February 14-16 * Grand Hyatt Hotel * Downtown Washington, DC
The International SFL Conference is the premiere event of the year for students dedicated to liberty and advancing freedom on campus. The world’s largest crowd of pro-liberty students will gather for a weekend of learning about liberty from contemporary leaders in liberty, discussing best practices for promoting liberty on campus, getting more involved in the larger movement for liberty, and enjoying a massive celebration of freedom! Additionally, we are excited to announce that this year’s conference will feature free internet and even more improvements for attendees.
Students For Liberty was founded at the first conference in 2008 with 100 attendees. The ISFLC has grown every year in both size and quality of the experience. The 2013 Conference featured over 1,400 attendees at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, DC.
- 2008 – The inaugural Students For Liberty Conference in 2008 drew 100 students from 42 schools in 3 countries.
- 2009 – The 2009 International SFL Conference brought 153 students from 86 schools in 13 countries together.
- 2010 – The 2010 ISFLC drew 304 young liberty advocates through “Snowpocalypse” to Washington DC.
- 2011 – The 2011 conference broke all the previous records with over 500 attendees
- 2012 – Over 1,000 attendees including PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, IHS President Marty Zupan, 58 breakout sessions, partner organizations from across the movement, and a taping of the STOSSEL Show featuring David Boaz, Nick Gillespie, and former UN Ambassador John Bolton.
- 2013 – Over 1,400 attendees including Whole Foods CEO John Mackey, TED Global Africa Fellow Magatte Wade, 90+ breakout sessions, over 60 partner organizations from across the movement, and a taping of the STOSSEL Show featuring Gary Johnson, Congressman Justin Amash, and Ann Coulter.
Friday Evening Taping of The STOSSEL Show
John Stossel is the most recognized libertarian spokesman alive today. His long run as a reporter for ABC’s 20/20 exposed millions of people to the follies of government intervention. His show Stossel on Fox Business News provides a wonderful platform to discuss the ideas of liberty and get them out to a wide audience. We made history in 2011 by recording an episode of the STOSSEL Show at the ISFLC which was later broadcast worldwide on the Fox Business Network. That first show was such a hit that we repeated the feat in 2012 & 2013 with all-star guest lineups the have featured some of the top libertarians of today like David Boaz, Gary Johnson & Nick Gillespie. These shows are so successful at showing the world the strength and size of the student movement for liberty that the STOSSEL Show will be joining us for a record 4th year in a row! This is our chance to once again show the world that libertarianism is not just about the ideas of intellectuals, but the fuel for an international movement of passionate students dedicated to liberty. As with previous years the STOSSEL taping is free & open to the public.
Saturday Night Keynote and Alumnus of the Year: George Ayittey
George Ayittey is a Ghanaian economist, author and president of the Free Africa Foundation in Washington DC. He is a professor at American University, and an associate scholar at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He has championed the argument that “Africa is poor because she is not free”, that the primary cause of African poverty is less a result of the oppression and mismanagement by colonial powers, but rather a result of modern oppressive native autocrats. He also goes beyond criticism to advocate for specific ways to address the abuses of the past and present; specifically he calls for democratic government, debt reexamination, modernized infrastructure, free market economics, and free trade to promote development. We’re excited and honored to bring him to ISFLC and highlight the work he’s done. Check out his TED Talk below:
Sunday Keynote: Ethan Nadelmann
Described by Rolling Stone as “the point man” for drug policy reform efforts, Ethan Nadelmann is widely regarded as the outstanding proponent of drug policy reform both in the United States and abroad. Ethan Nadelmann is the founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, the leading organization in the United States promoting alternatives to the war on drugs. Nadelmann received his B.A., J.D., and Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard as well as a Masters’ degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and taught at Princeton University for seven years. He has authored two books – Cops Across Borders and (with Peter Andreas) Policing The Globe.
Nadelmann and his colleagues have played pivotal roles in most of the major drug policy reform ballot initiative campaigns in the United States on issues ranging from medical marijuana and marijuana legalization to prison reform, drug treatment and reform of asset forfeiture laws. They also have reformed state and federal laws involving drug sentencing, access to sterile syringes to reduce HIV/AIDS, access to drug treatment, prevention of overdose fatalities, and all aspects of marijuana policy. Nadelmann also plays a key role as drug policy advisor to George Soros and other prominent philanthropists as well as elected officials ranging from mayors, governors and state and federal legislators in the U.S. to presidents and cabinet ministers outside the U.S.
