Advanced Topics in Liberty

Co-sponsored by IHS and Liberty Fund, Inc.

Our Advanced Topics in Liberty program is co-sponsored with Liberty Fund, Inc., an Indianapolis-based organization whose mission is to encourage discussion about the ideas of liberty. These invitation-only weekend conferences feature in-depth, Socratic-style discussions led by faculty about the foundational questions and challenges within the classical liberal tradition. The goal of these programs is to foster a discussion among a small group of highly talented and motivated people.

Advanced Topics

 While each year’s conference topics and readings raise many different questions, they all touch in some way on ideas within the classical liberal tradition. We bring together 15 participants from a variety of disciplines and prepare them with a set of readings on the topic, such as “The Scottish Enlightenment” or “Public Choice and Government Failure.”

Comments from Previous Participants

Scholarships and Grants

“Didn't really know what to expect the first time around, but was absolutely blown away by how much I learned and took away from the experience.”
-Law, Liberty and the Rise of the West

“These conferences are an extraordinary opportunity to discuss ideas, broaden my perspective and understanding of complex issues in a way that I would never otherwise have the opportunity to do. It is an invigorating, stimulating, and challenging experience that I would repeat as often as I were allowed.”
-Liberty, Legitimacy, and Property in Robert Nozick’s Anarchy, State, and Utopia

“This was just the intellectual jolt, the kick in the pants that my dissertation work needed. Thanks!”
-Socialism After Hayek

2019 Fall Conferences

Conferences for Students

The Federalists and the Anti-Federalists
September 27-29, 2019 – Arlington, VA

Liberty, the Welfare State, and the New Deal
October 18-20, 2019– Arlington, VA

Education, Compulsion, and the State
November 1-3, 2019 – Arlington, VA

Conference for Graduate Students and Faculty

Classical Liberalism in Contemporary Political Philosophy
October 4-6 2019 – Arlington VA


IHS provides hotel accommodations at the Westin Arlington Gateway in Arlington, VA and meals throughout the weekend for all of our participants.

Individuals at student and graduate student seminars will share a room with another participant. If you would not like to share a room, you may be able to buy out the second half of your room, so please let us know.

If you have special dietary or hotel needs, please contact us at

Typical Schedule

All Advanced Topics in Liberty conferences follow the same schedule. Attendance at all parts of the weekend is mandatory, including meals and hospitality. Please use the schedule below as a guide when planning for the weekend.
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