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

 

SFU CampusJuly 11-16, 2016 – Vancouver

Freedom Week (Simon Fraser 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.

IHRanch_CircleJuly 23-24, 2016 – Iron Horse Ranch, Bethany

Liberty Summer Seminar

The Liberty Summer Seminar is a pro-liberty event like no other. The Institute for Liberal Studies is holding the seminar in 2016 at the idyllic Iron Horse Ranch in Bethany, outside of Toronto. Over this weekend, the ILS will host some truly fantastic speakers, including individualist-feminist author Wendy McElroy and the former economic advisor to Stephen Harper, Sean Speer. All sessions are held outdoors, in a large tent, and include music on the Saturday night. Learn more.

LibreMarche_Seminaire August 6, 2016 – Montreal

Séminaire sur le libre marché | Free Market Seminar (sponsored by the ILS)

The Institute for Liberal Studies is sponsoring a seminar in French this August, where six renowned  presenters will discuss income inequality, the environment and markets. A number of readings will help attendees prepare for the discussions after each presentation. A ‘5 à 7’ will follow the seminar, allowing attendees to meet the presenters and others in the liberty movement. The séminaire sur le libre marché will help French speaking attendees deepen their understanding of economics and network with liberty-minded individuals. Register here.

MCGILL-UNIVERSITY-570August 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.

Hayek_BuckleyOctober, 2016 – Ottawa

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 here.