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


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

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.


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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:

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12749956_453297491531040_2144194347_nAs we look back on yet another amazing ISFLC weekend — from passionate debates on how to best advance liberty, to a surprise visit from Vermin Supreme — you may be asking yourself how to become more involved in advocating for individual liberty on campus.

Your timing couldn’t be better!

If you apply for SFL’s Campus Coordinator program by Friday, March 4th, not only will you be considered for the premier program in student organizing but, you will also receive an extra $75 activism grant for applying early if you are accepted. 

That’s right. In addition to the opportunity to develop your own leadership skills and make a serious impact on campus, you’ll get even more resources for pursuing creative activism than usual. But only if you get your application in by the end of THIS WEEK.

So, whether you want to use that money for a new tabling kit, material for a Free Speech Wall, or anything else you can dream up, apply soon before it’s too late. Just click below and fill out the form:

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mccobsOn behalf of Students For Liberty (SFL), I’d like to thank you for registering to the 9th International Students For Liberty Conference (ISFLC16). As Co-Founder and President of SFL, I cannot express how excited I am for another weekend with the best and brightest student activists and thought leaders the movement has to offer.

Last year, we started a new ISFLC tradition by picking a theme for the conference. The theme for ISFLC16 is, “The Liberty Vote.”

Here in the United States, we are in the middle of presidential primary season — and what a dark election it has been so far. Among the many candidates in the race are a self-described socialist on the left and arguably a fascist on the right. Americans are clearly craving change, but the new candidates they are turning to share the same old statist philosophy that has brought us to this point.

There is another way. It’s called liberty.

That’s what ISFLC16 is ultimately about. The conference is a special time and place every year where the liberty movement can network, debate, and display to the world the best ideas we have to offer. While many of you may not be voting in the coming weeks out of principle, our generation will ultimately decide the world’s political fate. For that reason, we are the Liberty Vote.

ISFLC-2015-hires-1977.jpgFor the past 10 months, SFL’s staff has been hard at work designing a program with our partner organizations centered around these ideas of voting and the future of freedom. To that end, we’ve got plenty of sessions for you to look forward to, such as Reason’s Friday night panel with George Will on the future of libertarianism and Young Americans for Liberty’s Saturday afternoon debate between Jack Hunter and Jeffrey Tucker on ideas versus politics. Check out the full schedule of events in our official program booklet.

Also, we’ll be asking you to cast a vote at the conference in our annual Students For Liberty Straw Poll. With so few presidential candidates espousing a pro-liberty message, it will be interesting to see which candidate libertarians think is the best… or the least bad. Vote online in our primary poll on Friday and our general poll on Sunday. We’ll be announcing the winners at the closing session.

We encourage you to share your ISFLC16 story on Twitter and Facebook. Use the hashtag #ISFLC16, and SFL just might repost what you have to say!

Thanks again for registering for ISFLC16. Prepare yourself for a weekend you won’t soon forget. Registration opens at 2 PM tomorrow, and the mainstage session starts at 6 PM.

1914372_10153879227994153_4943353493015931166_nWomen For Liberty and Ladies of Liberty Alliance are joining forces to bring together all of the liberty-minded women from around the world during the International Students for Liberty Conference in Washington, D.C.!

Meet other women from around the globe who, like you, love liberty. Share your experiences, learn from your fellow ladies of liberty, and build your support network. You don’t have to attend the conference to come have lunch, but you do have to be a lady of liberty.

Join us on Saturday, February 27th at the Stones Throw Restaurant & Bar in the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel from 12:15pm-1:15pm. Please bring $20 cash for your lunch!

RSVP here!

isflc-liberty-vote-rotatorWith the new year just around the corner, the 9th International Students For Liberty Conference (ISFLC16) is quickly approaching. Alumni For Liberty plans to be there in full force, and I hope you’ll join us! Here’s a round-up of the conference opportunities available exclusively to AFL members:

  1. If you haven’t already, register now FOR FREE: As a current AFL member, you’re entitled to complimentary admission to ISFLC — a $65 value! Just select “Alumni For Liberty Member” as your Registration Type, and you’re good to go! You won’t want to miss unforgettable speakers like P.J. O’Rourke and Pussy Riot’s Nadezhda Tolokonnikova. Plus, I’ll be contacting you in the next few weeks with all the details about our exclusive AFL lounge as well as opportunities to meet some of the headlining speakers in person.
  2. If you need travel assistance, SFL will pitch inOne new membership perk I’m excited to announce is travel scholarships for AFL members. You’re eligible for a reimbursement of up to $100 to help get to the conference! It doesn’t matter what your preferred method of transportation is — plane, train, automobile, or hoverboard — just fill out our quick application and save your receipts.
  3. Nominate your pick for Alumnus of the YearAs I mentioned last week, SFL is shaking up the way it does its Alumnus of the Year Award – the conference’s most coveted prize. Now, the power is in your hands as an AFL member to nominate your pick for a winner. Past recipients have included venture capitalist Peter Thiel and Whole Foods CEO John Mackey, so think big about who you want to nominate, and you might just meet him or her at ISFLC16!

I hope to see you next February for what will be the freest conference Washington, DC will ever experience!

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