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

July 10-15, 2017 – Burnaby, BC

Freedom Week (Simon Fraser University)

Freedom Week is a five-day intellectual adventure that gives participants a chance to explore the ideas of liberty. Students 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 that includes Peter Jaworski (Georgetown University), Lynne Kiesling (Northwestern University), Erik Kimbrough (Simon Fraser University), and Moin Yahya (University of Alberta). Learn more.

July 21-23, 2017

Liberty Summer Seminar (Curran, ON)

This annual tradition combines camping, discussion, campfires, and music with talks about freedom and liberty! Topics will include immigration, the economic history of Canada, and more! The seminar will take place at Whispering Pines Campground, a one hour drive from Ottawa and 90 minutes from Montreal. Please see the LSS page for more details, including registration and a list of confirmed speakers and topics. Early bird rates ($75, $25 for students) are available until July 1.

Le 05 Août, 2017 / August 5, 2017 – Montreal, QC

Séminaire Libre Marché (Université Concordia) / Free Market Seminar (Concordia University)

Une journée-conférence organisée par le Séminaire libre marché en partenariat avec l’Institute for Liberal Studies. Ce séminaire traitera des aspects sociaux du libéralisme et se déroulera en français. Pour plus d’information et vous inscrire, cliquez ici. / A one-day seminar organized by the Séminaire libre marché in partnership with the Institute for Liberal Studies. The seminar will deal with the social aspects of liberalism and will be taking place in French. For more information and to sign up, click here.

August 14-19, 2017 – Montreal, QC

Freedom Week (McGill University)

Freedom Week is a five-day intellectual adventure that gives participants a chance to explore the ideas of liberty. Students 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 that includes Nimish Adhia (Manhattanville College), Glenn Fox (University of Guelph), Roberta Herzberg (Mercatus Center), Jacob Levy (McGill University), and James Stacey Taylor (The College of New Jersey). Learn more.

September 19, 2017 – Montreal, QC

Peter Boettke and Mathieu Bédard: How to Encourage Business Creation in Canada (McGill University)

Taking inspiration from the teachings of the Austrian School of Economics, what are the public policies that need to be improved in order to encourage more entrepreneurship and business creation? The analysis will address, among other things, issues of taxation, labour regulation, and ease of trade. This talk is presented in collaboration with the Montreal Economic Institute. Register here.