Undergraduates, MA students, and recent graduates interested in pursuing a PhD are invited to apply for IHS’ Aspiring PhD Student Discussion Colloquia. 

IHS will host three two-day discussion colloquia this fall. Participants can apply to attend one of three programs including Markets and Morality, Public Choice and Government Failure, and the History of Capitalism. These programs are designed for students interested in pursuing a PhD and consist of four discussion sections centered on a selection of readings pertaining to public choice theory, markets and morality, and the history of capitalism. 

Participants will be required to complete a set of provided readings prior to the colloquium. 

This program is free to attend and will take place online via Zoom.

Participants will receive a $100 honorarium for completing this program.

Space is limited. The deadline to apply is November 5, 2021.

What to Expect

Participants will receive readers roughly one month in advance of the program and should come thoroughly prepared to discuss the material. Discussion will be Socratic—that is, question-driven—and will include a diverse collection of participants. Discussion Colloquia do not include any lectures, workshops, or presentations. They depend entirely on the quality of discussion each member brings to the table and the questions offered by the discussion leader. Each discussion colloquia consists of four sessions of 75 minutes each, and participants are required to attend all sessions as well as all social events.


*All times are listed in Eastern Time

2:30 – 2:45 P.M.

2:45 – 3:15 P.M.

3:15 – 4:15 P.M.

4:15 – 4:30 P.M.

4:30 – 5:30 P.M.

5:30 – 7:00 P.M.








9:45 – 10:00 A.M.

10:00 – 11:00 A.M.

11:00 – 11:15 A.M.

11:15 – 12:15 P.M.

12:15 – 12:45 P.M.






Markets and Morality
11/19/2021 – 11/20/2021

Dr. Christopher Freiman

Christopher Freiman is a graduate of Duke University (B.A. in Philosophy) and the University of Arizona (M.A., Ph.D. in Philosophy). He currently is a professor of philosophy at the College of William and Mary. He is the author of Unequivocal Justice and Why It’s OK to Ignore Politics as well as numerous articles and book chapters. His work has appeared in venues such as the Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Philosophical Studies, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Utilitas, The Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy, Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, and The Oxford Handbook of Political Philosophy.

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History of Capitalism
12/03/2021 – 12/04/2021

theodore christov
Dr. Theodore Christov

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Public Choice and Government Failure
12/10/2021 – 12/11/2021

Dr. Abigail Hall Blanco

Abigail Hall Blanco is an Associate Professor of Economics at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. She is an affiliated scholar with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and a Research Fellow with the Independent Institute. She earned her PhD in Economics from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia in 2015. She is the co-author of Manufacturing Militarism: U.S. Government Propaganda in the War on Terror with Dr. Christopher J. Coyne.

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