Discussion Colloquia

IHS Event Weighs in on Liberal Climate Policy

Debating Climate Policy and Environmental Regulation

With regard to large-scale environmental problems, some argue that any policy response would fail to maximize welfare. They believe the best policy is no policy. Others claim policy responses can maximize welfare but must be constrained by liberal principles.

Exploring the World History of Liberalism

Exploring the World History of Liberalism

IHS concluded its “World History of Liberalism” online seminar series. This was the first of three COVID-era experimental programs designed to replicate the experience of a graduate seminar in the online space, using materials students were unlikely to encounter in their coursework.


IHS Asks: Where Does Religious Liberty Go From Here?

Controversy over the appropriate relationship between government and religion in the United States likely predates the American founding. Adding fuel to those controversies are different ways of thinking about the meaning of religious liberty that converge on some points and diverge on others.

John Majewski: Understanding the World through History

John Majewski: Understanding the World through 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.

David Sicilia

IHS Explores the Future and the History of Capitalism

The arrival of the new history of capitalism raises questions and challenges for scholars teaching and pursuing research in the subfield. How should the history of capitalism be taught? How should historians make sense of and navigate between divergent paradigms? What are the new frontiers of scholarship for graduate students looking to make a mark on this important and complex discourse?

What are the Origins of Capitalism?

Students learned about coal production in England but left skeptical of whether it mattered. They learned about wage rates after the Black Death and heard from Mokyr that none of it would have gone anywhere if not for innovations in technology and society.

How are Liberty and a Civil Society Connected

How are Liberty and a Civil Society Connected?

The Institute for Humane Studies and Liberty Fund convened a group of graduate students to discuss “Liberty and Civil Society” as part of a co-sponsored discussion colloquium. This weekend-long Advanced Topics in Liberty discussion was led by Professor John Hasnas, Georgetown University, a veteran IHS faculty member.

Liberty and the Early Chinese State - A Discussion on China's History

Liberty and the Early Chinese State – A Discussion on China’s History

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.