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CWW-hU_WcAADunOOkay, you’re totally pumped about the liberty movement. You go to conferences like ISFLC and other freedom-inspired events. You may even have a blog or two.

Suddenly it dawns on you to consider grad school. You know, get a PhD and really get some cred teaching at universities or writing policy papers at think tanks. But what do you really know about grad school? Which ones are right for you? What departments are freedom friendly? How do you apply? What about funding? Finally, the two most important questions: what will grad school be like, and are you even right for grad school in the first place?

Yes, plenty of questions that need to be answered, or at least considered. Fortunately if you’re attending this year’s ISFLC, you’re in luck. On Friday, February 26, The Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) will be running a lunch session, “Is Grad School Right for You?”
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WP1-300x159We’ve been trying our best to excite you about the 9th International Students For Liberty Conference (ISFLC16) this week. We announced NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake and award-winning comedian Jeremy McLellan will be speaking.

But here’s the deal: our discounted hotel rate expires on Monday. Also, our registration price increases another $10 on the very same day. So, if you’re looking to save, it’s now or never.

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In an attempt to better share our current activities with our network, SFL is beginning an SFL Around the World blog post series. At the beginning of each month, each region will post an update to their regional blog page to share their current activities. Please stay tuned for more updates next month!

Fresh off an amazing 2015, North American leaders have returned to campus and started 2016 off with a bang.

SFL Campus Coordinator Kaytee Moyer caused quite a stir with her PennLive op-ed “Hey Baby Boomers- thanks for that $18 trillion in debt you left us.” Her article, calling out older generations for their fiscal mismanagement, was viewed by tens of thousands of people and drew in close to one thousand comments!

image03On the academic side, Campus Coordinator Jason Lee Byas had his paper “Assessing Abolition” accepted for presentation at the 2016 APEE conference. Executive Board Chairwoman Emily Rhorick received an honorable mention as a nominee for FEE’s Leonard E. Read Distinguished Alumni Award.

At Troy University, Executive Board member Jeremiah Baky decided to take on the issue of free speech by bringing back a 200 year old tradition, the soap box and megaphone!

Campus Coordinator Cory Massimino has helped launch a new virtual reading group that looks at the intersection of classical liberalism and Black Studies. image01This innovative reading group will dive deep into the abolition of slavery, the civil rights movement, black power and mass incarceration.

With below seasonal temperatures, Campus Coordinator Bela Cunningham and Executive Board Member Angel Lauver handed out hot chocolate to cold students at the University of Florida.

January has proven to be an amazing month for North American activism, and it will only get better come February!

Please view our regional blog pages for updates on SFL’s other regions.

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He was a top official at the NSA who blew the whistle on the agency’s abusive data collection. Now he’ll be telling his story at the 9th International Students For Liberty Conference (ISFLC16). Will you join him?

  • What: Thomas Drake @ ISFLC16
  • When: Sunday, February 28th, 2016
  • Where: Marriott Wardman Park (Washington, DC)

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Thomas Andrews Drake is a former senior executive of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), a decorated United States Air Force and United States Navy veteran, and a whistleblower. In 2010 the government alleged that Drake mishandled documents, one of the few such Espionage Act cases in U.S. history. He is the 2011 recipient of the Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling and co-recipient of the Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence (SAAII) award. On June 9, 2011, all 10 original charges against him were dropped. Drake rejected several deals because he refused to “plea bargain with the truth.”

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When I first got involved with SFL as a 2012 Campus Coordinator, I had no idea how much the experience would cultivate my career and leadership capabilities. My time as a CC led me to serve on the North American and International Executive Boards – and now – to join SFL’s staff as a North American Programs Associate.

It’s fitting that my role on the North American programs team will focus on the Campus Coordinator program, as the program has had such a positive impact on my life, both professionally and personally. As a CC, I was able to hone my communication and leadership skills, making possible endeavors that would have otherwise been unimaginable.

unnamed_2-2-1I would never have guessed that during my time away from SFL, I’d became the Director of Communications for the Libertarian Party of Canada, help the party have its best electoral performance in over 20 years, and even run for Parliament here in Canada – an amazing and rewarding experience.

Outside of political action, I helped launch the political information app Pollenize, which now operates nationally in Canada and the United States. I also helped create a charitable app called Share Humanity, which has been able to successfully link incoming Syrian refugees with those offering employment or housing assistance.

Throughout these experiences, I’ve led teams, made media appearances, debated public officials in front of large audiences, and overseen the implementation of projects on a national scale. All possible thanks to the valuable skills I learned and developed in SFL’s leadership programs.

So I was more than thrilled to re-join SFL in an official capacity and help young leaders in North America develop the skills that I have so positively benefited from. If you are interested in developing your capacity as a leader, catapulting your career to places you may not think are possible, and spreading the ideas of liberty, then I highly recommend you apply to the Campus Coordinator program. I’m looking forward to working with you!





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