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The nomination period has now ended and we are one step closer to ISFLC17! There were so many great students, groups, and events this year which made the nomination process a competitive event. We are now pleased to highlight these finalists and the work they have brought not just to SFL, but to a freer world.

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STUDENT OF THE YEAR

The finalists are. . .

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Manirakiza Aimable is the Country Director and founder of SFL Burundi. His efforts have led to ten SFL groups being set up at different universities throughout Burundi. While he has made SFL Burundi flourish, his efforts do not stop at the borders, as he has also set up SFL groups in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Aimable is a rising star in the liberty movement and his passion has inspired more than 1,500 other students and led to seminars, debates, events, and most importantly, liberty.

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Co-founder and current president of SFL Indonesia, Imantaka Nugraha has grown SFL Indonesia into something inspiring. As a self-starter, he has spoken at many events throughout the Pacific and helped coordinate the first ever SEASFLC (Southeast Asia Students For Liberty Conference). Last May, he expanded his outreach to Japan and Australia. Nugraha has spoken on topics such as the sharing economy and Uber. Currently, he is writing a book on cryptocurrency. Nugraha’s efforts have proven he has a vision for how liberty will persist through the advancement of technology.

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If you’re part of SFL in the United States, there’s a good chance you’ve heard the name of SFL College Park President Ethan Pritchard. And for good reason; the man is tireless in his pursuit of a freer world. Every week, he’s out there being a role model for all activists. Pritchard has built two large clubs from scratch. He helped organize a regional conference centered around free speech (and beer). And the clubs he has created have become major players within three semesters. A believer in building bridges, Pritchard knows the value of finding common ground with other groups and this has helped him to get nearly 900 new people interested in SFL. (more…)

The following is by John Knetemann, Communications Chair of the North American Executive Board.

Whether you are a Constitutionalist in love with the First Amendment or a radical visionary of dissent, you will find a place in the ISFLC’s Speak Freely Lecture Series. This year, for our 10th anniversary of the International Students For Liberty Conference, we have the honor of hosting some of the most prominent free speech advocates throughout the world.7684998288_1467bfb4d3_z

To start out our lineup, we will have to be somewhere around Barstow in the depth of Bat Country. Fear and loathing comes to the ISFLC with the artist Ralph Steadman, the man responsible for the illustrations of Hunter S. Thompson’s book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Ralph Steadman, via a live Skype interview, will guide ISFLC attendees through his studio in which his greatest expressions of speech were made, and explain his artistic process.

Next up, we have an author and thinker that has been described by The Economist as “puckish,” and has authored the world acclaimed book My Isl@m: How Fundamentalism Stole My Mind – And Doubt Freed My Soul. Amir Nasr joins us this ISFLC to speak on the current threats to free speech today from the political left and right, and how free speech is absolutely vital to democracy now. (more…)

Randal Meyspeakers_meyerer currently serves as legislative counsel for Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) in the United States Senate. Previously, he worked for the Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies as a legal associate, a researcher at Brooklyn Law School, and the chief legal researcher on Fox News for Judge Andrew Napolitano.

Yet, less than two years ago, Randal Meyer got his start writing for Young Voices when it was a Students For Liberty program. Young Voices allowed Meyer the freedom to write about his passions under the guidance of a professional and accredited team.

From his very first piece with Young Voices, it was evident Meyer took a pragmatic and reasonable approach to achieving his goals. “Licensing Requirement Reform: Something We Can All Agree On” detailed his willingness to work with a diverse group on common ground. Randal’s talent did not go unnoticed, as his articles were soon seen on Newsweek, the Huffington Post, Forbes, the New York Post, The Hill, the National Law Journal, and the Brooklyn Law Review. He has either authored or co-authored 60 opinion articles and 16 amicus curiae briefs and has a featured publication in both the L.A. Times and the Washington Post.

Now, you can see Randal Meyer at ISFLC17 as a panelist on the American Council of Trustees and Alumni panel. The topic will be “Combating Censorship: Does Free Speech and Expression Have a Future on Campus?” You can find more information about Meyer and the panel on the ISFLC speakers page. You can also see his Young Voices articles and check out the program for yourself here. 

And if you still need to register for ISFLC, click below to do so today!!

Register for #ISFLC17 today!

“Capitalism is based on self-interest and self-esteem; it hold integrity and trustworthiness as cardinal virtues and makes them pay off in the marketplace, thus demanding that men survive by means of virtues, not vices.”

“If you want to fight for capitalism, there is only one type of argument that you should adopt, the only one that can ever win in a moral issue: the argument from self-esteem. This means: the argument from man’s right to exist — from man’s inalienable individual right to his own life.”

-Ayn Rand

For liberty to succeed, it needs persuasive reasons why the right way to live is to live in freedom — which means, it needs a philosophical and moral base. Join us in a collaborative discussion with other intelligent and motivated students to examine one of the most influential philosophies in the liberty movement.

15825980_10211802260956706_5386845939917711407_nBetween the 1930s and 1960s, the liberty movement was just a handful of economists and writers. Ayn Rand’s novels and essays, especially Atlas Shrugged, launched the liberty movement into broader American awareness and helped it grow into the much larger movement it is today. They continue to attract new advocates for freedom every year.

If you are attending the International Students for Liberty Conference, come a day earlier and learn about Ayn Rand’s unique and integrated framework and its justification of the free society. (more…)

Do you want to spend one week in Prague, Czech Republic this summer? Would you like to learn about classical liberalism there? If you answered yes to both those questions, then we would like to present you with an opportunity you won’t want to miss.prague_at_sunrise

Florida State University is currently accepting applications for the 2017 International Summer Workshop which focuses on “Classical Liberalism in Philosophy, Economics, and Politics.” This workshop is made possible through the partnership of Florida State University and the Cevro Institute, a Czech university.

The workshop will be an intensive one-week-long program where participants learn about classical liberalism, its history, and its applications today. Most days will have two 2-hour sessions consisting of an hour of lecture and an hour of discussion. There will be time to explore and experience the city of Prague.

The 2017 International Summer Workshop will run from July 31 to August 4. There is a participation fee of $1,000 which covers airfare, lodging, and a number of meals.

Applications are due March 15. So don’t wait — apply today! For more information, go here.