60th Anniversary


The Philosophy of Liberty with Mark LeBar

The Philosophy of Liberty with Mark LeBar

For nearly 20 years, Mark LeBar has been a popular mainstay at IHS events and programs, especially summer seminars. LeBar first broke onto the IHS scene in 1996, at the recommendation from his professor and fellow IHS alum David Schmidtz.

Kevin Vallier on Social Trust

Kevin Vallier on Social Trust and Religious Toleration in Classical Liberalism

Vallier is an associate professor of philosophy at Bowling Green State University, where he also directs the Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law program. “In Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, what you’re essentially doing is applying the formal and empirical methods of the social sciences to make advances in value theory,” Vallier explains.

Jonathan Barth Tells the Monetary Story of America

Jonathan Barth Tells the Monetary Story of America

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 Spontaneous Order of the Family with Lauren Hall

The Spontaneous Order of the Family with Lauren Hall

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.

Randall Holcombe on Public Choice and Classical Liberal Community

Randall Holcombe on Public Choice and Classical Liberal Community

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.

Susan Love Brown on What Makes Society Thrive

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.”

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History in Narratives with Richard Bell

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.