Liberty Fund Symposia

Exploring the Foundations of a Free Society

Starting in 2011 Students For Liberty partnered with the Liberty Fund Inc. to host a new project for students with a passion for developing their intellectual understanding of liberty – The Students For Liberty & Liberty Fund Symposia: Exploring the Foundations of a Free Society.

Founded in 1960 by Indianapolis businessman and lawyer Pierre F. Goodrich, The Liberty Fund, Inc. is a private, educational foundation established to encourage the study of the ideal of a society of free and responsible individuals.  Their logo, the Amagi, is the earliest-known written appearance of the word “freedom”.

We successfully hosted 3 co-sponsored symposia in 2011-2012 and are excited to announce that we will be holding 3 more in 2012-2013.  These three-day events are built around a Socratic discussion of the topic between fifteen student participants and an academic discussion leader.  Over the past fifty years scores of aspiring intellectuals have attended Liberty Fund events to discuss and debate the ideas of liberty with their brightest peers.

Application to these events is very competitive.  The ideal candidate is eager to contribute to a lively intellectual discussion on the topic at hand.  Each attendee will be required to complete a set of readings leading up to the symposium (readings provided by SFL).  Participation in the entire symposium is mandatory, so do not apply unless you can attend all sessions.

Housing, meals, and materials will be provided by SFL.  Transportation to and from the conference is the responsibility of the participant.

Liberty, Property, and Government
August 8-10, 2014 – Arlington, VA

Description: The purpose of this conference is to provide an audience of undergraduate students a first approximation to some central principles and debates of the classical liberal tradition. Attendees will discuss seminal classical liberal texts from thinkers including, but not limited to, James Buchanan, John Locke, David Hume, F.A. Hayek, and Milton Friedman.

Discussion Leader: Michael Munger

Applications are now closed.

  • Start Date/Time: Friday, August 8 at 5:00pm Eastern Time
  • End Date/Time: Sunday, August 10 at 1:30pm Eastern Time
  • Location: Arlington, VA
  • Application Deadline: Friday, May 30, 2014

Participants will receive free copies of texts to read before the symposium.