The Institute for Liberal 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

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February 8, 2016 – University of TorontoFB logo small

David Henderson: Against Military Intervention

Given the situation in the Middle East, military intervention is becoming an increasingly important issue. Come hear from Stanford University Research Fellow, David Henderson, on his opinions of military intervention. This event is presented in conjunction with the University of Toronto Association of Political Science Students (UTAPSS). Event will be held at Croft Chapter House at the University of Toronto and will begin at 3pm. Please register here.

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Paul Robinson and John Robson: “How Should Canada Respond to ISIS?” debate

With concerns of young Canadians joining the militant group ISIS overseas, Canada’s response to ISIS is becoming an increasingly popular point of contention. Paul Robinson holds an MA in Russian and Eastern European Studies, a D. Phil. in Modern History and has previously served for the Canadian military. John Robson is invited Professor at the University of Ottawa and so much more. Robson holds a Ph.D in American history Event will be held at Steacie Building (SC) 103 and will begin at 5:45pm. Please register here.
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useFebruary 10, 2016 – University of Ottawa

Bruce Pardy:  “How Private Property Can Save Our Environment”

Who should pay the price for the pollution we emit? The Government? Corporations? The Individual? Come hear Dr. Bruce Pardy’s interesting take on how private rights, and not government regulation, can help alleviate many of the environmental problems we face. Dr. Pardy is a professor in the Queen’s Faculty of Law. His areas of research include environmental law and governance, ecosystem management and climate change law. Event will be held in FSS4006 at the University of Ottawa and will begin at 5:30pm. Please register here.

Februvgeloso-hrary 11, 2016 – McGill UniversityFB logo small

Vincent Geloso: Ubernomics – How technology and free markets can work for everyone

Technological breakthroughs are allowing considerable improvements in the well-being of consumers and producers. Come listen to, Associate Researcher at the Montreal Economic Institute and PhD candidate, Vincent Geloso,  as he explores why free markets are the key to innovation in sectors that have long been stagnant as a result of regulations. The lecture will begin at 4PM and will take place at the McGill Student Centre, Madeleine Parent Room. Please register here.

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Steve Horwitz: Hayek’s Modern Family

Economist Steve Horwitz from St. Lawrence University will be speaking about his recent book, Hayek’s Modern Family, which offers a classical liberal theory of the family, taking Hayekian social theory as the main analytical framework. This talk will take place at the Institute for Liberal Studies (368 Dalhousie Street, 3rd Floor) at 6:00PM. We will be raffling off two hardcover copies of the book to those in attendance. Please register here.

ilya-sominApril 29, 2016 – Ottawa

Law & Property Symposium

This day-long symposium will bring together academics, policy analysts, and others working on issues related to law and property to present their work and receive feedback. The symposium will also include lunch and a presentation by Ilya Somin, Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law. His comments will focus on his recent book The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain (University of Chicago Press, 2015). Learn more.

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.

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.