On-Campus Faculty Partnership

You have a vision for an amazing campus event. IHS can help make it a reality.

At IHS, we believe that ideas can change the world, and that one of the best ways to foster ideas is to empower faculty to engage more deeply with students on campus. That’s why we created the On-Campus Faculty Partnership. Through the partnership, we work with faculty from around the country to host events that take campus conversations about the underpinnings and applications of the principles of individual liberty and economic freedom beyond the classroom.

From single lectures to weekend seminars, IHS can help you bring exciting events to your campus by providing:

  • financial assistance
  • logistical support
  • marketing know-how
  • access to our network of scholars

There are six different types of events we support. Some are meant to introduce large audiences to the ideas of freedom, while others dive deeper into the rich classical liberal tradition with small groups of students.

Intensive Educational Programs

Help passionate, interested students dive deeper into the classical liberal tradition.

Weekend Seminars

Card Undergraduates discussing ideas of freedom

Give students an opportunity to encounter classical liberal ideas and current issues from an interdisciplinary perspective by hosting a weekend seminar on your campus. Propose your own theme and speakers, or work with IHS to put together a unique program for your campus.

Exploring Liberty Discussion Colloquium
Engage your top students with a Socratic-style discussion about classical liberal ideas. Students discuss a set of curated readings centered on a particular theme, guided by an external faculty discussion leader. Propose your own reading list, work with IHS to develop something new, or choose from currently available topics.


Book Clubs
Lead a book club for a small group of students on a book or author of your choice for a chance to discuss, connect with, and inspire your most promising pupils.


Click here to learn more about the support we offer for campus Intensive Educational Programs


Campus Outreach Programs

Introduce the ideas of freedom to a broader student audience by hosting a lecture, speaker series, debate, or panel discussion.

Introduce your campus to the principles of a free society by bringing in a speaker to discuss a topic of interest to your campus. Propose a speaker and subject you have in mind, or request recommendations from IHS’s network of scholars.


Speaker Series
Engage with your campus community by hosting a semester or year-long lecture series exploring classical liberal thought and contemporary issues. IHS funds speaker honoraria, travel, and lodging, and provides speaker recommendations for your topic.


Click here to learn more about the support we offer for Campus Outreach Programs


Debates & Panel Discussions

Card James Stacey Taylor speaking with Students at an event

Spark discussion on your campus about the complex problems facing our society with a debate or panel discussion that presents multiple perspectives in dialogue with one another. Find your own speakers, or tap into our in-house research capability to find issue-specific experts to complete your lineup.

Have an event idea that doesn’t fit into one of the categories above? Please submit a Special Project application.


Eligibility and Application Details

Eligibility is currently limited to full or part-time faculty of United States colleges and universities only. We are particularly interested in topics related to regulation.

Now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 academic year. We consider applications in two batches based on semester.*

Spring 2016 deadline: September 1, 2015

Applications are accepted on a rolling bases, however application submitted before the deadline for each semester will receive priority consideration. We will  notify applicants of a decision within three weeks of submission. If your application spans two semesters, we will make a decision for fall activities after the September 1 deadline.

*Note: universities operating on a quarter system should submit fall and winter quarter applications by May 1, 2015, and spring and summer quarter applications by September 1, 2015.

Questions? Please review our Request for Proposal and FAQs, or email us at OnCampusEd@TheIHS.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should apply?

Faculty members interested in introducing students to the classical liberal tradition and its various thinkers, texts, and arguments, to encourage campus conversations on timeless questions about society.

I have a topic in mind but don’t know who might be best to speak on it—can IHS help me in my search?

Absolutely! IHS is able to recommend speakers through our unique Find Scholars service.

Can student clubs, undergraduates, or graduate students apply?

Unfortunately, no. At this time, only faculty are eligible to apply.

I’m concerned about my schedule. What is the time commitment on my part?

Hosting successful events can be time consuming, but IHS is here to help. While levels of IHS support vary by event type, we’re able to customize our involvement to meet your unique needs.

Can I apply for more than one event? For two of the same event types?

Yes. Multiple applications for different event types (a book club and speaker series, for example) as well as for the same event type (two book clubs on different subjects) are welcome.


This project is made possible through support from the John Templeton Foundation.