Advanced Topics in Liberty

Co-sponsored by IHS and Liberty Fund, Inc.

The Advanced Topics in Liberty program is an invitation-only, discussion-based weekend conference series. These conferences feature in-depth, Socratic-style discussion about the ideas, questions, and challenges raised by a set of readings with a discussion leader and fifteen participants from various backgrounds.

This program is developed with and co-sponsored by Liberty Fund, Inc. an Indianapolis-based organization whose mission, like that of IHS, is to encourage discussion about the ideas of liberty.

While the conference topics and readings raise many different questions, they all touch in some way on the idea of a free society. The goal of these programs is not to reach conclusions, but instead to have fruitful discussion about the ideas of liberty with a small group of bright individuals.

Comments from Previous Participants

“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

2015 Fall Conferences

Conferences for Students & Recent Graduates

Liberty and Responsibility in the American Anti-Slavery Movement
September 18-20, 2015 – Arlington, Virginia

The Scottish Enlightenment
September 25-27, 2015 – Arlington, Virginia

The Austrian School of Economics
October 2-4, 2015 – Arlington, Virginia

Property Rights and Freedom
October 9-11, 2015 – Arlington, Virginia

Federalism and Competition
October 23-25, 2015 – Arlington, Virginia

The Foundations of Liberty and Society: Spontaneous Orders
November 13-15, 2015 – Arlington, Virginia


Conferences for Graduate Students

Burke and Tocqueville on Liberty
October 16-18, 2015 – Arlington, Virginia


Conferences for Professionals

Liberty, Risk, and Responsibility
December 4-6, 2015 – Arlington, Virginia

2016 Spring Conferences

Conferences for Students & Recent Graduates

Hayek’s Social and Political Thought
January 29-31, 2016 – Arlington, Virginia

Education, Compulsion, and the State
February 5-7, 2016 – Arlington, Virginia

Public Choice and Government Failure
February 26-28, 2016 – Arlington, Virginia

Origins of Capitalism
April 1-3, 2016 – Arlington, Virginia

Liberty, Equality, and Redistribution
April 15-17, 2016 – Arlington, Virginia


Conferences for Graduate Students

Liberty, Legitimacy, and Property in Robert Nozick’s “Anarchy, State, and Utopia”
February 19-21, 2016 – Arlington, Virginia


Conferences for Professionals

Moral Foundations of Liberty
January 22-24, 2016 – Arlington, Virginia

Economics from Smith to Friedman
March 4-6, 2016 – Arlington, Virginia


Below you will find some general information on accommodations at Advanced Topics in Liberty conferences.

Hotel Rooms
IHS reserves rooms for participants at a Westin, Hilton, or equivalent hotel in your conference city.  Professional conference attendees will have their own rooms.  Individuals at Student and Graduate Student conferences 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 with either cash or part of your honorarium.

Checking In
Your room will be paid for, but the hotel may require you to present a valid credit card at check in against any incidental room charges such as phone calls or room service.  Upon checking in, you should receive a green conference folder containing conference details. If the person checking you in does not hand you one, please ask for it.

Meals and Special Access
Please contact us at if you have any special dietary restrictions or access needs.  On Saturday night, we may be walking or cabbing to an excellent nearby restaurant, so please be prepared for possible exposure to “the elements.”

“The weekend vastly exceeded my expectations:  good hotel, good food, excellent participants, interesting discussion sessions. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to attend.” Social Capital

“I felt incredibly pampered by all the great meals.” Education, Compulsion, and the State

Typical Schedule

All Advanced Topics in Liberty conferences follow the same schedule. Please use the below as a guide when planning for your weekend, keeping in mind that we ask that you be present at all events unless otherwise noted.