Announcing the 2nd European Students For Liberty Conference
March 8-10 2013, University of Leuven (20 minute train ride east of Brussels)
Hosted by the Classical Liberal Students Association Leuven (LVSV)
ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSED. WALK-IN REGISTRATION AVAILABLE
European Students For Liberty is proud to present the second edition of the ESFL Conference at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. Join ESFL from Friday 8th ‘till Sunday 10th of March for a weekend of learning and fun! This event will be hosted by the Classical Liberal Students Association (LVSV) Leuven, winner of the 2012 Students For Liberty Student Organization of the Year Award.
Why attend? By attending the conference, you will hear from top speakers in the 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 all the while.
This 3-day 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, free meals and drinks at our evening social are also included with your registration. Don’t miss out on your chance to be a part of the student movement for liberty in Europe!
Your registration fee includes:
- 3 days of great speakers in the liberty movement
- All meals provided
- Books, pamphlets, stickers, buttons, and much more free material to take back to your university
- Connect with liberty organizations and other students for liberty
- Information on internships, jobs, programs, seminars, and conferences
- Awesome socials
Early Registration, Ends November 15: 20 Euros (35 Euros Non-Student)
Standard Registration, November 16 – JANUARY 31 (EXTENDED) 30 Euros (45 Euros Non-Student)
Late Registration, February 1- March 5: 40 Euros (55 Euros Non-Student)
So many young libertarians coming from all around Europe allows you to think there might be hope for this continent!
-Leon Hernandez, Spain
2011 ESFLC: The first edition of the ESFLC took place in November 2011 at the University of Leuven. The conference proved a huge success with over 220 attendees from 25 countries. The weekend presented the opportunity for young student leaders to get to know each other, learn more about the ideas of liberty and return home armed with resources and knowledge to grow the liberty movement in Europe. Notable speakers included Tom G. Palmer, Pierre Garello and Prince Michael of Liechtenstein.
About: The goal of the conference is to bring classical liberal/pro-liberty/libertarian students across Europe together, to exchange experience in campus activism, to train students through workshops, and help them grow the pro-liberty student movement in Europe. Workshops will be run by senior European and US liberty activists. In addition to workshops, the conference will also expose attendees to the ideas of great champions of liberty from all across Europe with lectures, speeches, and panels.
We will also be hosting a Liberty Fair, where free market think tanks and activist groups will have a forum to present their achievements, current projects, and publications, as well as provide students with the opportunity to interact with European pro-liberty organizations.
James Turk is a Director of the GoldMoney Foundation, a not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to providing information on sound money. He is the founder and chairman of GoldMoney, a Jersey, Channel Islands company operating the digital gold currency for which he was awarded four patents. He has specialized in international banking, finance and investments since graduating in 1969 from George Washington University with a B.A. degree in International Economics. Beginning his business career with The Chase Manhattan Bank (now J.P. Morgan Chase), he has lived in six countries. The author of several monographs and numerous articles on money and banking, he is the co-author of The Collapse of the Dollar and How to Profit From It.
John Chisholm has three decades of experience as general manager, entrepreneur and executive. In 1997, he founded and served as CEO/Chairman of CustomerSat (acquired by MarketTools), a leading provider of enterprise feedback management systems. A pioneer in online marketing research, in 1992 he founded and served as CEO/Chairman of Decisive Technology (now part of Google), publisher of the first desktop and client-server software for online surveys. Earlier he worked at HP, Xerox, and Grid.
He is a trustee of The Seasteading Institute; a member of the Development Committee of the MIT Corporation; chairs the Santa Fe Institute Development Committee; chairs the MIT Club of Northern California; and through the MIT Venture Mentoring Service helps young entrepreneurs start new high-tech businesses. He has also chaired the Stanford Institute for the Quantitative Study of Society, one of Stanford’s twelve independent laboratories; served on the visiting committee of the MIT math department, and as VP of the MIT Worldwide Alumni Association. He is author or co-author of two US patents.
