Intermediate Liberty & Society
Liberty Weekend

July 3 - 5, 1999
Georgetown University, Washington, DC
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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Liberty Weekend provides an abbreviated survey of the "classical liberal" or libertarian tradition of individual rights, a free-market economy, tolerance, voluntary cooperation, and peace. Participants can:


  • Lectures
    Ten lectures during the weekend, ranging across economics, legal theory, philosophy, and policy.

  • Discussion
    Plenty of time allowed 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 there for participants throughout the weekend

  • Evening Discussion Groups
    An important 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 seminar >

  • Optional Career Session
    During free time on Saturday afternoon, faculty and IHS staff share insights about career options, grad school, how to succeed, and more
  • Socializing, with refreshments, each night -- the discussion continues!
  • FIREWORKS! No program is scheduled for Sunday evening, and participants may wish to see the fireworks in DC
Approximately 35 participants from around the United States and other countries

  • Undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates
  • Interested in learning more classical liberal ideas
  • Desiring an environment of intense learning and open inquiry
  • Unable to attend a full week-long seminar
Faculty participating throughout the week include:

  • John Hasnas, law, George Mason University & the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University

  • Jeremy Shearmur, political thought, Australian National University

  • Mario Rizzo, economics, New York University
Note: Participants can expect the same intense daily schedule of lectures and discussion as at a week-long seminar, but less material can be covered. Applicants are advised to take the full week-long seminar if possible. The reaction of law student Robert Vollmer, a '96 seminar participant, tells why:

"Although I initially thought the duration of the seminar excessive, I revised my opinion.... With such a multi-disciplinary approach, it simply takes time to present the ideas and theories. The schedule was demanding, but comprehensive, and in my opinion, well worth the amount of time invested."

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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