Pittsburgh Regional Conference

Saturday, November 9th - Hosted by Duquesne University Students For Liberty

Join Students For Liberty at Duquesne University on Saturday, November 9th for the 3rd annual Students For Liberty Pittsburgh Regional Conference. Western Pennsylvania and the whole Ohio River valley region are home to some of the fastest growing pro-liberty student groups and the Pittsburgh Regional Conference will bring together these strong student leaders 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 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 – Richard Vedder

Richard K. Vedder studies higher education financing, labor economics, immigration, government fiscal policy and income inequality. He is currently the director and founder of the Center for College Affordability and a distinguished professor of economics at Ohio University, he is the author of several books, including Going Broke by Degree, and The Wal-Mart Revolution: How Big Box Stores Benefit Consumers, Workers, and the Economy (with Wendell Cox). Dr. Vedder earned his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Illinois.

Antony Davies

Antony Davies is associate professor of economics at Duquesne University and Mercatus Affiliated Senior Scholar at George Mason University. His primary research interests include econometrics and public policy. Davies has authored op-eds in over thirty newspapers including the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and New York Daily News, is a regular columnist for US News and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and is a regular commentator on Wilkow! (TheBlaze TV). He is a frequent lecturer at policy conferences on Capitol Hill and at state capitals. In addition to teaching at the undergraduate, masters, and Ph.D. levels, Dr. Davies was Chief Analytics Officer at Parabon Computation, President and co-founder at Paragon Software (now Take-Two Interactive), and co-founder and Chief Analytics Officer at Repliqa (now Zoo Entertainment). Dr. Davies earned his B.S. in Economics from Saint Vincent College, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the State University of New York at Albany.

Leon Drolet

Leon Drolet was elected six times to public office as a proud libertarian Republican; serving in the Michigan legislature (2000-2006) and as a county official (1999-2000; 2007-2008). While in the state legislature, Drolet played key roles in two state constitutional amendments: he was statewide chair of the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, the successful November 2006 ballot proposal to eliminate the use of race and gender preferences in university admissions and government hiring or contracting. He also wrote , and engineered passage of a state constitutional amendment that greatly restricted governments’ use of ‘eminent domain’ to take citizens’ private property. When in the legislature, Drolet chaired the Taxpayer Protection Caucus and was recognized by the media as one of the most conservative state lawmakers, while being a staunch defender of civil liberties. Drolet was one of only three MI Republican legislators to vote against Michigan’s gay marriage ban, and held hearings on legalizing marijuana before it was cool. Today, Drolet serves as Chair of the MI Taxpayers Alliance, a grassroots taxpayer rights organization and works for the XIV Foundation, an organization working to end government race and gender preference programs.


James Stacey Taylor

Institute for Humane Studies Speaker Series

A transplant from Scotland to the United States James Stacey Taylor is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at The College of New Jersey. Branded a heretic by the London Times for his arguments in favor of legalizing markets in human organs in his book Stakes and Kidneys: Why markets in human organs are morally imperative (Ashgate, 2005) he is also the author of Practical Autonomy and Bioethics (Routledge, 2009), and Death, Posthumous Harm, and Bioethics (Routledge, 2012). He is the editor of Personal Autonomy: New essays (Cambridge University Press, 2005) and Death: Metaphysics and Ethics (Oxford University Press, 2013). He is currently working on a book defending markets in everything, including votes and children. In addition to his academic writing he has authored numerous Op-Eds on bioethical issues which have appeared in publications including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Daily News, and USA Today. He is an occasional contributor to NPR and has been quoted in The New York Times.


Holly Fretwell

Institute for Humane Studies Speaker Series

Holly Fretwell is a Research Fellow at PERC and an adjunct instructor at Montana State University where she has taught  introductory economics, macroeconomics, natural resources and environmental economics. She works with the Foundation for Teaching Economics, giving workshops for  high school teachers to improve their skills in teaching and using economic tools. Fretwell has co-authored curriculum for high school teachers on economic principles and climate change issues. She is author of the new book Who is Minding the Federal Estate: Political Management of America’s Public Lands. She has presented papers promoting the use of markets in public land management and has provided Congressional testimony on the state of U.S. national parks and the future of the Forest Service. She has also published a children’s book on climate change, The Sky’s Not Falling: Why It’s OK to Chill About Global Warming (World Ahead Publishing 2007), that encourage parents, teachers, and kids to become critical thinkers. Fretwell holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in resource economics from Montana State University.


Cathy Reisenwitz

Cathy Reisenwitz is a D.C.-based writer and political commentator. She runs Sex and the State and writes regularly for Doublethink magazine and Thoughts on Liberty. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Examiner, the Daily Caller, the AFF Free the Future blog, the Individualist Feminist and Penelope Trunk’s Brazen Careerist. When not fighting the state, she reads girl blogs, tech blogs, politics blogs and career blogs. She loves non-fiction books (currently on a positive psychology kick). And she spends a good chunk of time at Gold’s Gym. She lives with her boyfriend Igor and sister Evelyn, also libertarian freedom fighters both employed at IHS, in beautiful Arlington, VA.


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).


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