He holds BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School. An avid mountain climber, he has summited Mts. Rainier, Shasta, Whitney, St. Helens, and live volcanoes in Chile and Indonesia
Tom G. Palmer is the executive vice president for international programs at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, and is responsible for establishing operating programs in 14 languages and managing programs for a worldwide network of think tanks. Before joining Cato he was an H. B. Earhart Fellow at Hertford College, Oxford University, and a vice president of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. He frequently lectures in North America, Europe, Eurasia, Africa, Latin America, India, China and throughout Asia, and the Middle East on political science, public choice, civil society, and the moral, legal, and historical foundations of individual rights. He has published reviews and articles on politics and morality in scholarly journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Ethics, Critical Review, and Constitutional Political Economy, as well as in publications such as Slate, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Die Welt, Caixing, Al Hayat, the Washington Post, and The Spectator of London. He is the author of Realizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice, published in 2009, and the editor of The Morality of Capitalism, published in 2011. Palmer received his B.A. in liberal arts from St. Johns College in Annapolis, Maryland, his M.A. in philosophy from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and his doctorate in politics from Oxford University.
Cato Institute senior fellow Michael Tanner heads research into a variety of domestic policies with a particular emphasis on health care reform, social welfare policy, and Social Security. Most recently, Tanner co-edited Replacing Obamacare: The Cato Institute on Health Care Reform, a compilation of the Cato Institute’s work over the past several years on health care reform and Obamacare, with contributions by over a dozen national experts, including Tanner himself. He is also the author of numerous books on public policy, including Leviathan on the Right: How Big-Government Conservatism Brought Down the Republican Revolution (2007, Healthy Competition: What’s Holding Back Health Care and How to Free It (Second Edition, 2007), The Poverty of Welfare: Helping Others in Civil Society (2003), and A New Deal for Social Security (1998). Tanner’s writings have appeared in nearly every major American newspaper, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. He writes a weekly column for National Review Online, and is a contributing columnist with the New York Post. A prolific writer and frequent guest lecturer, Tanner appears regularly on network and cable news programs. Under Tanner’s direction, Cato launched the Project on Social Security Choice, which is widely considered the leading impetus for transforming the soon-to-be-bankrupt system into a private savings program. Time Magazine calls Tanner, “one of the architects of the private accounts movement,” and Congressional Quarterly named him one of the nation’s five most influential experts on Social Security. The New York Times refers to him as “a lucid writer and skilled polemicist.” Before joining Cato in 1993, Tanner served as director of research of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and as legislative director for the American Legislative Exchange Council.
Daniel Model is the Executive Chairman of the Model Holding Ltd., a leading European supplier of corrugated board and carton packaging with a staff of almost 3000 employees. He believes that web based social collaboration will become the enabler and catalyst of non-governmental co-operation and social innovation of the future. Model has proven to translate his visions into reality when he publicly proclaimed a meta-state named Avalon in March 2006. Avalon is a virtual, organically growing and non-territorial state comprising a loose network of “citizens” who believe in his idea of a “state 2.0″ where human action shall have its seeds in a system of incentives and freedom rather than a system of patronization and constraint. A talented cyclist, a near-world-championship-finalist-curler and a high ranked amateur car racing champion, Model has a real passion for life and liberty.
Emily Skarbek is Lecturer in Political Economy in the Department of Political Economy at Kings College London. Her research examines the role of voluntary associations in solving complex public goods problems in the aftermath of natural disasters. Her research is primarily interested in how individuals achieve social coordination in market relationships and social organizations. Her work incorporates interdisciplinary insights into economic analyses of crises and recovery processes. Dr. Skarbek’s interests also include how the history of economic thought informs and furthers contemporary research. Emily received a MA and PhD in Economics from George Mason University. She joins the faculty at King’s from San Jose State University where she taught microeconomics and public choice as an assistant professor in the Department of Economics. Most recently, Dr. Skarbek spent the 2011-2012 academic year as a researcher at the Center for the History of Economic Thought at Duke University.
