The Institute for Liberal Studies hosts a variety of seminars, lectures, and conferences. Our flagship events include Freedom WeekSocratic Seminars, and the Liberty Summer Seminar. If you would like to be notified about upcoming events please subscribe to our email newsletter. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free of charge and open to all.

Upcoming Events

November 23, 2017 – St. John’s, NL

Nimish Adhia: Do Immigrants Steal Jobs? (Memorial University)

It may appear the economic competition posed by immigrants is detrimental to a domestic workforce. But economists have found the effects of immigrants on the economic well-being of the domestic workforce to be subtle, mutli-channeled, and surprising. Dr. Nimish Adhia will be speaking about how immigrants affect the job market. Nimish Adhia is an assistant professor of economics at Manhattanville College in New York. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he worked with the renowned economic historian Deirdre McCloskey. This event will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Science Building, Room SN2036. This talk is being co-sponsored by Students for Liberty Canada and AIMS on Campus.  Register here for this event.

February 5, 2018 – Sackville, NB

Michael Munger: What Are the Moral and Regulatory Implications of the Sharing Economy? (Mount Allison University)

The “sharing economy” is actually the intersection of using “app”s to sell reductions in transactions costs, and the large amounts of unused or excess capacity in a variety of durables in our lives.  The transactions costs revolution will transform the boundary between renting and owning.  The problem, as Marc Andreessen has noted, is that “software eats the world.” Software is to the service economy just as corrosive as automation and robotics was to the manufacturing economy.  What are the obligations of individuals in such a wrenching transformation, and what role should regulation play in trying limit the most damaging impacts? Professor Michael Munger received his Ph.D. in Economics at Washington University. He was the Chair of the Political Science Department at Duke University from 2000 through 2010. He has won three University-wide teaching awards (the Howard Johnson Award, an NAACP “Image” Award for teaching about race, and admission to the Bass Society of Teaching Fellows). He is currently director of the interdisciplinary PPE Program at Duke University. This talk is being co-sponsored by the Mount Allison Department of Social Sciences, and will take place at 11:30 a.m. in the Sir James Dunn Building, Room 113.

February 9, 2018 – Calgary, AB

Peter Jaworski: Markets without Limits: How much for that kidney in the window? (University of Calgary)

May you sell your kidney? May you sell your blood plasma? Many people shudder at the thought. To put some goods and services up for sale offends human dignity. If everything is commodified, then nothing is sacred. The market corrodes our character. Or so many people say. In his talk, Peter Jaworski seeks to undermine all of these objections. If you may do it for free, then you may do it for money. Dr. Jaworski is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University in Washington, DC., and is the co-author of “Markets without Limits: Moral Virtues and Commercial Interests”. This talk is presented in collaboration with the Department of Philosophy at the University of Calgary, and will be taking place at 3:00 p.m. in the Philosophy Department Seminar Room. No registration necessary for this event.