workshop will run from 1 pm – 8 pm on Friday, October 23. And like the SFL Conference, it will be held at Loyola University’s Lake Shore campus.

To entice you even more, IHS will also be providing student presenters with dinner and a $200 honorarium (How cool is that?).

For complete details and to register, please visit the IHS Student Research Workshop web page.

This is an awesome opportunity to pick up the kind of research skills you’ll need for graduate school and a career in ideas.

  • What: IHS Student Research Workshop
  • When: 1pm – 8pm, Friday, October 23
  • Where: Loyola University – Lake Shore Campus

13334048894_db638d5080_kStudents For Liberty has joined the Niskanen Center and Tech Freedom in signing an open letter urging President Obama to support the individual’s right to protect their data with strong encryption.

US law enforcement is concerned that strong encryption will make it easier for criminals and terrorists to hide their activities. Many believe that the government should have a back door into private systems. However, any attempt to weaken encryption means making users more vulnerable to malicious hackers, identity thieves, and repressive governments. There’s no such thing as a backdoor that only the government can use. Defending the right to encryption would allow Internet services to flourish, make users more safe and secure online, and allow them to communicate and associate in private. (more…)


Students For Liberty is pleased to announce that applications for the 2016-2017 Campus Coordinator class are now open!

SFL’s Campus Coordinator Program is the premier program for actively advancing the ideas of free markets and individual liberty on college campuses. SFL Campus Coordinators (CCs) are the face of liberty on their college campuses. CCs are the on-the ground activists, empowering students in their areas to defend the ideas of liberty. This highly competitive program seeks out strong student leaders and community organizers to spread the ideas of a free society from the grassroots level by starting new pro-liberty student groups, organizing events to promote the ideas of liberty, resourcing student groups and identifying and mentoring other pro-liberty students.

Click below for more information about the program and how to apply.

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Last month, SFL announced that current students can apply for sponsorship to our fall Charity Poker Tournaments. Our tournament in New York was a smashing success, with several students in attendance thanks to the generosity of our donors. However, the scholarships aren’t quite closed yet! We still have one last poker tournament in San Francisco on October 22nd. If you are a current student or Alumni For Liberty member and would like to play free of charge, please fill out the application below.

SFL’s Poker Tournaments are by far the swankiest donor events of the year. Apply below for a night of good fun and networking with the West Coast’s top libertarian leaders.