Academic Research Seminars

Our Academic Research Seminars offer scholars a unique opportunity to collaborate with experts through moderated panel discussions and breakout sessions, and to discuss and shape their research on topics where the liberal perspective may be underrepresented. These programs go beyond the typical conference experience. Scholars will collaborate in real-time and walk away with potential research questions in their fields.

Are You Looking To Share Your Research Ideas With Experts In Those Fields?

Our seminars are hosted online and in-person and are often attached to academic conferences, spanning a wide range of disciplines, and are held all over the United States. Not only do our seminars provide a platform for collaboration and networking, but we also provide hotel and travel reimbursement for in-person programs that can offset the costs of attending your favorite academic conference.

As part of its Discourse Initiative, IHS is particularly interested in research and programs in the following general categories: Liberalism and Its Critics, Key Challenges within a Free Society, Cultural Challenges within Liberal Society, Contentious Topics within the Liberal Tradition, and Liberalism in Times of Crisis. Learn more about the Discourse Initiative here.

IHS welcomes applications and proposals on these or other related topics from scholars in all disciplines.

Upcoming Programs

January 22 – 23, 2021

Family, Community, & Meaningful Work

Family, Community, and Meaningful Work: The State’s Role in Economic Management

The seminar will feature three panels: (1) “Does America Need a New Industrial Policy? Technology, Competitiveness, and the Intersection of Governments and Markets in the 21st Century Economy”; (2) “American Workers and a Changing Economy: The Call for a Return to ‘Good, Reliable Jobs’”; (3) “Has American Prosperity Come at the Price of Weaker Communities and Families, and Can the State Fix It? Are the Common Good and Markets at Odds with One Another?”

Dr. Steve Davies (Institute of Economic Affairs) will lead off the seminar with a keynote talk addressing some historical context for these topics.

March 12, 2021

Trust and the Open Society

IHS Series: Trust and the Open Society

Social and political trust has been decreasing in the United States for some time. This has not been the case for many other liberal democracies, where trust levels have risen in recent decades, so what explains the disparity among various countries? Why is Generation Z the least trusting generation on record?

If you have research interests in questions surrounding this topic, we encourage you to consider this three-part online series on “Trust and the Open Society.” You will have the chance to explore challenges and opportunities facing societies with decreasing public trust - in each other and many of our institutions.

Are You Interested in Attending Future Programs?

If you’re interested in attending one of our Academic Research Seminars but don’t see your research area represented, send a copy of your updated CV, and a brief description of your research to us at IHS.Conferences@TheIHS.org .

See What You Missed from Our Previous Seminars

Corporate Welfare: Who Comes out on Top? August 5-6, 2020, Hosted Online

Separation of Powers Doctrine & the Modern Administrative State August 28-29, 2020, Hosted Online

Liberalism and Its Critics September 19, 2020, Hosted Online

Impact and Challenges of Entrepreneurship in America June 16, 2020, Hosted Online

Barriers to Economic Opportunity for the Next Generation April 2, 2020, Hosted Online

Addressing Healthcare Challenges in the United States  Feb. 28-29, 2020 in Oklahoma City, OK

Global Monetary Issues in a Low-Interest-Rate World January 2, 2020, in San Diego, CA

Poverty, Institutions, and Economic Development November 22, 2019, in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Measuring Economic Freedom: Utilizing Indices in Your Research August 6, 2019, in Dallas, TX

How Central Planning Affects Communities June 27–28, 2019, in San Francisco, CA

What Makes a Successful City? March 15, 2019, St. Louis, Missouri

Using Novel Data to Examine the Impact of Government Policies March 13, 2019, Louisville, Kentucky

The Federal Reserve and Prospects for Monetary Policy Reform January 3, 2019, Atlanta, Georgia

Personal Information: Privacy Rights in the Digital Era January 3, 2019, Atlanta, Georgia

The Effects of Occupational Licensing on the American Worker October 8, 2018, Salt Lake City, Utah

State and Local Policy Making and Economies August 28, 2018, Boston, Massachusetts

Reforming Our Institutions July 20–July 21, 2018, in Chicago, Illinois

Embracing a Free-Market Energy Future June 25, 2018, in Vancouver, Canada

The Anti-Economics Trend in Technology Regulation: Lessons for Economists and Legal Scholars June 20, 2018, in Montreal, Canada

Which Institutions Best Support Prosperity in Texas and Beyond? June 1–2, 2018, in Austin, TX