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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!

 

Vote Now!

 

You may remember the No Nanny Corner Store events we held earlier this year in Toronto and Calgary. The story was picked up by some pretty big news outlets.

Well, now’s your chance to be part of the action at the next No Nanny Corner Store stunt – this time in Ottawa!

SFLcanadanonannyOn Wednesday, December 14th SFL Canada will once again be taking over a corner store and filling it with our specially-created plain-packaged products.

We plan on giving people a glimpse into what the world would look like if we let government get away with overtaxing, over-regulating, or straight up banning everything that isn’t good for you.

The store will be decked out with all of the “appropriate” warnings, and we will be giving out “government approved” bags of chips, pop, and chocolate bars.

But I need your help to pull this off!

If you’re interested, just reach out to me at dclement@studentsforliberty.org

 

Here are some details:

  • The store will run from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm (Wednesday, Dec. 14th)
  • We will go to Parliament Hill to hand out materials from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • And if you need assistance getting to Ottawa, just let me know and we’ll help you get here!

Looking forward to another great event!

Graduating soon and looking for a great opportunity?HRF logo

Our friends at the Human Rights Foundation might have a position that’s right for you! Right now, there are a few positions open, ranging from a Communications Specialist (requires two years’ experience in communications, journalism, or public relations) to a variety of internships.

Internships currently open are:

  • Legal Intern: Under the guidance of HRF attorneys, the interns will research from diverse sources of legal information, including treaties, international decisions, domestic legislation and decisions, government and institutional records, academic papers, journals, etc. They will draft memoranda memorializing the results of research, and may also assist in drafting other articles and writings related to international human rights.
  • Conferences and Event Intern: The event intern will work closely with the Freedom Forum program team on event coordination related to the 2017 Oslo Freedom Forum, which will take place May 22-24, 2017, as well as other events hosted by HRF. Main tasks will include conference logistics, including booking travel and arranging visa applications for international attendees, as well as drafting social media posts and researching speakers and performers.

If you’ve got a strong passion for individual rights and want to make a difference in the world, consider applying for one of these great opportunities. Click here for more information and instructions to apply.