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The Institute for Humane Studies has some exciting weekend seminar opportunities coming up, including the Weekend Exploring Liberty Seminars.

The Weekend Exploring Liberty Seminars examine the historical, economic, and philosophical foundations of a free society and how these principles apply to contemporary issues. The seminars bring together undergraduates for an introduction to classical liberal ideas during an informative and enjoyable weekend of lectures, discussions, and evening socials.

There is no cost to attend. All educational materials, meals, and snacks are provided at the seminar. Participants must arrange their own lodging for most seminars. Limited housing options may be available.

Check out these upcoming seminars!

Date Campus & City
February 24-26 Rhodes College, Memphis, TN Apply
February 24-26 University of Illinois, Springfield, IL Apply
March 2-3 King’s College, New York, NY Apply
March 2-3 Troy University, Troy, AL Apply

Join us tomorrow night, Wednesday February 8, for the next discussion in SFL’s Webinar Series. Roger Koppl from the Silberman College of Business will be discussing “How to Succeed in Criminal Justice Without Really Trying,” or how America’s criminal justice system is producing false convictions.

Wednesday, February 8 at 8pm (Eastern Time)

Topic: “How to Succeed in Criminal Justice Without Really Trying” 

Roger Koppl’s talk will show why the American criminal justice system is producing false convictions.  Police, crime labs, and prosecutors all have an incentive to produce convictions, but they do not have an incentive to correctly distinguish between the innocent and the guilty.  When you don’t care who you convict, false convictions are more likely.  Public defenders help, but they do not have the resources and strong incentives required to mount a vigorous defense.  We should try to improve the criminal justice system by aligning incentives with justice, rather than convictions.

Speaker: Roger Koppl

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Where? On your Computer

Roger Koppl is a Professor of Economics and Finance in the Silberman College of Business.  He has served on the faculty of the Copenhagen Business School, Auburn University, and Auburn University at Montgomery. He has also held visiting positions at George Mason University, New York University, and the Max Planck Institute of Economics. Professor Koppl is a past president of the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics. He edits Advances in Austrian Economics. He is the book review editor for the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization and a member of the advisory board of Review of Political Economy. Professor Koppl is a Senior Researcher at the Pennsylvania Laboratory for Experimental Evolutionary Psychology (PLEEP) where he conducts experiments in forensic science administration.  He is Senior Researcher at the FDU’s Florham Laboratory for Experimental Social Science.  His online CV has more information on his professional activities.  The offices of Professor Koppl and of the Institute for Forensic Science Administration are located on the Florham College campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University, which is in Madison, New Jersey.

We are proud to announce that we have finalized the full schedule for the 2012 International Students For Liberty Conference. I can safely say that this is by far the best program we have put together yet.  We have a strong and diverse list of speakers addressing topics ranging from current policy debates and solutions to Austrian economics and free trade to student organizing and communication training to civil liberties and the police state. This conference will truly have something for everyone.

For the first time we have created a full Program Booklet for the conference. It contains a wealth of information including the schedule, sponsor and exhibitor information, speaker bios, and more. Click here to download the full 2012 ISFLC Program Booklet now.

Getting excited yet? You should be.

We have a very limited number of registrations still available.  Register now while you still can at http://politicalconferences.org/2011/02/2012-international-conference/.

It’s no secret that the United States has a less than sound monetary system. Even those who are not well versed in economics are aware of the declining economy and the debt ceiling. Mark Calabria’s recent webinar addressed the future of the U.S. dollar and its role in the global monetary system.

There was a time when the U.S. dollar was the currency of trade, but that time is changing. With other currencies such as the euro gaining power, the dollar is on the decline. The question thus becomes how far will it fall?

Could this be the future of the dollar?

Increasing the national debt will do nothing to strengthen the dollar. Instead, as the name implies, it will in turn increase the debt. The return of interest parity means that the United States government and companies are facing a larger increase in borrowing costs in the future.

The dollar is on the decline, but that doesn’t mean it’s over. The United States is at a crossroads in monetary policy. In order to save the dollar, we need to “stop living beyond our means” and increase domestic savings.

Common sense says that when you’re in debt, you need to stop spending, and the case of the U.S. dollar is no different. The best way to save the dollar is to cut spending and to reduce the national debt. The value of the U.S. dollar has reached its peak. Calabria cautions that fiat money is only as good as the politics surrounding it. In order for the dollar to retain its power, there need to be some major changes.

The dollar can be saved. To continue to be a player in the global market, changes need to be made to monetary policy. Debt and spending need to be reduced.

ESFL Executive Board Member Gabrielle Shiner

Last week, European Students For Liberty Executive Board Member Gabrielle Shiner wrote a scathing article condemning censorship in UK publications.

In response to the July 2011 phone-hacking scandal involving Rupert Murdoch, the UK launched the Leveson Inquiry to investigate media ethics. Throughout the inquiry recommendations have been made on the future of press regulation and governance. One group of campaigners, Turn Your Back on Page 3, has seen this as an opportunity to lobby for the banishment of “Page 3″.

Page 3 refers to a tabloid feature that has been running in the UK since 1970. The term Page 3 is literally derived from the third page of the very popular national tabloid, The Sun, which daily features a large photograph of a topless glamour model. The tradition has now spread to similar tabloid newspapers beyond The Sun.

Over the years, Page 3 has been a target for conservatives and various women’s groups. The Leveson Inquiry merely gave them a platform and cause for hope, along with many other interest groups hoping to impose new regulations on the press. Turn Your Back on Page 3 is lobbying for the banishment of Page 3 on the terms that it is sexist, encouraging women’s insecurities as well as violence and hate towards women in society.

Gabrielle’s brilliant condemnation of the Turn Your Back on Page 3 movement was picked up by Spiked Online. Check it out!