IHRanch_CircleThe Liberty Summer Seminar is the event that grew into the Institute for Liberal Studies. From 2001-2013 liberty lovers gathered on the property of the Jaworski family. (In 2010 the local municipality worried that the event violated zoning regulations, but the Jaworskis won that fight.) In 2014 Marta and Lech Jaworski returned to Poland. This year, the LSS will be held at the Iron Horse Ranch in Bethany.

Liberty Summer Seminar is an event like no other. The entire seminar takes place outdoors, under a big tent. It often rains, but that’s just part of the tradition. Over the years we’ve had some pretty big names giving talks under the tent – people like Michael Walker, Marc Emery, Lawrence Reed, Tom Palmer, John Tomasi, Lawrence White, and many more! Most people bring (or borrow!) a tent and camp for the weekend.

The 2016 Liberty Summer Seminar will take place over the weekend of July 23 and 24 (Saturday and Sunday).

Prices are listed below:

$99 – General Registration Fee ($120 after July 17)

$59 – Student Registration Fee ($80 after July 17)

Register here.

Schedule available here.

The following speakers will be presenting at the 2016 Liberty Summer Seminar:

SeanSpeerImageSean Speer is a Senior Fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute. He previously served in different roles for the federal government including as senior economic advisor to the Prime Minister and director of policy to the Minister of Finance. He has been cited by The Hill Times as one of the most influential people in government and by Embassy Magazine as one of the top 80 people influencing Canadian foreign policy.  He has written extensively about federal policy issues, including personal income taxes, government spending, social mobility, and economic competitiveness. His articles have appeared in every major national and regional newspaper in Canada (including the Globe and Mail and National Post) as well as prominent US-based publications (including Forbes and The American).‎  Sean holds an M.A. in History from Carleton University and has studied economic history as a PhD candidate at Queen’s University.

wendy-mcelroy_circleWendy McElroy is the author of XXX: A Woman’s Right to Pornography (St. Martin’s Press, 1995), Sexual Correctness: The Gender-Feminist Attack on Women (McFarland, 1996), The Reasonable Woman: A Guild to Intellectual Survival (Prometheus Books, 1998), Queen Silver: The Godless Girl (Prometheus Books, 2000), and Liberty for Women (Ivan R. Dee, 2002). She is the editor of Freedom, Feminism and the State (1st ed., Cato, 1983; 2nd ed., Holmes & Meier, 1991), the first anthology of individualist-feminism to appear in the past hundred years. She is the editor of the feminist website ifeminists.com. McElroy is also a research fellow at the Independent Institute in Oakland, California, and contributing editor to Ideas on Liberty, The New Libertarian, Free Inquiry and Liberty magazines. Her writing has appeared in such diverse periodicals as National Review, Marie Claire, and Penthouse.

Jeff Overall_circleDr. Jeffrey Overall is an assistant professor at the Nipissing University School of Business where he teaches strategy and decision-making courses. Prior to this, he held professorships at Ryerson University and the University of Hanover, Germany. He also taught at the St. Petersburg Polytechnical University in Russia and at the University of Bradford in the UK. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Bradford School of Management. He is an accomplished researcher and international speaker with a strong publication record. Dr. Overall has over 18 years of experience working directly with entrepreneurs within start-ups and SMEs across various sectors and countries. This includes co-founding two non-profit organizations that provide impoverished children in rural Nepal with educational subsidies. ________________________ ___________________________________________________            

AlexMalt_CircleDr. Alexander Malt is a philosopher with interests ranging from language and mind to economics and finance. He has a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Durham (UK) and is currently exploring crypto-currency and its possible intersections with other emerging technologies. Alex is particularly interested in the works of F. A. Hayek and how they anticipate modern research on chaos and complexity.  _________________________________________ _________________________________________




Pierre Desrochers is Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Toronto Mississauga. His research and teaching activities focus primarily on economic development, technological innovation, entrepreneurship, international trade, business-environment and business-university interactions. His other areas of expertise include intellectual property and urban and housing policy