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Students For Liberty is pleased to launch SFL Presents! SFL Presents is an opportunity for our network to engage with the best and brightest the liberty movement has to offer via Facebook Live. Our inaugural event will be an interview between the incredible Jeffrey Tucker and Ayn Rand (as played by Jennifer Grossman of the Atlas Society).

The Facebook Live event will take place at 6:00pm ET on Wednesday January 25th. If you would like to ask Ayn Rand a question, simply use the hashtag #AskAyn!

If you are reading this on a phone or computer, you have everything you need to join one of SFL’s virtual reading groups. VRGs grant readers the opportunity to discuss books with liberty minded people all around the world. Under the guidance of an expert, you can read and learn about a variety of different social, political, and economic thoughts and ideologies. It is a great way to discuss ideas, develop essential critical thinking skills, and connect with friends and fellow libertarians. These groups are open to all and a free book is provided on behalf of Students For Liberty. This February, SFL is offering two amazing virtual reading groups:

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Co-hosted by the Institute for Humane Studies, Deschooling Society will begin Thursday, February 9th at 6pm EST. Join Dr. Kevin Currie-Knight to discuss the role of the state in public education. Written by Ivan Illich, the book argues that a society must abolish state regulated education to have a complete separation of church and state. The discussion will consider his arguments and  question whether higher pay for teachers and higher standards for learning could fix the lingering problems of public education. According to Illich, the state’s involvement in education is a fundamental attack on freedom and liberty.

Sign up here:  Apply Now

 

 

15976946_1498333713529586_7857340871981543290_nAlso, join CEO of Istanbul Network for Liberty, Ali Salman, to discuss Islamic Foundations of a Free Society. The book dives deeply into the compatibility between Sharia Law and a free society. The group will discuss Muslim thought, societal-based welfare, freedom of choice, economic freedom, and jihad and political change. Join Ali Saturdays at 11am EST, starting February 26th. This is a great group if you are interested in the cultural, social, governmental, and economic repercussions of religion and its role in the state throughout various points in history.

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Don’t miss your chance to discuss freedom with these amazing experts!

Each year, the International Students For Liberty Conference features art from libertarians around the world. As the Ama-Gi Art Exhibit has grown and changed, it’s taken many forms and featured brilliant artists like Joe Turpin. A South African artist, Turpin exhibited internationally for the first time at ISFLC16 and went on to be featured in other major exhibitions, including at the Tate Modern in London.

This year, the Ama-Gi Art Exhibit is back, and we’ve got an amazing addition to the judging panel — legendary Gonzo artist, Ralph Steadman.

 

ralphRalph Steadman began his career as a cartoonist satirizing the British social and political scene of the 60s. In the 1970s, responding to what he called “the screaming lifestyle of America” he teamed up with Hunter S. Thompson which resulted in his iconic drawings for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and collaborations ranging from The Kentucky Derby to The Curse of Lono. He produced a book of his collected impressions of America, the Scar Strangled Banger, in 1974.

His work continues to influence and inspire artists around the world today and he’s planning an retrospective tour of America starting in fall 2017. But, before that, you can hear from him at ISFLC17

He’ll be Skyping in direct from his studio in Kent to give a guided tour of his work space, showing little seen pieces along the way, and then opening up the floor for an audience Q&A. He may even put pen to paper for a live demonstration of his inimitable technique!

screen-shot-2017-01-10-at-15-25-24He’s also agreed to help judge the art featured in the Ama-Gi Exhibit, and the winner will receive a signed print like that to the right in addition to a ticket to our prestigious Awards Dinner and recognition on the ISFLC Main Stage. 

So, make sure and get your submission in before the deadline tomorrow night at midnight (Friday, January 13th).

We accept submissions in any medium, including digital art, photography, sculpture, painting, collage, fashion, film, and performance. This will be a great opportunity to exhibit at a conference with over 1,500 attendees! If your submission is accepted, you will automatically receive free conference admission.

Submit your artwork now!

Do you aspire to be a young professional? One step on this path is an opportunity presented by our friends at the Adam Smith Institute (ASI) in London.adamsmith

ASI hosts an annual ‘Young Writer on Liberty’ competition centered around a certain theme and this year’s theme is the opportunities, challenges, and obstacles that come with new technologies.

Think of how modern technology will change the world and what policy implications will come along with genetic engineering, driverless cars, augmented reality, or anything else which will fit the essay theme. Essays focusing on the principles of free markets and individual liberty will get special consideration. (more…)

It may be gray and gloomy outside, but this speaker’s unflagging optimism could brighten anyone’s day.

Get excited for economic historian and author of Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future, Johan Norberg!

 

It is my great pleasure to announce that Johan Norberg will be speaking at this year’s International Students For Liberty Conference (ISFLC17). A die-hard classical liberal, Norberg hosts “Dead Wrong,” an internet sensation.

Check out this episode from December on the legacy of Fidel Castro: 

In addition to creating these web shorts, Norberg works as a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute and is a member of the Mont Perelin Society. He’s also the author of In Defense of Global Capitalism and has an interesting story of becoming a classical liberal — after starting out as a left-anarchist, he started to see flaws in the romanticization of pre-Industrial society so popular on the left. He soon adopted the philosophy of pro-market libertarianism, which he felt “took freedom seriously.”

So, if you’re someone who takes freedom seriously, defends markets, and loves to learn, register now to hear from Johan Norberg at this year’s ISFLC: 

Register for #ISFLC17 today!


ISFLC Awards Nominations

If you haven’t nominated your picks yet for the 2017 ISFLC Awards, make sure and do so before THIS Sunday, January 15th! IMG_4465-1-044680-edited.jpg

The ISFLC Award Ceremony is one of the highlights of the conference every year, recognizing the best in libertarian student activism. After last year’s success, we’re reprising the full Awards Dinner program with Johan Norberg as the keynote speaker and a chance to meet many of SFL’s supporters and friends.

Award winners will not only get complimentary registration to ISFLC17, and travel to the conference, but will also be admitted to the dinner! And, yes, you can nominate yourself.

Don’t miss your chance to choose this year’s winner, vote now!

 

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