Do you want to spend a weekend in sunny San Diego, CA or Arlington, VA discussing advanced topics in liberty with your peers?  Do you want to engage in important intellectual questions in classical liberalism?  Then hurry up and apply to one of two SFL & Liberty Fund Symposia coming up this March, because applications close in two days.

These symposia provide undergraduate, graduate, and recently graduated students with forums to discuss advanced topics in liberty with leading scholars.  Better yet, participants enjoy accommodations, food, & drink for the duration of the weekend — on us.

Remember, applications now close on January 10, 2014!

Find out more and apply here!


Hayek and Keynes on Human Nature and Liberty between March 21 to 23 in Arlington, VA.

Discussion Leader: Dr. Bruce Caldwell

Bio: Bruce Caldwell joined the Economics Department in 2008 as a Research Professor and the Director of the newly established Center for the History of Political Economy. He is the author of “Beyond Positivism: Economic Methodology in the 20th Century”, first published in 1982. For the past two decades his research has focused on the multi-faceted writings of the Nobel prize-winning economist and social theorist Friedrich A. Hayek. Caldwell’s intellectual biography of Hayek, “Hayek’s Challenge”, was published in 2004 by the University of Chicago Press. Since 2002 he has been the General Editor of “The Collected Works of F.A. Hayek”, a collection of Hayek’s writings published jointly by the University of Chicago Press and Routledge. Caldwell has held research fellowships at New York University, Cambridge University, and the London School of Economics. He is a past president of the History of Economics Society and of the Southern Economic Association, a past Executive Director of the International Network for Economic Method, and a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge.

Symposium Description: Hayek and Keynes were undoubtedly two of the most influential figures in twentieth-century economics. At the core of their differences was a relatively simple question: does the market self-correct or should the state intervene to correct imbalances? Keynes contended that greater levels of government intervention were necessary to protect against fluctuations in the business cycle, but Hayek argued that government intervention in the economy would introduce damaging, and potentially long-lasting, distortions. Attendees will receive copies of works from both Hayek and Keynes.

Liberty, Legitimacy, and Property in Robert Nozick’s “Anarchy, State, and Utopia” from March 14 to 16, 2014 in San Diego, CA.

Discussion Leader: Dr. Matt Zwolinski

Bio: Matt Zwolinski is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of San Diego, and co-director of USD’s Institute for Law and Philosophy. He is the editor of Arguing About Political Philosophy (2nd edition forthcoming with Routledge in 2014), the founder of the Bleeding Heart Libertarians blog, and author (with John Tomasi) of A Brief History of Libertarianism (forthcoming with Princeton University Press in 2014), along with numerous papers on various theoretical and practical issues of exploitation.

Symposium Description: Nozick’s work remains the best known and most influential defense of classical liberalism. This conference will explore many of themes addressed in the book such as individual natural rights, a conception of social and economic order as emergent and spontaneous rather than designed and commanded, and an understanding of economic justice as the product of voluntary, free market interactions. Attendees will receive a copy of Anarchy, State and Utopia.