David Skarbek is Lecturer in Political Economy in the Department of Political Economy at Kings College London. His research interest is to understand how people define and enforce property rights in the absence of strong, effective governments. His work has examined incarceration, gangs, and crime in the United States.David received a BS in Economics from San Jose State University and a MA and PhD in Economics from George Mason University. He previously taught in the political science department at Duke University.
Matt Kibbe is the President and CEO of FreedomWorks. He has been with the organization for over 15 years. An economist by training, Kibbe is a well-respected national public policy expert, bestselling author and political commentator. He also serves as Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Austrian Economics Center in Vienna, Austria. In 2012 Kibbe authored Hostile Takeover: Resisting Centralized Government’s Stranglehold on America, revealing how the centralized bureaucracy of government is eroding our hard-fought freedoms and how the Tea Party movement can return America to the decentralized vision of our Founders. Dubbed “the scribe” by the New York Daily News, Kibbe is coauthor, with Dick Armey, of the New York Times bestseller Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto (HarperCollins, 2010). Liberally expropriating from leftist organizer Saul Alinsky, Kibbe also authored Rules for Patriots: A Pocket Primer for Patriotic Americans. He has written for The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily, POLITICO, The Washington Examiner and numerous other national and online publications. He is also a regular contributor to Forbes.com, RedState and FoxNews.com.
Carrie L. Lukas is the managing director of the Independent Women’s Forum. Lukas is the author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Women, Sex, and Feminism, which was published by Regnery Publishing in May 2006. She is also a contributor to National Review Online and a senior fellow at the Goldwater Institute. Lukas appears frequently on television and the radio, on shows such as Fox News Channel’s Your World with Neil Cavuto, Fox Report with Shepard Smith, The O’Reilly Factor, Hannity and Colmes, CNBC’s Kudlow and Company, and MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews. Lukas’s commentaries have appeared in numerous newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, The New York Post, Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Arizona Republic, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Baltimore Sun.
Kurt R. Leube is Professor Emeritus and Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He currently also serves as Academic Director of ECAEF, the International Center of Austrian Economics Foundation, based in the Principality of Liechtenstein. Educated in Germany and Austria, he is internationally recognized as one of the closest disciples of F. A. von Hayek (Nobel Prize 1974), and also holds Visiting Professorships at several leading European and South American universities. He is editor in chief of the bilingual book series, ECAEF-Studien zur Wirtschafts- und Gesellschaftsordnung.
James W. Lark, III currently serves as adjunct professor in the Department of Systems and Information Engineering, lecturer in the Department of Applied Mathematics, and lecturer in the Department of Statistics at the University of Virginia. He is a director of the Financial Engineering Research Group at U.Va. Prior to the 2003-2004 academic year he served as assistant professor in the Department of Systems and Information Engineering and as adjunct professor in the McIntire School of Commerce at U.Va. Dr. Lark has been a member of the Libertarian Party since 1983 (he is a Life Member). He currently serves as a regional representative on the Libertarian National Committee, and was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Libertarian National Congressional Committee. He served as the chairman of the Libertarian Party during the 2000-2002 term. He is the recipient of the 2008 Thomas Jefferson award (the Party’s highest honor), given at national LP conventions for lifetime achievement. He is also the recipient of the 2004 Samuel Adams award, given at national LP conventions to the member deemed the most effective activist. Dr. Lark is the chairman of the Board of Directors of the Advocates for Self-Government. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for Individual Liberty, the Board of Advisors of Students For Liberty, and the Academic Board of Advisors for the Institute for Health Freedom in Washington, D.C.
Stephen Davies is a program officer at the Institute for Humane Studies and the education director at the Institute for Economics Affairs in London.
