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We’re just three weeks away from the largest libertarian student gathering of the year, and the big names keep rolling in! I’m excited to announce that Gov. Gary Johnson and Julie Borowski will be joining us at ISFLC16.

3a10207fe3a14ec23a2b9e925ec59fbc.pngGary Johnson served as the 29th Governor of New Mexico from 1995 to 2003, as a member of the Republican Party, and was theLibertarian Party nominee for President of the United States in the2012 election. During his governorship, Johnson set state and national records for his use of veto and line-item veto powers — more than the other 49 contemporary governors combined. He is a candidate for the Libertarian Party presidential nomination in the 2016 election.

WN3fH94v.pngJulie Borowski is a political commentator and YouTube personality. Renowned for her humorous take on current events,Julie’s videos regularly break 100,000+ views, parodying hot topics such as gun control, campus censorship, and radical feminism. At ISFLC16, Julie will be sharing the secrets to her success, offering tips and tricks for young people interested in making a career in the commentary world.

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After reviewing dozens of nominations, Students For Liberty is pleased to announce the final ballot for the ISFLC16 Awards. Vote your picks for Student, Event, and Student Group of the Year now until February 12th.

Student of the Year
  • Anna Shnaidman — Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel)
  • Cory Massimino — Seminole State College (USA)
  • Julio Lins – Universidade do Estado do Amazonas (Brazil)

Honorable mentions: Anna Klvanova  (CEVRO Prague – Czech Republic), Angel Lauver (University of Florida – USA), Brandon Clements (University of Oregon – USA), Kevin Suarez (De Anza College, USA), Sam Dunkovich (University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, USA)

Event of the Year
  • El Toborochi y la Libertad — Universidad Santa Cruz (Bolivia)
  • Gustavo Franco lecture — DCE Ibmec (Brazil)
  • Liberal Youth Seminar (Hong Kong)
Student Group of the Year
  • Ajuricaba – Manaus, Amazon (Brazil)
  • Eagles for Liberty — Florida Gulf Coast University (USA)

Click here to learn more about each candidate and vote. You can vote once a day every day until Friday, February 12th. 

CWW-hU_WcAADunOOkay, you’re totally pumped about the liberty movement. You go to conferences like ISFLC and other freedom-inspired events. You may even have a blog or two.

Suddenly it dawns on you to consider grad school. You know, get a PhD and really get some cred teaching at universities or writing policy papers at think tanks. But what do you really know about grad school? Which ones are right for you? What departments are freedom friendly? How do you apply? What about funding? Finally, the two most important questions: what will grad school be like, and are you even right for grad school in the first place?

Yes, plenty of questions that need to be answered, or at least considered. Fortunately if you’re attending this year’s ISFLC, you’re in luck. On Friday, February 26, The Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) will be running a lunch session, “Is Grad School Right for You?”

WP1-300x159We’ve been trying our best to excite you about the 9th International Students For Liberty Conference (ISFLC16) this week. We announced NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake and award-winning comedian Jeremy McLellan will be speaking.

But here’s the deal: our discounted hotel rate expires on Monday. Also, our registration price increases another $10 on the very same day. So, if you’re looking to save, it’s now or never.

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In an attempt to better share our current activities with our network, SFL is beginning an SFL Around the World blog post series. At the beginning of each month, each region will post an update to their regional blog page to share their current activities. Please stay tuned for more updates next month!

Fresh off an amazing 2015, North American leaders have returned to campus and started 2016 off with a bang.

SFL Campus Coordinator Kaytee Moyer caused quite a stir with her PennLive op-ed “Hey Baby Boomers- thanks for that $18 trillion in debt you left us.” Her article, calling out older generations for their fiscal mismanagement, was viewed by tens of thousands of people and drew in close to one thousand comments!

image03On the academic side, Campus Coordinator Jason Lee Byas had his paper “Assessing Abolition” accepted for presentation at the 2016 APEE conference. Executive Board Chairwoman Emily Rhorick received an honorable mention as a nominee for FEE’s Leonard E. Read Distinguished Alumni Award.

At Troy University, Executive Board member Jeremiah Baky decided to take on the issue of free speech by bringing back a 200 year old tradition, the soap box and megaphone!

Campus Coordinator Cory Massimino has helped launch a new virtual reading group that looks at the intersection of classical liberalism and Black Studies. image01This innovative reading group will dive deep into the abolition of slavery, the civil rights movement, black power and mass incarceration.

With below seasonal temperatures, Campus Coordinator Bela Cunningham and Executive Board Member Angel Lauver handed out hot chocolate to cold students at the University of Florida.

January has proven to be an amazing month for North American activism, and it will only get better come February!

Please view our regional blog pages for updates on SFL’s other regions.