Explore the ideas of a free and open society in a rigorous, interdisciplinary setting.
Created for graduate students, or advanced undergraduates pursuing a career in academia, this week-long seminar is an ideal opportunity to build an understanding of classical liberal ideas that is informed by the perspectives of multiple disciplines.
In addition to a series of lectures from distinguished scholars on their current research in the classical liberal tradition, we will host discussion sessions throughout the week to allow you to engage ideas more critically with your peers and the seminar faculty. Following the seminar, you’ll gain access to a host of exclusive IHS programs and resources for advanced undergraduate and graduate students.
Applications are now closed.
The schedule below is subject to change.
Education Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) in London
Before joining IEA, Stephen Davies was a Program Officer at IHS. From 1979 until 2009, he was Senior Lecturer in the Department of History and Economic History at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at the Social Philosophy and Policy Center at Bowling Green.
A historian, he graduated from St Andrews University in Scotland in 1976 and gained his PhD from the same institution in 1984. He was co-editor, with Nigel Ashford, of The Dictionary of Conservative and Libertarian Thought (Routledge, 1991) and wrote several entries for The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism, edited by Ronald Hamowy (Sage, 2008), including the general introduction. He is also the author of Empiricism and History (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003) and of several articles and essays on topics including the private provision of public goods and the history of crime and criminal justice. Among his other interests are science fiction and the fortunes of Manchester City.
Associate Professor of Philosophy, College of William & Mary
Christopher Freiman is a graduate of Duke University (B.A. in Philosophy) and the University of Arizona (M.A., Ph.D. in Philosophy). His work has appeared in venues such as the Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Philosophical Studies, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, The Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy, and The Oxford Handbook of Political Philosophy.
Professor Freiman’s research interests include democratic theory, distributive justice, and immigration.
Associate Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Free Enterprise in the College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University
Dr. Hall earned his bachelor and master degrees in economics from Ohio University and his Ph.D. from West Virginia University in 2007. Prior to returning to his alma mater, he was the Elbert H. Neese, Jr. Professor of Economics at Beloit College.
He is a Past President of the Association of Private Enterprise Education and is also a Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute. A co-author of the widely cited Economic Freedom of the World annual report, he is also author or co-author of over 90 articles in journals such as Public Choice, Contemporary Economic Policy, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Urban Studies, Southern Economic Journal, Public Finance Review, and Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.
Associate Professor of Sociology, Indiana University, Bloomington
Dr. Rojas received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago in 2003. His main research interest is organizational analysis and its intersections with political sociology. His book, From Black Power to Black Studies: How a Radical Social Movement Became an Academic Discipline (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007), uses data from the black studies movement to show how social movements generate lasting organizational change.
He teaches introduction to sociology, economic sociology, social theory and theories of social organization for graduate students. His leisure time is spent with his family and his musical pursuits.