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

awudrickOctober 4, 2016 – Kingston

Aaron Wudrick – Canada’s Debt Problem: Mortgaging your future (Queen’s University)

Aaron Wudrick is the federal spokesman for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, a non-partisan association that focuses on fiscal and budgetary issues affecting federal and provincial governments. Aaron holds a BA in economics and political science from the University of Waterloo, and a J.D. from the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Ontario. His talk will focus on issues relating to public debt and deficits. This talk is co-hosted with the Queen’s Financial Literacy Initiative. Mac-Cory D124, 5:00-6:30pm. Register.

brennanOctober 14, 2016 – Toronto

Jason Brennan – Against Democracy (University of Toronto)

Jason Brennan is the Robert J. and Elizabeth Flanagan Family Chair and Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. He earned his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Arizona. Professor Brennan will be discussing his book “Against Democracy” , which he argues that democracy should be judged by its results – and the results are not good enough. Co-hosted with the Association of Political Science Students. University College, room 161, 2:00-4:00PM. Register.

Hayek_BuckleyNovember 14, 2016 – Ottawa

Cardus-ILS Debate – Conservative vs Libertarian (45 Rideau Street)

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.

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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. This event is co-hosted with the Carleton University Economics Association. The lecture will begin at 7:00pm in Tory Building Room 340, and will be preceded by a reception with pizza and soft drinks at 6:00pm in the foyer.  Register.

munger_1January 12, 2017 – Ottawa

Michael Munger – Tomorrow 3.0 (Carleton University)

Michael Munger holds appointments in the departments of Economics, Political Science, and Philosophy at Duke University, and is director of the interdisciplinary PPE Program at Duke. He received his Ph.D. in Economics at Washington University in St. Louis. Professor Munger’s will address how new technologies will change the way we work and the way we live. 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.