Introductory Liberty & Society
Foundations of Liberty

June 17-23, 2000
Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.

Faculty & Participants "I appreciated that we were not handed easy answers at the Foundations of Liberty seminar. The faculty pushed us to questions rather than answers."

-- Nicholas Laperriere, B.A. '97, Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley
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Foundations of Liberty introduces participants to "classical liberal" or libertarian insights about the roles of individuals, communities, and governments in advancing human well-being. Participants can:

  • Lectures
    Three to four lectures a day from faculty in a variety of disciplines

  • Discussion
    Plenty of time for Q&A and small-group discussion following each lecture

  • Interaction with Faculty
    Talk to faculty over meals, in-between sessions, and during the evening social gatherings -- faculty are with participants throughout the week

  • Activities
    Opportunities to gain hands-on understanding of new ideas through team problem-solving, case studies, and simulations

  • Evening Discussion Groups
    A famous feature of IHS seminars -- participants raise issues of greatest importance to them, challenge the faculty and each other, and debate the exciting ideas of the week

  • Career Tips
    Throughout the week, pick up pointers from faculty and staff about career options, how to prepare yourself, and more


  • Socializing, with refreshments, each night -- the discussion continues!
  • Free time every afternoon
  • Tuesday afternoon and evening free for recreation and sightseeing
Approximately 50 participants from around the United States and other countries

  • Undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates
  • Interested in learning about classical liberal approaches
  • Desiring an environment of intense learning and open inquiry

Faculty participating throughout the week include:

  • Andrew Cohen, philosophy, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point

  • Howard Baetjer, economics, Towson State

  • John Majewski, history, University of California, Santa Barbara

  • David Prychitko, economics, Northern Michigan University

  • Pamela Regis, literature, Western Maryland College
"The Foundations of Liberty seminar was a wonderful experience. The avenues of intellectual inquiry opened up before me, as well as the intriguing and captivating people that I met, have made the opportunity priceless."

-- Chris Zubowicz, B.A. '98, Political Science, Dickinson College

You are now able to apply to IHS Summer Seminars by the Internet, e-mail, printing out an application, or having IHS mail you an application. Choose the most convient method below:

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