Join the Discourse Initiative: Civil Conversations Towards the Good Society

The good society is tolerant and pluralistic, where cooperation, intellectual engagement, and economic progress are the norm.

Recent ideological challenges to this vision of the good society have only been exacerbated by the current pandemic.

So how can we achieve the good society? By focusing on open discussion, furthering intellectual progress through important research, and bringing us back to the foundational principles of the liberal tradition. 

At the Institute for Humane Studies, we are supporting research about those ideas and challenges through the Discourse Initiative.

The Discourse Initiative is a series of conversions aimed at drawing attention back to the classical liberal tradition. The Initiative supports research and fosters civil discussion, currently in the online space, among scholars from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines who view the basic liberal principles as central to achieving the good society.


IHS is eager to support a range of academic endeavors that advance the understanding of the classical liberal tradition.


Have a proposal in mind that fits this Initiative? Whether you have an idea for online teaching tools, are beginning a research project, or if you are simply an interested faculty member looking to get involved, here are a few funding opportunities available:

  • Support (of up to $5,000) for research papers, online events, and unique proposals for online learning through the Hayek Fund for Scholars

IHS is eager to support a range of academic endeavors that advance the understanding of the classical liberal tradition. While this is not an exhaustive list, we are particularly interested in the below topics:

  • Liberalism and Its Critics
  • Key Challenges within a Free Society
  • Cultural Challenges within Liberal Society
  • Contentious Topics within the Liberal Tradition
  • Liberalism in Times of Crisis

IHS invites you to join us in expanding what we know of classical liberal ideas and the good society. To learn more, head to the Discourse Initiative page or email us at Discourse@TheIHS.org.

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