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

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 for the event in Montreal.

September 21, 2017 – Calgary, AB

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

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 and the University of Calgary School of Public Policy. Register here for the event in Calgary.

October 5, 2017 – Windsor, ON

Matt Bufton: Free Speech on Campus (University of Windsor)

ILS Executive Director Matt Bufton will be addressing students at the University of Windsor on the topic of free speech on campus. Matt graduated from the University of Windsor’s Odette School of Business as well as the Political Science program at the University of Windsor, and studied Public Policy at the University of Michigan. He co-founded the Institute for Liberal Studies in 2006 and has served as the Executive Director since 2010. This talk will be co-hosted by the uWindsor Campus Conservative Club. Time and Room Number TBA. Register here for this event.

October 17, 2017 – Ottawa, ON

Matt Bufton and Sean Speer: Are libertarians and conservatives natural allies? (Carleton University)

Institute for Liberal Studies Executive Director Matt Bufton will be debating Macdonald-Laurier Institute Munk Senior Fellow Sean Speer on the resolution “be it resolved that libertarians and conservatives are not natural allies”. Matt Bufton will be arguing for the resolution, while Sean Speer will be arguing against. This debate is being hosted by the Carleton Students for Liberty and the Carleton Conservative Association. Time and Room Number are TBA. Register here for this event.

November 2, 2017 – Vancouver, BC

Amir A. Nasr: A talk on the current political climate in the United States and its affect internationally (University of British Columbia)

Amir A. Nasr will be speaking on the topic of the current political climate in the United States and its affect on other nations. Amir A. Nasr, also known by his stage name DRIMA, is a Sudanese-born Canadian author, storyteller, producer, singer-songwriter, recording artist, and Director of business storytelling consultancy Assertive & Co. He is the author of the critically acclaimed and banned memoir My Isl@m. Nasr is also the founding member of the artist collective A Tribe Called Story and the host of its podcast series. This talk will take place at 6:00 p.m. in a location TBA. This event is being co-hosted by the UBC International Relations Students Association and the UBC Political Science Students’ Association. Register here for this event.

November 14, 2017 – Montreal, QC

Jason Sorens: Catalan Independence: Rule of Law Versus Right to Decide  (McGill University)

Catalonia will try to hold an independence referendum on October 1, which the Spanish government claims is illegal. What are the political and moral issues at stake in this confrontation between consent- and law-based accounts of legitimate rule? Professor Jason Sorens will be speaking on the topic of secessionism and the Catalan independence referendum. Jason Sorens is a lecturer in the Department of Government and Program Director of the Political Economy Project at Dartmouth College. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Yale University. This talk is being held in collaboration with the Research Group on Constitutional Studies at McGillThis talk will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Bronfman Building, Room 46.  Register here for this event.

November 23, 2017 – St. John’s, NL

Nimish Adhia: Do Immigrants Steal Jobs? (Memorial University)

It may appear the economic competition posed by immigrants is detrimental to a domestic workforce. But economists have found the effects of immigrants on the economic well-being of the domestic workforce to be subtle, mutli-channeled, and surprising. Dr. Nimish Adhia will be speaking about how immigrants affect the job market. Nimish Adhia is an assistant professor of economics at Manhattanville College in New York. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he worked with the renowned economic historian Deirdre McCloskey. Time and Room Number TBA.  Register here for this event.

February 9, 2018 – Calgary, AB

Peter Jaworski: Markets without Limits: How much for that kidney in the window? (University of Calgary)

May you sell your kidney? May you sell your blood plasma? In this talk, Peter Jaworski seeks to undermine the objections to markets in everything. Dr. Jaworski is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University in Washington, DC., and is the co-author of “Markets without Limits: Moral Virtues and Commercial Interests”. This talk is presented in collaboration with the Department of Philosophy at the University of Calgary, and will be taking place at 3:00 p.m. in the Philosophy Department Seminar Room.