University of Leuven (by Brussels, Belgium)
Hosted by the Flemish Classical Liberal Association
Almost one year after having the first European Liberty Conference in Milano, many things have happened in the European Students For Liberty Movement. We just kicked off the European branch of Students For Liberty and recently had our first leadership retreat in London. One of our main tasks for this year will be organizing the first European Students For Liberty Conference (ESFLC) at the Catholic University of Leuven, only a 20 minutes ride from the European capital Brussels, Belgium from November 18th-20th. The conference will be hosted by the Flemish LVSV, which is the world’s oldest pro-liberty campus organization.
The goal of the conference is to bring classical liberal/pro liberty/libertarian students across Europe together, to exchange experience in campus activism, to train students through workshops on activism, and help them to get more pro-liberty campus groups off the ground in Europe. Workshops will be run by senior European and US liberty activists. Besides workshops, the conference will also expose attendees to speeches by great champions of liberty in Europe.
We will also host a Liberty Fair in order to give free market think tanks and activist groups a forum to present their achievements, current projects, and publications, as well as provide students the chance to interact with European pro-liberty organizations.
The conference will begin on Friday afternoon and will end on Sunday at noon, with socials on both Friday and Saturday.
Our first Keynote Speaker is Dr. Tom Palmer of the Cato Institute and the Atlas Economic Research Foundation. We will be announcing more in the upcoming weeks. The conference will feature several breakout sessions addressing different and interesting topics. Pasquale Annicchino (researcher at EUI), for example, will talk about the relationship between religion and classical liberalism/libertarianism and several SFL Executive Board Members will host sessions on “How to Start a Group on Campus” and “Being Young Leaders for Liberty”.
Dr. Tom G. Palmer, Keynote Speaker
Tom G. Palmer is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, and director of Cato University, the Institute’s educational arm. Palmer is also the vice president for international programs at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, and is responsible for establishing operating programs in 14 languages and managing programs for a worldwide network of think tanks. Before joining Cato he was an H. B. Earhart Fellow at Hertford College, Oxford University, and a vice president of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. He frequently lectures in North America, Europe, Eurasia, Africa, Latin America, China, and the Middle East on political science, public choice, civil society, and the moral, legal, and historical foundations of individual rights. He has published reviews and articles on politics and morality in scholarly journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Ethics,Critical Review, and Constitutional Political Economy, as well as in publications such asSlate, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Die Welt, the Washington Post, and The Spectator of London. He received his B.A. in liberal arts from St. Johns College in Annapolis, Maryland, his M.A. in philosophy from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and his doctorate in politics from Oxford University. He is the author of Realizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice, published in 2009.