The Institute for Liberal Studies hosts a variety of seminars, lectures, and conferences. Our flagship events include Freedom Week, Socratic 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.
August 15-20, 2016 – Montreal
Freedom Week (McGill University)
Freedom Week is a five-day intellectual adventure that gives participants a chance to explore the ideas of liberty. By taking part in Freedom Week you will have an opportunity to learn more about classical liberal ideas in areas like economics, philosophy, law, and public policy from a faculty of distinguished professors. Freedom Week is open to post-secondary students at the undergraduate or graduate level, and to recent graduates (within two years). Learn more.
November 16, 2016 – Ottawa
Paul Robinson: The Economics of the Soviet Union (Carleton University)
Paul Robinson is Professor of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. He is the author of numerous books on Russian and Soviet history, military history, and military ethics. Professor Robinson’s lecture will focus on the economic structure of the Soviet Union – based in part on his own experience living there. The lecture will begin at 7:00pm, and will be preceded by a reception with pizza and soft drinks at 6:00pm. Location TBD. This event is co-hosted with the Carleton University Economics Association. Register.
Cardus-ILS Debate: Conservative vs Libertarian
The Institute for Liberal Studies will be partnering with another Canadian think tank, Cardus, to host an evening of friendly debate. The topic: corporate responsibility. The ILS’ Executive Director, Matt Bufton, will argue for the topic from a libertarian’s perspective, while Cardus will present a conservative rebuttal. The debate will be followed by drinks at the newly renovated Cardus offices on Rideau Street. Register.