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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.

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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!

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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Students For Liberty and our network of activists are regularly featured in national and international media outlets on a wide variety of topics. Below are some examples of SFL’s media presence during December 2016.

  • We’ve been leading the fight against counterproductive vaping regulations in North America. In the USA, our Senior Development Officer Yaël Ossowski criticized the Nanny State’s anti-vaping bias here.
  • Meanwhile, our Director of North American Programs David Clement joined Ossowski in arguing against proposed e-cigarette regulations in Canada here as part of our ongoing #NoNanny campaign. Clement has also made appearances on various radio stations to discuss SFL’s activism in this area.
  • The growth of Students For Liberty was highlighted in French newspaper La Croix as a key example of how classical liberal ideas are becoming more popular amongst young people. Read the full article in French here.
  • Bill Wirtz, a local coordinator at European Students For Liberty, wrote about Europe’s war on tobacco for the Mises Institute here.
  • Jake Goldberg, a sophomore at Tufts University and guest contributor at Students For Liberty, detailed his experiences of fighting against harmful campus speech codes on Rare.us. Read the full article here.

 

Today, it’s my pleasure to announce a few great speakers from the Cato Institute who will be covering everything from Trump to tech at ISFLC17:

“Privacy in the Age of High-Tech Police Tools” – Adam Bates & Matthew Feeney

adambatesfeeney_20140520-14Law enforcement is taking advantage of new technologies such as StingRays and drones which, while allowing police to more easily find suspects, pose a wide range of significant privacy concerns. The Cato Institute’s Matthew Feeney and Adam Bates discuss how we can protect privacy amid the emergence of new and intrusive technologies.

“President Trump: How did we get here, and where do we go now?” – Emily Ekins

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Donald Trump was elected President despite pollsters’ nearly unanimous predictions to the contrary. Emily Ekins, a Cato Institute Research Fellow who focuses on public opinion and polling, will explain how. She will also explore what Trump’s election means for libertarians and where we should go from here. Emily’s publications include “The Libertarian Roots of the Tea Party” and “Public Attitudes toward Federalism: The Public’s Preference for a Renewed Federalism.”

“What to do about ISIS?” – Trevor Thrall

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Fifteen years after 9/11, the United States is still arguing about how to deal with terrorism. Most Democrats argue that the United States should stick with the current strategy, while many Republicans think the U.S. should step up the fight. Cato Institute Senior Fellow Trevor Thrall offers his own perspective on how to best confront one of the world’s most vexing foreign policy problems.

 

Register for #ISFLC17 today!


Free Speech Track at ISFLC17

And if free expression is your issue of choice, you’re in luck! This year’s conference will feature a full track of break-out sessions centered around issues in censorship and speech.We’ll be announcing more soon, but check out the first Free Speech Panel today:FIRE

Sponsored by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, this panel will feature Molly Nocheck, who leads the FIRE Student Network, and Senior Program Officer Marieke Tuthill Beck-Coon.

Entitled “Leave a Legacy: The Fight for Civil Liberties on Campus,” the panel will cover the basics of your free speech and due process rights as a college student, how you can help advance your rights on campus, and how FIRE can help you achieve those goals.

Hear from these and all of our other wonderful speakers at the Tenth Annual ISFLC! Register now by clicking below:

Register for #ISFLC17 today!