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Interested in expanding your knowledge of liberty this summer? Check out these great summer seminars and apply now before it’s too late!

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The Independent Institute is hosting its Challenge of Liberty seminars this summer. These 5-day events are open to all students between the ages of 18-35 who are enrolled in an college or university.

Students accepted to either of the programs in Colorado will automatically receive a scholarship to attend, while those accepted to the California seminar may apply for a scholarship award.

Applications are due May 1, 2015.

Click here for more details.

                                                                                        Atlas Society – The Atlas Summit 2015

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The Atlas Society is hosting its Atlas Summit 2015 this June 18-21 in Nashua, NH.

Students interested in learning more about Objectivism through a series of talks and workshops are encouraged to attend.

Students may be eligible for tuition waivers and room and board scholarships, as well as limited travel funding. A separate application is required.

Apply by May 11, 2015 for the best chance at getting a scholarship.

Click here for more details.

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I’m excited to invite you to the Free Women Forum, happening in Austin, Texas on Saturday, April 18th! As a Campus Coordinator for Students For Liberty, I saw a need for further outreach to women and conceptualized something that addressed issues that are important to us. So, together with the Libertia Society and the Institute for Humane Studies, we’ve created an event that is like nothing you’ve ever seen before!

This day long educational conference will bring together some of the most vocal voices in the movement to discuss topics circulating women in liberty. Speakers like Angela Keaton, Daniel D’Amico, and Robert Anthony Peters will lead sessions broken down into categories like “Women and the State” and “Thinkers We Can Learn From.” Ideas will be presented from all across the ideological spectrum in innovative and interactive formats.

Individuals are not only attendees, they’re participants. There will be opportunities for you to take a role in a dramatic reading of Antigone, participate in small group discussions, and connect with organizations that will enable you to leave this event better equipped with the knowledge and support to go out and expose others to the ideas of liberty, specifically with outreach to women in mind.

Check out the website and Facebook event page for more information, and make sure to officially register to reserve your space. Mark your calendars and invite your friends, this isn’t an event that you will want to miss!

ayn_rand_introLove Ayn Rand’s thought-provoking novel Atlas Shrugged? Looking for a good reason to read the lengthy tome? Interested in earning a cash prize up to $20,000? Well the Ayn Rand Institute has set October 23rd as this year’s entry deadline for its essay contest, so get an early start and put your summer break to good use!

The contest is open to 12th grade high school students, college undergraduates, and graduate students.

The institute will pay out the following prizes for the best essays:

  • 1st place $20,000
  • 2nd place$2,000 (3 Winners)
  • 3rd place $1,000 (5 Winners)
  • Finalists $100 (25 Winners)
  • Semifinalists $50 (50 Winners)

ARI also has essay contests for 8th grade and high school students. These essays are based on the texts Anthem and The Fountainhead. There will be nearly 500 prizes awarded for these contests, with top prizes of $2,000 and $10,000, respectively.

Click here to get the rest of the details for each essay contest.

Note: When you submit your entry, choose ‘Other’ for the “How did you heal about the contest?” and enter either Students For Liberty or SFL in the “Please specify:” box.

 

The following is part of Satire for Liberty, a blog series by Suzanne Schaefer.

WASHINGTON, DC – In what has become the largest collective boycott ever recorded in the United States, and indeed, in the history of all of mankind, every one of the approximately 120 million American taxpayers nationwide has decided to boycott the IRS by refusing to file their taxes, sources confirmed Monday.

“We all just kind of decided not to do them this year,” explained Sara Freeman of Fishers, Ind., “I mean, what’s the point? It’s not like we get a say in where it goes. Plus, I’d really like to finish my basement.”

Tired of funding one of the largest, most inefficient institutions in the world, Freeman further explained why every single taxpayer felt it was no longer in their best interests to continue paying the government large amounts of their hard-earned money for its mediocre services.

“In theory our taxes go to worthwhile things from which we all benefit like transportation, national security, and healthcare, but really it goes to a gazillion aesthetically pleasing, supposedly necessary programs that don’t even work,” remarked Freeman. “Frankly, the negatives greatly outweigh the positives on this one. Plus, if the government crapped out tomorrow it’s not like humanity would go with it. Government does not make the world go ’round.”

Though still concerned about his nation’s ability to responsibly handle its massive budget, Tyler Wyatt of St. Louis, Mo. is even more anxious about the realities of some of the things his money is actually funding.

“Honestly, I’m really struggling with the fact that by funding the government I’ve been inadvertently enabling, continuing, and contributing to the coercion and killing of random people around the world with my tax dollars. Not to mention what its going to in the States,’ said Wyatt.

After a long, contemplative pause, Wyatt went on to cite the drug war, prison systems, and police as areas of concern. “Everyday there’s another story about some cop beating the life out of a defenseless person…Nah, man, I’m not paying for that shit.”

Yet, Wyatt is just one of a stunning 100% of American taxpayers who feel that they do not in fact appreciate or support the multitude of harm inflicted by their government. Rather, citizens everywhere have expressed the desire to use their money for other things.

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We are thrilled to announce that for the first time, SFL will be hosting three Campus Coordinator Retreats! Retreats this year will be held in Denver, Texas, and Washington, DC.

Each year, SFL accepts the brightest and most promising student leaders in North America to the Campus Coordinator Program where they learn to build up a community for liberty on their campus and in their surrounding area. Each incoming Campus Coordinator takes part in an online summer training program that culminates in the Campus Coordinator Retreat. The retreat brings incoming CCs together to learn from seasoned leaders, meet their colleagues, form a strategy for the year, and–most importantly–forge relationships with other pro-liberty leaders in the U.S. and Canada.

This year, we are pleased to announce that the growing size of the  CC class warrants not one, but three Campus Coordinator Retreats.

SFL Regions

  • Incoming Campus Coordinators in the West and Great Plains regions will be invited to the retreat taking place in Denver, July 17-19.
  • Incoming CCs in Texas will be invited to the Lone Star regional CC Retreat, July 17-19.
  • Incoming CCs  in all other regions will be invited to the CC Retreat taking place in Washington, DC from July 25-26.

Each retreat will feature regional breakout sessions in which leaders make plans for the year, craft a strategy for spreading liberty, and work with their Regional Director to ensure they have all of the resources and support they need to be successful. Retreats also include discussions and presentations from seasoned SFL leaders, lectures from movement leaders, and ample social time to meet fellow SFL leaders.

The Campus Coordinator Retreats are exclusive SFL events open only to those students who have successfully completed the online summer CC training. If you want to join in on the festivities but haven’t yet applied to the CC Program, it’s not too late! You can still apply to be a part of the premier leadership training program in the liberty movement by submitting an application.