COVID-19 Impact on IHS Events and Programming

Updated March 27, 2020 at 2:30pm ET

The Institute for Humane Studies is committed to providing a collegial and safe environment in our offices and at our programs. Given the mounting public health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, and in an effort to mitigate the risk and to do our part in helping to contain the spread of the virus, we are making decisions that impact IHS-sponsored programs and our participation at events.

The following IHS programs are affected as follows:

  • Academic Conferences | All IHS programming and attendance at conferences is cancelled through the end of May. Please contact if you have questions.
  • Graduate and Faculty Discussion Colloquia | Programming is either being postponed or moving online for the remainder of the academic year. Please contact if you have questions.
  • Faculty Research Workshops | Programming for the remainder of the academic year is either being rescheduled or moving to an online format. Please contact if you have any questions.
  • Campus Event Support | Campus-Wide Events and On-Campus Discussion Colloquia are either cancelled or moving online for the remainder of the academic year. Please reach out to with any questions.

As a result, the following events are postponed or cancelled:

  • Corporate Welfare: Who Comes Out on Top
  • The Future of Public Choice
  • Creighton Symposium on Humanomics
  • Patrick Henry College: Hayek on Liberty
  • Loyola University New Orleans: Public Choice and Government Failure
  • The Catholic University of America: Markets & Morality
  • William and Mary: Two Concepts of Liberty
  • Rochester Institute of Technology: Sharing Economy
  • University of San Diego: Universal Basic Income
  • University of Louisville: Entrepreneurship
  • Rochester Institute of Technology: Is Capitalism Sustainable
  • John Brown University: Democracy in America
  • Ball State University: Entrepreneurship
  • Manuscript Workshop on 3/27
  • Intersectionality and Individualism
  • History of Capitalism
  • Religious Liberty at the Crossroads
  • Barriers to Economic Opportunity for the Next Generation
  • IHS Graduate Workshop at APEE
  • IHS Reception at International Studies Association Conference
  • IHS Reception at APEE

Additionally, IHS staff will not be on-site as previously planned for the following conferences:

  • 2020 – Public Choice Society (PCS)
  • 2020 – International Studies Association (ISA)
  • 2020 – Students for Liberty’s LibertyCon
  • 2020 – Association of Private Enterprise Education (APEE)

Our goal is a safe, healthy environment, and we make decisions with our staff, faculty partners, participants, and the community in mind. At the moment, we cannot in good conscience ask our staff to travel on IHS business given the risks, nor can we in good conscience gather together scholars from all over the country to congregate in small, confined spaces.

We recognize the significant inconvenience to our community of scholars, staff, and partners. We urge you to reach out and talk to us if you have any questions or concerns, or if we can help you work through the impact our decisions have had on you and your plans. Please don’t hesitate to contact our Events team at

We will continue to actively monitor and assess the situation and update this page when new information is available.