In addition to honoring George Ayittey on Saturday night as our Alumnus of the Year and Ethan Nadelmann as our closing keynote, we’re also excited to be featuring more main session talks throughout the day on Saturday & Sunday. Already set to speak are John Allison - President & CEO of the Cato Institute, Lawrence Reed - President of the Foundation for Economic Education, David Kelley – Founder and Executive Director of the Atlas Society & more! We’ll be confirming many others over the next few months but make sure to take a look at the speakers we already have now and check back often as we update this list.
Once again we have arranged for a discounted price for rooms booked in our rooming block at the Grand Hyatt Washington, DC where the 2014 ISFLC will be taking place. Book now at our room rate of $175/night. Split amongst 4 people, that’s about $44/night which is a great price for downtown Washington, DC. Last year the entire hotel was booked over a month before the conference and we expect demand to be even higher this year so make sure to make your reservations early! Note: When you click this link you will be redirected to the Hyatt’s reservation page for our group. In order to reserve a room choose “Attendee” from the drop down menu and fill out the rest of your info.
If you’re interested in being a sponsor at the ISFLC you can find information on the different packages we offer here. With over 1600+ attendees expected, the ISFLC is a must-attend event for any organization interested in reaching pro-liberty young people. Make sure to contact us early as tabling space is limited and last year we had so much interest we had to turn some organizations away. Current sponsors for the conference can be found here.
Registration at the conference will open at 1pm on Friday, February 14th, and the main conference program will begin at 5:00pm that evening with our 4th annual STOSSEL show taping. Additionally on Friday we will have pre-conference breakout sessions taking place at 3:30. The program will start 10am on Saturday and run until 8pm that evening. The conference will conclude on Sunday at 1:00pm. Make sure to book your travel so you can attend the entire event! You do not want to miss a second of the program we’ve got planned this year. More information regarding the schedule will be released as we get closer to the event.
One of the highlights of the International Students For Liberty Conference is the Annual Awards Presentation. The student movement for liberty is full of passionate, hard working individuals, and we seek to honor their efforts. Award recipients are chosen based on their hard work, organizational skills, value creation, innovation, and entrepreneurship. This year, SFL will present awards for Student of the Year, Event of the Year, and Student Group of the Year along with the Alumnus of the Year, which will be going to George Ayittey. Information on how to submit nominations for these awards will be coming out later in the fall.
Sponsored by the Illinois Policy Institute
Artists join the aesthetic movement and submit your art to the art exhibit at the 2014 International Students For Liberty. An expected crowd of over 1600 students will be attending the conference, show them your talents! We are excepting all types of art, yes all! Send in your club’s artistic fliers as well. However, there is limited space. Submit early. All submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis and by a panel. For more information click here. Art has been there. Art is now. Art is eternal.
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Register early and save! The registration form can be found at the bottom of this page as well as here. If you’re interested in registering a group for ISFLC under one payment method, please contact Stephen Duke at firstname.lastname@example.org
International Students — Free Registration!
As part of our efforts to encourage more international students at the ISFLC, international registration will again be free. This is only for international students who are currently living abroad. This does not apply to U.S. students studying abroad or international students currently living in the U.S. To take advantage of free registration, make sure to choose “International” under type of registration on the form at the bottom of this page.
West Coast Students — Free Registration!
With the support of a generous donor we will again be offering free registration for all West Coast students (CA, WA, OR, & HI). We know it’s a long trip but we want you to be a part of the conference!
Join Alumni For Liberty — Free Registration!
Alumni For Liberty is the network for individuals out of school dedicated to supporting the endeavors of Students For Liberty. It is open to alumni of SFL leadership, clubs, and programs, and to anyone who recognizes the importance of the student movement for liberty to the future of the world. Alumni For Liberty members donate at least $10 a month to SFL and in return have the opportunity to support the next generation of leaders working toward a freer society. In addition, AFL members receive exclusive updates on SFL’s activities, AFL specific resources such as career development support and networking activities as well as free registration to the ISFLC. Become an AFL member today and choose “Alumni For Liberty Member” on the ISFLC registration form below to register for free.
High School Students — Free Registration!
We’re extremely excited to announce that high school students are able to attend the 2014 ISFLC for free! Come and connect with other liberty-minded students in high school and college to truly be part of the student movement for liberty! More details on high school specific programming will be announced shortly.
Standard Registration (Ends December 31st)
- General: $35
- Student: $20
Late Registration (Ends February 8th)
- General: $50
- Student: $30
International Students , West Coast Students (CA, WA, OR, & HI) & AFL Society Members