IHS Summer Seminars

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 introduced a brand-new format with more speakers and a renewed focus on the challenges facing liberal democracy.

Want to see what you missed?

Here are video playlists of the two extraordinary weeks of discovery and learning:

Watch the entire “Week One – The Classical Liberal Tradition” playlist below or on YouTube. You may also select specific videos to watch from week one on our YouTube channel.

Watch the entire “Week Two – Modern Challenges to Liberty” playlist below or on YouTube. You may also select specific videos to watch from the second week on our YouTube channel.

Week One – The Classical Liberal Tradition

Week Two – Modern Challenges to Liberty

Two seminars. Six days. Boundless ideas.

Summer Seminars 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, due to COVID-19, IHS moved its two seminars online.

The Classical Liberal Tradition
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.

Faculty included Bobbi Herzberg, Jacob Levy, John Hasnas, Emily Chamlee-Wright, Pete Boettke, Lauren Hall, Noel Johnson, Eric Mack, Brian Kogelmann, and Steve Davies.

Modern Challenges to Liberty
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.

Faculty included Fabio Rojas, Mark LeBar, Bruce Caldwell, and Lauren Heller.

Join us in 2021!

Summer Seminars are free to attend and open to all. Registration for 2021 seminars will open early in 2021. If you have questions in the meantime, 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