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Check out and apply for one of these summer seminars organized by the Independent Institute!

Who Wants to Live Free? 2015 Challenge of Liberty 

Premier free market education for college students

  • Denver, Colorado: June 1-5
  • Boulder, Colorado: June 8-12
  • Berkeley, California: July 6-10

Challenge of Liberty seminars provide college-aged students with the ethical and economic principles of free societies that are essential to understanding, appreciating, and preparing for real world issues that lie ahead.

  • Study free market economics with leading economists
  • Embark upon an immersive, intellectual journey through the foundations of liberty in western civilization and the historical and economic framework of free markets
  • Join other independent-thinking students from the West and around the world in open discussions on the practical implications of free societies

Our five-day series of lectures, readings, films, presentations, and debates teach what economics is, how it affects your life, and how understanding it can help achieve a better life for you, your communities, and the world at large.

Informative, inspiring, and fun, Challenge of Liberty is an ideal way to

  • Stay intellectually engaged over the summer
  • Bolster your personal network while creating meaningful and lasting relationships
  • Build your own legacy for liberty

See what is on the curriculum for 2015.

Faculty members include distinguished economists, philosophers, and political theorists from across the nation including Steve HorwitzLawrence White, Ivan Pongracic, Ben Powell, Michael Huemer, Kyle SwanJose Yulo, Robert HiggsAbigail Hall, Ryan Yonk, and others.

Apply: Scholarships are available for tuition, room and board with your accepted application.

For more information contact:

Amy Lee Andres
Student Programs Manager
510-632-1366 x 156

Any world-conscious person should have heard by now of the tragedy that occurred in France on January 8th and 9th, 2015. A total of seventeen people were killed because of extremism, religious motives, offense, and a controversial cartoon. French people across the country were (and still are) outraged, saddened, and deeply affected by the loss of Charlie Hebdo’s creative team as well as a police-woman: innocent lives. I arrived in Lyon, France on the 5th of January, ready to start my semester abroad. Three days later, I was thrown into this whirlwind of emotion with the rest of France; I experienced the reaction of French people first-hand, as one of their fellow citizens and as a foreigner. I am also experiencing the aftermath of the tragedy: increased security, solidarity movements, and history in the making. I would like to share with you my observations and my interpretations of this event as a libertarian, and as a foreign student.


Who’s ready for a new profile pic? Immediately following Dr. Paul’s talk at the #ISFLC15, attendees will have the opportunity to get their photo taken with the good doctor! From 7:30-8:30 pm EST, Dr. Paul will be in the Marriott Ballroom posing for photos with as many attendees as time allows, first come first serve. If you’d rather skip the long lines, head over to the All Conference Reception and enjoy two free drinks, included in your registration!

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When I was 6 years old, my mother made a decision that would change my life forever. She decided to homeschool me. I consider this to be one of the luckiest things that ever happened to me. I think it brought my family closer together, taught me to learn for the sake of learning without constantly worrying about grades, and I got a good education, probably better than what I might have received otherwise. However, like most minorities, there are negative stereotypes about the homeschooling community, and sometimes there is even legislation based on those stereotypes. I want to take the time to tell you about my experience as a homeschool alumna and hopefully help you rethink some of these stereotypes. When people try to pass legal restrictions on homeschooling, it’s important to ask if these restrictions are based on real data or false assumptions.


(As if you needed that many…) The International Students For Liberty Conference, or ISFLC as all the cool kids call it, is the premiere event of the year for students dedicated to liberty and advancing freedom in the world. The world’s largest crowd of pro-liberty students will gather for a weekend of learning about liberty from contemporary leaders in liberty, discussing best practices for promoting liberty on campus, getting more involved in the larger movement for liberty, and enjoying a massive celebration of freedom! Register here! Below are 20 reasons why you need to be there.