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

January 29, 2018 – Ottawa, ON

Matt Bufton and Sean Speer: Discussion on Libertarianism & Conservatism (Carleton University)

Have you ever wondered how conservatives and libertarians are the same? So you want to know how they are different? Come join Students for Liberty and the Carleton Conservatives for a discussion on libertarian and conservative values. This event will feature speakers Matt Bufton from the Institute for Liberal Studies and Sean Speer from the Macdonald-Laurier Institute. This talk will take place at 6:00 p.m in a room TBA, and is co-hosted by Students for Liberty Canada and Carleton’s Conservatives. Register here for this event.

February 6, 2018 – Montreal, QC

Alex Nowrasteh: What the U.S. & Canada Can Learn from Each Other on Immigration (McGill University)

Canada and the United States are two proud immigrant countries. For centuries, they have both welcomed millions of immigrants to their shores. But in recent decades, both countries have taken very different approaches to managing legal immigration. In a world where more people are seeking to emigrate, both Canada and the United States can learn from each other so they can better face the future. Alex Nowrasteh is an immigration policy analyst at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity in Washington, D.C. He received a Master of Science in economic history from the London School of Economics. His popular publications have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Washington Post, and most other major publications in the United States. He regularly appears on Fox News, MSNBC, Bloomberg, and numerous television and radio stations across the United States. This talk will take place at 4:00 p.m. in  a room TBA and is co-hosted by McGill’s Research Group on Constitutional Studies. Register here for this event.

February 8, 2018 – Calgary, AB

Matt Bufton: Tolerating Offensive Speech on Campus: The Kids Aren’t Alt-Right (Ambrose University)

ILS Executive Director Matt Bufton will address the current controversy over freedom of speech on campus, the distinction between academic freedom and our rights under the Charter, and the ways in which we can increase understanding between opposed points of view. Matt Bufton co-founded the Institute for Liberal Studies in 2006 and has served as the Executive Director since 2010. After graduating from the University of Windsor’s Odette School of Business he worked in marketing and project management in the insurance and software industries before returning to school to study Political Science at the University of Windsor and Public Policy at the University of Michigan. This talk will take place at 12:00 p.m. in  the Airhart Lecture Theatre and is co-hosted by Students for Liberty Ambrose. Register here for this event.

February 8, 2018 – Calgary, AB

Peter Jaworski: The Ethics of Immigration (University of Calgary)

Do we have an ethical obligation to open our borders to the world? Professor Peter Jaworski will present his views on the ethics of immigration. Peter Jaworski is Assistant Teaching Professor in the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. His research focuses on the application of ethical theory to business and markets. This talk is presented in collaboration with the University of Calgary Pre-Law Society, and will be taking place at 7:00 p.m. in a the Energy, Environment, Experiential Learning Building, EEL 161. Register here for this event.

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.

February 12, 2018 – Kingston, ON

Fred McMahon: Economic Freedom and its Consequences (Queen’s University)

In this talk, Fred McMahon will focus on economic freedom: conceptual and measurement issues; how it affects the dynamics of society; and what the research on economic freedom reveals about the outcomes (education achievement, longer healthier life, even increased happiness/life satisfaction levels). Fred McMahon is a Fraser Institute Resident Fellow and holder of the Dr. Michael A. Walker Research Chair in Economic Freedom. Mr. McMahon manages the Economic Freedom of the World Project and coordinates the Economic Freedom Network, an international alliance of over 100 think tank partners in about 100 nations and territories. He is the author of numerous research articles and several books. This talk will be taking place at 6:00 p.m. in a room TBA, and it is being co-hosted by the Queen’s International Affairs Association. Register here for this event.

March 12, 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 in the Sir James Dunn Building, the Wu, Room 113. Register here for this event.