New York Regional Conference

Saturday, October 19th - at John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Join Students For Liberty at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, NY on Saturday, October 19th for the 2013 Students For Liberty New York Regional Conference. New York City is annually SFL’s largest regional conference and we look forward to breaking previous records again as we bring together students from the New York City metro area and all over the northeast for an 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 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 the page!


Morning Keynote – Shikha Dalmia

Shikha Dalmia is a senior policy analyst at Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets. Dalmia is a Bloomberg View contributor, a columnist at the Washington Examiner, and writes regularly for Reason magazine. She previously served as a columnist for Forbes. Dalmia was co-winner of the first 2009 Bastiat Prize for Online Journalism for her columns in Forbes and Reason. From 1996 to 2004, Dalmia was as an award-winning editorial writer at the Detroit News, covering a variety of policy issues, including the environment, immigration, Social Security, welfare reform, health care and foreign policy. She also worked as a reporter for the Patriot, a national daily newspaper based in New Delhi, India, where she grew up and earned her B.S. degree in chemistry and biology from the University of Delhi. Dalmia frequenlty appears on Fox Business Network and other television and radio outlets. Dalmia, who taught news writing courses at Michigan State University, earned a Master’s degree in mass communication from Louisiana State University. She also holds a post graduate diploma in journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communications.


Evening Keynote – 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.


Professor James Otteson

Institute for Humane Studies Speaker Series

Dr. James R. Otteson received his BA from the University of Notre Dame and his PhD from the University of Chicago. He has taught previously at Georgetown University and at the University of Alabama, and specializes in the history of modern philosophy, political philosophy, and the history and philosophy of economics.  He is also a Senior Fellow at the Fund for American Studies in Washington, DC. Often lecturing on Adam Smithclassical liberalism, and related topics, Dr. Otteson has served as a guest lecturer for organizations including the Foundation for Economic Education, the Institute for Humane Studies, the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, and the Fund for American Studies.  His published writings includAdam Smith’s Marketplace of Life (Cambridge University Press, 2002) and Actual Ethics (Cambridge University Press, 2006).  He received a Fund for the Study of Spontaneous Order Prize in 2005, and was named first-prize winner of the Templeton Enterprise Award in 2007.


Nimish Adhia

Institute for Humane Studies Speaker Series

Dr. Nimish Adhia is an Assistant Professor of Economics. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics, from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Adhia’s research concerns the interplay of culture and economics in the international arena, and has practical experience in international internships. He has been an Upton Miller Teaching Fellow at Beloit College and a visiting assistant professor at Berry College.


Isaac Morehouse

Isaac Morehouse is an entrepreneur, thinker, and communicator dedicated to the relentless pursuit of freedom. He is the founder and CEO of Praxis, an intensive ten-month program combining real world business experience with the best of online education for those who want more than college. Isaac previously worked at the Institute for Humane Studies where he raised support for the institute’s programs, mentored students, and directed educational programs. Prior to IHS, Isaac was at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy where he created and directed Students for a Free Economy. Morehouse loves connecting people and helping them discover and realize their dreams.  He’s been involved in a number of business and non-profit start-ups, run a taxpayer advocacy group, and played in a very mediocre band in college. Isaac writes, speaks and teaches on entrepreneurship, economics, philosophy, freedom, communication skills, how to change the world and an assortment of other topics. He holds a master’s degree in economics with a focus on the Austrian School from the University of Detroit Mercy, and a bachelor’s degree in political science and philosophy from Western Michigan University (though he feels the latter was a waste of time and money).


Derrell Bradford

Derrell Bradford is the Executive Director of Better Education for Kids (B4K), a 501c4 organization supporting common-sense bi-partisan education reforms in New Jersey. Derrell is also a trustee of We Can Do Better NJ, which supports school choice and a wide range of systemic reforms to improve education for all students.Before joining B4K, he served as the Executive Director and Director of Communications for New Jersey’s Excellent Education for Everyone (E3). He also led and co-led the research and legal efforts, respectively, for the organization. Additionally, he served on Gov. Chris Christie’s Educator Effectiveness Task Force, which gave recommendations on designing a new, statewide evaluation system for teachers and leaders. In 2011, Derrell was named to NBC’s “The Grio 100: History Makers in the Making,” and also received the Tri-County Scholarship Fund’s “Making a Difference Award.” In 2012, he was named an “Ed Reform Champion Under 40” by the Black Alliance for Educational Options. Derrell sits on the boards of Immaculate Conception (Montclair) and St. Anthony (Jersey City) Catholic high schools. Derrell appears frequently in print, radio, and on television to discuss and debate a wide range of education reform issues. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Derrell attended the St. Paul’s School For Boys and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a B.A. in English and creative writing.


Alex Nowrasteh

Alex Nowrasteh is the immigration policy analyst at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity. Previously he was the immigration policy analyst at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Houston Chronicle, Boston Globe, San Jose Mercury, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Huffington Post, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, and elsewhere. He has appeared on Fox News and numerous television and radio stations across the United States. He received his B.A. in Economics from George Mason University and MSc in Economic History from the London School of Economics.



Andrew Heaton

Andrew Heaton is a standup comedian, writer, and political satirist residing in New York City. Originally from the state of Oklahoma, he has lived in Washington, DC while working as a staffer for the United States Congress, and in Scotland as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar while earning his masters degree in International Politics. He was voted NYC’s Greatest New Comedian, 2013 by the Broadway Comedy Club, and has performed standup comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Australia, Germany and throughout the United States. He is a regular contributor with The Freeman, ClotureClub.com, Brightest Young Things, and Ask A New Yorker, and has written for Reason and Barron’s Magazine. He began writing humor columns for The Oklahoma Daily in 2004. In his spare time Heaton writes humorous novels, and plays laser tag and bocce ball. He loves science fiction, puppies, and fine whisky. His first book, From the Monkey Cage: Fixing Politics Through Wit & Cartoons, comes out July 10, 2013.


Steve Horwitz

Steven Horwitz is Charles A. Dana Professor of Economics and department chair at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY.  An Affiliated Senior Scholar at the Mercatus Center in Arlington, VA and a Senior Fellow of the Fraser Institute in Vancouver, BC, Horwitz completed his MA and PhD in economics at George Mason University and received his A.B. in economics and philosophy from The University of Michigan.  He is the author of two books, Microfoundations and Macroeconomics: An Austrian Perspective (Routledge, 2000) and Monetary Evolution, Free Banking, and Economic Order (Westview, 1992), and he has written extensively on Austrian economics, Hayekian political economy, monetary theory and history, and macroeconomics. In addition to several dozen articles in numerous professional journals, he has also done nationally recognized public policy work on the role of the private sector during Hurricane Katrina.  The author of numerous op-eds, Horwitz is also a frequent guest on TV and radio programs, and has a series of popular YouTube videos for the Learn Liberty series from the Institute for Humane Studies. Horwitz co-edits the book series Advances in Austrian Economics and is a contributing editor at The Freeman.  He also blogs at “Coordination Problem” and “Bleeding Heart Libertarians.” He was awarded the Hayek Prize in 2010 by the Fund for the Study of Spontaneous Order for his work on the economics of the family among other contributions. A member of the Mont Pelerin Society, Horwitz has spoken to professional, student, policymaker, and general audiences throughout North America, as well as in Europe, Asia, and South America. His current research is on the economics and social theory of the family, and he is at work on a book on classical liberalism and the family.


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.


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