New Orleans Regional Conference

Saturday, November 16th - Hosted at University of Loyola New Orleans


Join Students For Liberty at Loyola University on Saturday, November 16th for the first ever Students For Liberty New Orleans Regional Conference. The student movement for liberty has seen incredible growth lately, especially in the South. This conference will bring students from all over the southern region and continue growing the movement for liberty in this part of the United States.

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 part of the student movement for liberty. Register at the bottom of this page!


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.



Keynote Speaker – Walter Block

Walter E. Block  is Harold E. Wirth Endowed Chair and Professor of Economics, College of Business, Loyola University New Orleans, and senior fellow at the Mises Institute. He earned his PhD in economics at Columbia University in 1972. He has taught at Rutgers, SUNY Stony Brook, Baruch CUNY, Holy Cross and the University of Central Arkansas. He is the author of over 400 refereed articles in professional journals, two dozen books, and thousands of op eds. He lectures widely on college campuses, delivers seminars around the world and appears regularly on television and radio shows.  He is the Schlarbaum Laureate, Mises Institute, 2011; and has won the Loyola University Research Award and the Mises Institute’s Rothbard Medal of Freedom, 2005; the Dux Academicus award, Loyola University, 2007. He has been a friend of Ron Paul’s since the 1970s. Block is a leading Austrian School economist and an international leader of the freedom movement. His earliest work Defending the Undefendable (first edition Fleet 1976, latest edition Mises 2008, translated in 12 languages) is now, more than 30 years later, still regarded as a classic of libertarianism. Block’s writing was inspired by Henry Hazlitt, the author of the most widely read economics text Economics in One Lesson. Block’s latest book is: Yes to Ron Paul and Liberty. Block has been a fixture in the libertarian movement for some four Decades. He actually met Ludwig von Mises and F.A. Hayek, and was friends with, and mentored by, Murray Rothbard.  His contributions to academic libertarianism and to Austrian economics have been prodigious. Block’s writings continue to challenge the conventional wisdom (or ignorance) of how economics works and will retain its freshness for decades to come.


Professor Alexandre Padilla

Institute for Humane Studies Speaker Series

Alexandre “Alex” Padilla is an Associate Professor of Economics at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. He obtained his bachelor, master, and doctorate in Economics from the University of Law, Economics, and Science of Aix-Marseille (now called University Paul Cézanne Aix-Marseille III) in France. His primary research interests are in the fields of applied microeconomics, industrial organization, and law and economics. Alex has published several academic on insider trading in the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, Commentaries in Law & Economics, Florida State Business Review and other non-academic essays for non-profit organizations. His current research involves studying how insider trading is currently perceived among academics and non-academics. Other research interests are in studying self-governance mechanisms in non-traditional industries with a special focus on the adult film industry.


Professor Chris Surprenant

Institute for Humane Studies Speaker Series

Chris Surprenant received his B.A. from Colby College and his Ph.D. from Boston University. His areas of specialization are History of Philosophy (Ancient and Early Modern, especially Kant), Moral Philosophy, and Political Philosophy. His research focuses on the intersection among law, liberty, and morality. He is the founding director of the Alexis de Tocqueville Project on Democratic Ideals and Institutions, which promotes intellectual discussion and scholarship on the values of a democratic society, their justification, and how those values should be promoted. He has published articles on topics in moral philosophy, political philosophy, the history of philosophy, and the philosophy of education in a wide rage of academic journals including Kantian Review, The Journal of Social Philosophy, History of Philosophy Quarterly, The Journal of Moral Education, Educational Philosophy and Theory, and Topoi.


Dan D’Amico

Daniel’s research has been published in a variety of scholarly outlets including Public Choice, Advances in Austrian Economics, The Journal of Private Enterprise, The Review of Austrian Economics, and the Erasmus Journal of Philosophy and Economics. He sits on the editorial board of Studies in Emergent Order and is on the executive committee for the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics. Daniel is an affiliated scholar with the Molinari Institute and the workshop in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at George Mason University. Daniel delivers summer lectures and seminars for several educational outreach organizations including the Institute for Humane Studies and the Foundation for Economic Education. Daniel is the William Barnett Professor of Free Enterprise Studies and an Assistant Professor of Economics at Loyola University in New Orleans where he has received awards for teaching, research and service. He is also the faculty advisor for the Loyola Economics Club.


