IHS Summer Seminars


COVID-19 Update

The Institute for Humane Studies remains committed to convening both 2020 Summer Seminars. We will be changing this year’s format to better ensure the health of faculty and participants. Watch this space for more information in the coming weeks.

A New Seminar for a New Decade

For nearly 50 years, IHS has gathered the brightest minds to its Summer Seminars. Friedrich Hayek. James Buchanan. Robert Nozick.

In 2020, we’re introducing a brand-new format with more speakers, better accommodations, and a renewed focus on the challenges facing liberal democracy.

Two cities. Five days. Boundless ideas.

Summer Seminars bring together graduate students and faculty to explore the nature of free society. Lectures, discussions, and evening socials lead to connections—intellectual and personal connections—that can last a lifetime.

In 2020, IHS will host five-day seminars in Washington, DC and Chapel Hill, NC.

The Classical Liberal Tradition
Washington, DC | June 16 – 21, 2020

Investigating the liberal account of free societies, from the proto-liberalism of Locke and Montesquieu through Smith, Hayek, the Ostroms, and beyond.

Modern Challenges to Liberty
Chapel Hill, NC | July 7 – 12, 2020

How should we balance liberty and equality? How to respond to the alt-right? When are governments and markets likely to fail? Engage the strongest critics of liberalism and find your own response to their critiques.

What You Can Expect

Application and Logistical Information

Cost & Accommodations

IHS covers the cost of seminar tuition, housing, and meals. Participants are responsible for travel expenses, though IHS is committed to offering modest travel assistance to every participant.

Accommodations are same-gender double-occupancy hotel rooms. We are happy to accommodate standard dietary needs.

Eligibility and Requirements

Summer Seminars are open to graduate students worldwide; applicants need not be U.S. citizens or have studied in the U.S. Ideal candidates are those interested in classical liberal concepts of political freedom, economic liberty, and individual rights.

If you have any questions, please email us at Seminars@TheIHS.org.

“I attended the event trying to figure out what IHS exactly was. But I was hooked after the second lecture. I’m pretty sure I’ll be an IHS person for life.

– Recent Alumnus

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