Northern California Regional Conference

Saturday, October 12th - Hosted by the UC Berkeley Students For Liberty

Join Students For Liberty in Berkeley, CA on Saturday, October 12th for the 2013 Students For Liberty Northern California Regional Conference. Berkeley is home to one of the strongest pro-liberty student groups in the country and the UC Berkeley Students For Liberty are proud to welcome students from across California to the home of the free speech movement for one incredible event celebrating liberty.

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 the page!


Keynote Speaker – Dr. David D Friedman

David D. Friedman is a leading proponent of anarcho-capitalism, the theory that the state is an unnecessary evil and that all services, including the law itself, can be provided by voluntary cooperation in the private economy. While Friedman holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Chicago, he is chiefly known for his scholarly contributions to economics and law. He is the author of five books of non-fiction as well as the novels Harald and Salamander. In The Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism, Friedman argued that an economic analysis of impact of state action points to an anarchist conclusion. In Law’s Order: What Economics Has to Do with Law and Why It Matters, he shows how directing the law to seek economic efficiency can lead to the achievement of justice. Friedman stands in contrast to many other anarchists because of his “consequentialist” approach. Rather than argued that humans have inviolable natural rights which it is always wrong to violate, he uses cost-benefit analysis to assert that a world without government is better than one ruled by states.


Anthony Gregory

Anthony Gregory is a Research Fellow and Student Programs Director at the Independent Institute and the author of the Institute book The Power of Habeas Corpus in America: From the King Prerogative to the War on Terror (Cambridge University Press, 2013). He appears in the Institute’s Independent Watch videos and blogs regularly at The Beacon. He has written articles for The Atlantic, Washington Times, Bloomberg Business Week, Christian Science Monitor, San Diego Union Tribune, Dallas Morning News, Huffington Post, American Conservative, Human Events, Counterpunch, Antiwar.com, LewRockwell.com, Mises.org, The Freeman, Liberty, Reason.com, Future of Freedom Foundation, The Independent Review, and Journal of Libertarian Studies. He earned his B.A. in American history at the University of California at Berkeley.


Lydia Ortega

Institute for Humane Studies Speaker Series

Lydia joined the Economics Department at San Jose State University in 1989. Now in her third term as Department Chair, her contributions include developing blended courses, fostering high school-university connections, and fund development. Her research interests include economic education particularly the use of computer-based learning modalities and problem-solving techniques in economics. She has served on many local non-profits including the Hispanic Charity Ball and was a founding member of the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley.


Geoffrey Lea

Institute for Humane Studies Speaker Series

Geoffrey Lea is a Visiting Professor of Economics at the University of Illinois at Springfield.  He received his BA in Economics and Greek at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia and his MA and PhD in Economics from George Mason University.  Prior to coming to Springfield, he worked as the director of programs and seminars at the Foundation for Economic Education and as a Lecturer in Economics at Hillsdale College.  His research interests are Austrian economics, constitutional political economy, the history of economic thought, business cycle theory, and the political economy of the ancient world.


Edward Hudgins

Dr. Edward Hudgins is director of advocacy and a senior scholar at The Atlas Society, which promotes open Objectivism (www.atlassociety.org). Hudgins has worked as director of regulatory studies for the Cato Institute, as a senior economist at the Joint Economic Committee of Congress, and was both deputy director for economic policy studies and director of the Center for International Economic Growth at the Heritage Foundation. Books he has edited include An Objectivist Secular Reader, Space: The Free Market Frontier, Freedom to Trade: Refuting the New Protectionism, and two books on postal service privatization. Hudgins has a B.A. from the University of Maryland, an M.A. from American University, and Ph.D. from Catholic University in political philosophy. He has taught at universities in the United States and in Germany.


William Gillis

William Gillis is a fellow and coordinator at the Center for a Stateless Society and lifelong anarchist organizer. He got his BA in Physics and Philosophy at Macalester College and has continued graduate work in high energy theory at Portland State University as well as UC Berkeley. Among many other projects, interests, and preoccupations he holds a strong interest in the egalitarian and centrifugal tendencies of markets freed from systemic violent distortions, and was a contributor to Markets Not Capitalism. His work has been cited in places like Forbes and CATO, and he was once accused of Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Civil Disobedience In Furtherance of Terrorism.


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