Gen LaGreca

Chicago writer Gen LaGreca holds a master’s degree in philosophy from Columbia University. Her commentaries have appeared in Forbes, The Orange County Register, The Daily Caller, Real Clear Markets, and Mises Daily. Her two liberty-themed novels won national awards. Noble Vision, a medical thriller, was an Amazon Best Seller. Its dramatic portrayal of the dangers of socialized medicine garnered praise from Steve Forbes, Walter Williams, and the late Milton Friedman. Gen’s new novel, A Dream of Daring, is set in Louisiana in 1859, at a crossroads in history between the dawn of the industrial age of science and freedom and the twilight of the age of slavery. The novel examines how a visionary of the new age, a young inventor, challenges the planters of his town with a prototype tractor to replace slave-farming—resulting in mayhem and murder. In her talk, Gen will discuss the compelling role of fiction in advancing the ideas of liberty, and she’ll use characters fromA Dream of Daring to examine the clash between the people who strive to create and achieve and those who want to control them—both in antebellum Louisiana and in our culture today.


Daniel Sutter

Dr. Sutter is the Charles G. Koch Professor of Economics with the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy at Troy University and is a Ph.D. graduate of George Mason University.  His research interests include the societal impacts of extreme weather and disasters, the economics of the news media, the markets for economists and economic research, environmental regulation, and constitutional economics.  Dr. Sutter has published over one hundred articles and papers and written or edited three books.


James Padilioni Jr.

James is a Ph.D student in early American studies at the College of William and Mary focusing on slave culture and resistance and the musicology and political economy of jazz.  Previously he was the founder and president of West Chester University Students for Liberty, where he also closely worked with WCU Students for Sensible Drug Policy and the Campus Freedom Network with the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. James is passionate in his belief that liberty is necessary for human flourishing, which he views as the only thing that ultimately matters.


Jacob Sullum

 Jacob Sullum is a senior editor at Reason magazine, a nationallysyndicated columnist, and a drug policy columnist at Forbes. Heis the author of Saying Yes: In Defense of Drug Use(Tarcher/Penguin) and For Your Own Good: The Anti-Smoking Crusade and the Tyranny of Public Health (Free Press). Sullum’s weekly syndicated column, distributed by Creators Syndicate, is carried by newspapers across the country, including the New York Post, the Omaha World-Herald, and theLas Vegas Review-Journal. His work also has appeared in Cigar Aficionado, Seed, National Review, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and many other publications. His awards include the Thomas S. Szasz Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Cause of Civil Liberties and the Drug Policy Alliance’s Edward M. Brecher Award for Achievement in the Field of Journalism. Sullum is a graduate of Cornell University, where he majored in economics and psychology. He lives in Dallas with his wife and three daughters.



Marsha Familaro Enright

Marsha is an education entrepreneur based in Chicago. As founder and president of The Reason, Individualism, Freedom Institute, she is working to open a new college with an innovative program that radically increases individual autonomy and knowledge. The Institute now runs weekend and summer seminars using this program. She founded Council Oak Montessori school for children ages three to fifteen in 1990, named twice in Chicago Magazine as a top private elementary school. She created Montessori-style curriculum for Camp Indecon (1999-2007), to teach children the basics of philosophy, free market economics, and personal self-awareness. She founded one of the oldest continuing Objectivist salons, The New Intellectual Forum. She is the editor of the recently-published Ayn Rand Explained: From Tyranny to Tea Party, which includes entirely new material from her own experiences with Ayn Rand. Marsha has also published a wide range of articles, from research work to brief opinion pieces. Topics include psychology, neuropsychology, human development, creativity and optimal experience, literature, culture, history, politics and philosophy in The Daily Caller, Real Clear Politics, Objectivity, The New Individualist, The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies, Tomorrow’s Child, and Free Voices.  She is on the Advisory Board of The Atlas Society.


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