Twenty years ago, in response to the 9/11 attacks, Congress signed into law the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). However, as Sarah Burns Associate Professor of political science at Rochester Institute of Technology notes, this authorization is so open-ended that every president since its passing has the ability to carry out any operation without being meaningfully stopped by Congress.
With nearly 80 graduate students in attendance, the 2021 IHS Graduate Conference successfully sharpened research projects and reconnected colleagues. For two days, graduate students shared their research with fellow peers and faculty, whose constructive feedback helped refine each project for publication.
In the spring of 2021, a mixed audience of graduate students and faculty convened as part of the Institute for Humane Studies’ Advanced Topics series of discussion colloquia co-sponsored with Liberty Fund. In a Socratic discussion, these scholars tackled the topic of “Liberty and the Struggle for the Early Chinese State,” with historian Stephen Davies serving as the discussion leader.
When John Tomasi was a first-year philosophy graduate student, he and others in his class found their mailboxes had been stuffed with the same leaflet about a summer program from a place called the Institute for Humane Studies. Little did Tomasi know that the “culprit” behind these flyers would have a profound impact on his academic interests.