Austin Regional Conference

Saturday, November 9th - Hosted by the University of Texas Libertarian Longhorns

Join Students For Liberty at the University of Texas in Austin, TX on Saturday, November 9th for the 2013 Students For Liberty Austin Regional Conference. The Austin Regional Conference is one of SFL’s oldest conferences and has seen tremendous success over the past 4 years. We are looking forward to another exciting year as we bring together students from all over Texas for one incredible event.

By attending the conference, you will hear from top speakers in the libertarian movement, network with other pro-liberty students, discover countless opportunities for jobs, internships, conferences and seminars, and have a lot of fun with other students. This day-long event will feature tremendous speakers, panels, and breakout sessions on the ideas behind a free society and the actions necessary to implement them. In addition, three free meals and drinks at our evening social are included with your FREE registration. Don’t miss out on your chance to be a part of the student movement for liberty! Register at the bottom of this page!


Morning Keynote Speaker – Ted Carpenter

Ted Galen Carpenter is senior fellow for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute. Dr. Carpenter served as Cato’s director of foreign policy studies from 1986 to 1995 and as vice president for defense and foreign policy studies from 1995 to 2011. He is the author of nine and the editor of 10 books on international affairs, including The Fire Next Door: Mexico’s Drug Violence and the Danger to America, Smart Power: Toward a Prudent Foreign Policy for America, America’s Coming War with China : A Collision Course over Taiwan, The Korean Conundrum: America’s Troubled Relations with North and South Korea, Bad Neighbor Policy: Washington’s Futile War on Drugs in Latin America, The Captive Press: Foreign Policy Crises and the First Amendment, Beyond NATO: Staying Out of Europe’s Wars, and A Search for Enemies: America’s Alliances after the Cold War. Carpenter is contributing editor to the National Interest and serves on the editorial boards of Mediterranean Quarterly and the Journal of Strategic Studies, and is the author of more than 400 articles and policy studies. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the National Interest, World Policy Journal, and many other publications. He is a frequent guest on radio and television programs in the United States, Latin America, Europe, East Asia, and other regions. Carpenter received his Ph.D. in U.S. diplomatic history from the University of Texas.


Evening Keynote Speaker – Jeffrey Tucker

Jeffrey Tucker serves as distinguished fellow of the Foundation for Economic Education, a columnist for The Freeman, Executive Editor of Laissez Faire Books, research fellow of the Acton Institute, and publications director of the Church Music Association of America. He is the founder of the CryptoCurrency Conference, serves as economic consultant to the popular podcast Let’s Talk Bitcoin, and writes a fortnightly column for Crisis Magazine. He is author of Bourbon for Breakfast, It’s a Jetson’s World, and A Beautiful Anarchy. Following his 15 years as editor and builder of the website Mises.org, he now curates and writes weekly editorial introductions to the product offerings for the Laissez Faire Club.


Dan D’Amico

Institute for Humane Studies Speaker Series

Daniel J. D’Amico completed his economics Ph.D. from George Mason University in 2008 with field examinations in Constitutional Political Economy and Austrian Economics. His doctoral dissertation, “The Imprisoner’s Dilemma: The Political Economy of Proportionate Punishment,” was awarded the Israel M. Kirzner Award for best dissertation in Austrian Economics by the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics. Daniel is an affiliated scholar with The Ludwig von Mises Institute, the Molinari Institute, the workshop in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at George Mason University and the INWARD Study Center on Urban Creativity at Sapienza University in Rome. Daniel is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Loyola University in New Orleans where he has received awards for teaching, research and service. His current research is focused upon applying insights from various political economy perspectives including Austrian Economics, Public Choice Theory and New Institutional Economics to understand the processes of social change as they occur surrounding punishment and incarceration throughout history and in the United States today. Daniel adheres to the fundamental belief that ideas matter.


Nick Capaldi

Institute for Humane Studies Speaker Series

Nicholas Capaldi is Legendre-Soulé Distinguished Chair in Business Ethics at Loyola University, New Orleans.  He also serves as Director of the National Center for Business Ethics. He taught previously at:  the University of Tulsa where he was McFarlin Research Professor of Law; Columbia University; Queens College, City University of New York; The United States Military Academy at West Point, and the National University of Singapore. Professor Capaldi received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. from Columbia University.  His principal research and teaching interest is in public policy and its intersection with political science, philosophy, law, religion, and economics.   He is the author of 7 books, over 80 articles, and editor of six anthologies.  He is a member of the editorial board of six journals and has served most recently as editor of Public Affairs Quarterly. Professor Capaldi is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Mellon Foundation, The U.S. Department of Education, The Board of Regents of Louisiana, and the John Templeton Foundation among others.  He is an internationally recognized scholar and a domestic public policy specialist on such issues as higher education, bio-ethics, business ethics, affirmative action, and immigration.


Mimi Gladstein

Mimi Reisel Gladstein is a Professor of English at the University of Texas at El Paso. She is the author of five books and co-editor of two.  The Last Supper of Chicano Heroes: Selected Works of José Antonio Burciaga  is a 2009 American Book Award  winner.  Gladstein’s scholarly articles cover subjects as diverse as feminism in the Harry Potter series and bilingual wordplay in Hemingway and Steinbeck. Her articles have been translated and published in both Mexico and Japan.  International recognition includes the John J. and Angeline Pruis Award for teaching Steinbeck and the Burkhardt Award for Steinbeck scholarship.  At the University of Texas at El Paso she has served as Associate Dean of Liberal Arts, Chair of the English Department, Philosophy Department, Chair of Theatre, Dance, and Film and she was the first Director of the Women’s Studies Program.  In 2006 she received the University Distinguished Achievement Award for Service to Students. The El Paso Commission for Women named her to their Hall of Fame in2011.  The El Paso County Historical Society inducted her into their Hall of Honor. Currently, she is the faculty advisor for YAL (Young Americans for Liberty).


Norman Horn

Dr. Norman Horn holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from the Austin Graduate School of Theology. While at UT-Austin, he was instrumental in building up the Libertarian Longhorns and other student groups in Texas, and he worked closely with SFL to host the first regional conference in Texas in 2009. He has won numerous awards for his writings and research in both engineering and theology. Norman is the author of multiple peer-reviewed publications in science, economics, and political theory, and he has been published in many popular venues including Young American Revolution, LewRockwell.com, and the Washington Post. He is also the founder and editor of LibertarianChristians.com, the premiere website exploring libertarian theory from a Christian point of view.


Jason Rink

Jason Rink is the Executive Director of the Foundation for a Free Society.  He is the award-winning Producer and Director of the documentary Nullification: The Rightful Remedy, as well as his latest documentary Banking With Life, a film about Austrian Economics and the Infinite Banking Concept.  He is also the author of Ron Paul: Father of the Tea Party, the biography of former Congressman Ron Paul. He and his wife, Tisa, have been homeschooling Ethan, their 13 year-old son, for 8 years.  They are currently the Directors of Classical Conversation of Round Rock, a classical homeschool community.



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