“I didn’t know very much about classical liberal ideas coming into Freedom Week. The seminar was informative, engaging, and fun. It has opened my mind up to ideas I had never considered and I’m grateful to have had the opportunity.”

Screenshot (5)– Kristen Shorer, Wilfrid Laurier University

“Between the variety of topics covered during the lectures and the contributions of the attendees I consistently find ILS seminars to be both more stimulating and more informative than any class I’ve taken at my university. I would recommend Freedom Week to anyone with an interest in political issues.”

– Omar Benmegdoul, University of Ottawa

Do you want to meet others who share your passion for ideas?

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. The curriculum has been designed to engage students who are new to these ideas, as well as those with a bit more experience. There is no charge to take part in Freedom Week. Participants are selected through a competitive application process. All participants will have accommodations and meals provided by the Institute for Liberal Studies. In return, they are expected to attend, and fully participate in, all seminar sessions. Students are responsible for the cost of their own travel to the seminar.

Freedom Week is open to post-secondary students at the undergraduate or graduate level, and to recent graduates (within two years). Applicants must have completed at least one year of post-secondary studies and be between 18 and 29 years of age at the start of the seminar. Due to the high level of interest in Freedom Week, we will not consider applications from previous participants. Foreign nationals are welcome to apply, but we are unable to offer advice or assistance in obtaining a visa to visit to Canada.

This year we will host the following two Freedom Week seminars:

  • Vancouver (Simon Fraser University): July 11-16, 2016
  • Montreal (McGill University): August 15-20, 2016

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Details for Freedom Week seminars in 2017 will be announced in January.