Exploring Liberty: An Introduction to Freedom

Exploring Liberty seminars offer a fun, open environment to expand your intellectual horizons, test your ideas with enthusiastic faculty and passionate peers, and leave with a solid understanding of the underpinnings of classical liberal principles.

June 6 – 12, 2015 ● Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA

July 16 – 20, 2015 ● Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA


Exploring Liberty: An Introduction to Freedom

What’s a typical day like during the Exploring Liberty seminar?

While not every day will be the same you can see how a typical day will provide fresh historical perspectives on the notions of liberty and how the world has never been the same.

Breakfast (Get up. Get dressed. And continue that discussion you thought had ended at 3 am over scrambled eggs and coffee.) 

Rights and Utility
Learn about rights and utility from a historical perspective, looking at the views of Mill, Kant, Bentham, Locke, and more.

Coffee Break 

The American Revolution
Explore the political philosophy and historical circumstances that drove Americans to break with Great Britain and form a republic. Discuss the Founders' achievements, flaws, and legacy. Consider how we can use the positive legacy of Revolution in light of today's challenges.

Lunch & Free Time (Go for a walk. Catch up on your home team’s standings. Propose a new Constitutional amendment—hey you’re in Philadelphia!)

Historical Institutions on the American Frontier
Within the history of the American Frontier, how did institutions develop and evolve over time? What was the role of women and the development of these formal and informal institutions? How did different jurisdictions compete with each through their legal systems?

Dinner (Post an Instagram of you and your new freedom-infused buds. Discuss which ideas by Locke, Mill or Bentham you studied earlier have any bearing on the variety of cheesesteak sandwiches.)

The Great Depression
Understand the historical context of the Great Depression and the legacy it has left.

Discussion Groups
Join a faculty-led small group discussion to consider the questions that have been lingering and developing throughout the day. Raise new concerns and hear what your fellow students thought about the issues you learned about!

Evening Social  (Enjoy a drink and then hold a friendly discussion into the wee hours on what had a greater impact on Freedom: The Bill of Rights or the Magna Carta in the course of world history.)