As a graduate student, the interdisciplinary exploration of ideas at an IHS summer seminar reimagined classical liberalism in ways that were hard to ignore, says Abigail R. Hall, an associate professor of economics at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky.
Whereas many historians look at the eighteenth century as the beginning of the American Revolution, Barth inspects the seventeenth century as “it laid the groundwork for the entire American experiment; and it included extremely intense episodes of political conflict.” In other words, the early monetary story of America centers around the political forces that foreshadowed American Independence.
The structure of the family is built around making decisions using local knowledge and information to solve problems. Lauren Hall, professor and chair of political science at the Rochester Institute of Technology and IHS Senior Fellow, has devoted much of her career to trying to understand the self-organizing nature of the family.
When Holcombe takes a step back, one common element of IHS programs that stands out to him is the community of scholars. For him, the most rewarding part of IHS programs is meeting with like-minded people who believe that smaller—rather than larger—government promotes growth and prosperity.
At an IHS seminar concerning the theory of the state, Brown was introduced to the ideas of Robert Carneiro, especially his article “A Theory of the Origin of the State,” which was published in 1970. After this introduction, Brown explored thinkers like Herbert Spencer and Karl August Wittfogel. As Brown absorbed these theorists, she discovered that the state “had nothing to do with ideology. It was a fact that required an explanation.”
workshops, experiences he says helped to shape his professional development. In addition to research support, …
Stories are tools that capture history in ways that relate to our own experiences. Richard Bell, professor of history at the University of Maryland, has harnessed stories that spotlight individuals who’ve deeply shaped the arc of early American history.
History has always been John Majewski’s passion. When he was just a boy, Majewski began collecting World War II and Civil War books. Today he is a scholar and professor of history at UC Santa Barbara whose research considers the political economy of the United States around the time of the Civil War.
Over the last 60 years IHS has supported and connected thousands of scholars, many of whom were women breaking new ground in male-dominated fields. Over generations, these women mentored and inspired younger female scholars, growing a network of women deeply engaged in the exploration of classical liberal ideas.
Freiman describes the inspiring whirlwind that is Summer Seminars, including the immersive, daylong discussions on politics, philosophy, and economics that both students and faculty alike partake in. Summer Seminar participants are from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines and are gathered for a weeklong civil discussion debating and exploring the ideas of a free society.