Dr. Davies attended the University of St Andrews from 1972 to 1976, graduating with a First Class degree in History. He also obtained his PhD from the same university in 1984, on the topic of the Scottish criminal justice system before the abolition of private courts. He formerly taught at the Manchester Metropolitan University where he was senior lecturer. His academic and research interests include the history of crime and criminal justice, history of ideas and political thought, comparative economic history, and the history of the private supply of public goods. He teaches, amongst other topics, courses on the history of crime and punishment in Britain, and the history of the Devil. He has published a number of books and articles on a range of topics. His books includeThe Dictionary of Conservative and Libertarian Thought (which he edited with Nigel Ashford) and just recently Empiricism and History. Among his published essays are two in the recently published collection The Voluntary City, on the subjects of the private provision of law enforcement and the use of markets and property to plan urban growth. He is not a supporter of Manchester United!
Henrik Alexandersson is working as assistant and press officer for the Swedish Pirate Party in the European Parliament. He is also spokesman for the Swedish libertarian network Frihetsfronten. In the 80′s he was active in the Swedish Moderate Party and later with SFL-partner FMSF. He is also one of Sweden’s leading bloggers and an outspoken EU critic.
Mario Fantini is a journalist and writer. He currently serves as the Secretary General of the Hayek Institute in Vienna, Austria. Mario has written for the Far Eastern Economic Review, The Wall Street Journal Europe, The American Spectator and The Washington Times. He has been a fellow of the Phillips Foundation (USA), the Salzburg Seminar (Austria) and the 21st Century Trust (UK), and is a member of the board of The Dartmouth Review (USA) and the Center for European Renewal (Netherlands). Mario did his undergraduate work at Dartmouth College, and earned graduate degrees in development, public policy and journalism in the USA, Latin America and Europe.
We would like to offer you the following modules of a potential partnership:
- Become a Gold-Sponsor: Your logo would be highly visible on all of our marketing material and additionally mentioned in our invitations, you would get a table at the Liberty Fair, we can also add your materials to the conference package which will be handed out to all participants and one part of the program (social, lunch, dinner, etc.) would be named after your organization. The total price for being a Gold-Sponsor is 1,500 Euros.
- Become a Silver-Sponsor: your organization would be mentioned as a Silver-Sponsor, your logo will be visible on most of our marketing material, you would get a table at the Liberty Fair. The total price for being a Silver-Sponsor is 750 Euros.
- Become part of the Liberty Fair: your organization would have a table at the Liberty Fair, which will be frequented by more than 300 students. The total price for a table is 300 Euros.
Accommodations and Travel
As you know, the registration fee does not include your stay in Leuven. For those of you who haven’t arranged their accommodation yet, we have the following suggestions:
- The Ibis Leuven Centrum hotel is quickly running out of space, so reserve ASAP!
- If you’re looking for other options, have a look at this website: http://www.leuven.be/en/tourism/staying-over/
- Looking for a roommate? Post your requests in this Facebook group to find someone to share a room: http://www.facebook.com/groups/331012170336926/
Need help getting to the conference? Find all Travel Information Here.
The conference starts on Friday with registration from 14:00 to 17:00. Please make sure to arrive at the venue by 16:00, to avoid delays. On Sunday the closing remarks will end at 15:00 so be sure not to book your departure before that time. Also take into account that Leuven is about 25 minutes by train from Brussels Airport.
Contact Frederik Roeder at email@example.com for more information regarding sponsorship.
Contact Nick Roskams at firstname.lastname@example.org regarding general conference inquiries.
The Atlas Economic Research Foundation
Liberal Institute Zurich/Geneva
DCI Group Brussels
Unternehmensgruppe Theo Mueller
The Austrian Economics CenterLiberty Fair
The Institute of Economic Affairs London
The Institute for Economic Studies Europe
The Fund For American Studies
Lithuanian Free Market Institute
Foundation for Economic Education
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