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

February 1, 2017 – Ottawa, ON

How should Canada respond to ISIS? – Paul Robinson and John Robson (University of Ottawa)

Paul Robinson is a Professor in Public and International Affairs at The University of Ottawa, with extensive research in the area of military affairs. John Robson is a documentary film-maker, a columnist, radio commentator and an Invited Professor at the University of Ottawa. They will be debating the how Canada should best respond to the threat of ISIS. This event is co-hosted with the University of Ottawa Liberty Society. The debate will commence at 5.45 p.m. in Room FTX147A at the University of Ottawa. Register.

vgeloso-hrFebruary 15, 2017 – Montreal, QC

Vincent Geloso – Fidel Castro: Myths and Realities (McGill University)

Vincent Geloso received his PhD in economic history from the London School of Economics and is currently a post-doctoral fellow at Texas Tech University. He is a native of Montreal and received his undergraduate degree in economics and politics from the University of Montreal. Dr. Geloso will discuss the myths and realities surrounding Fidel Casto, and comment on what the future may hold for the Cuban people. Time and location TBD. Register.

Daniel Griswold March 8, 2017 – Kingston, ON
Daniel Griswold – Canada-US Trade in the Era of Donald Trump (Queen’s University)

Daniel Griswold is a Mercatus Center Senior Research Fellow and Co-Director of the Program on the American Economy and Globalization. He is a nationally recognized expert on trade and immigration policy.   His talk will begin 6pm at a location TBD at Queen’s University. Register.


MagetteWadeMarch 22, 2017 – Calgary, AB
Magatte Wade – On Entrepreneurship (University of Calgary) 

Magatte Wade is one of the most notable female entrepreneurs to emerge from Africa. She is passionate about entrepreneurship and creating high-end retail brands based on diverse African traditions that change the perception of Africa. Her talk will begin 4 p.m. at the University of Calgary, room location TBD. Register.