Liberty Fund has held more than 4,000 conferences around the world. These small, Socratic-style conferences focus on themes in economics, history, law, political thought, literature, philosophy, religion, and the natural sciences.

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Conversations Worth Having

Liberty Fund conferences seek to illuminate individual liberty and responsibility through informal yet serious discussion of ideas that have shaped human civilization and free society. These invitation-only events bring together scholars and professionals from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds to explore ideas of liberty.

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A Format Designed to Engage

For each conference, Liberty Fund invites a multidisciplinary and diverse group of individuals to participate in a moderated roundtable discussion about perennial issues of liberty and responsibility. Conferees read assigned texts in advance of the sessions and bring their unique perspectives to the table.

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Discussions That Refresh Your Thinking

The conference program reflects the conviction that education in a free society requires discussions that freely engage with ideas that have shaped human civilization and a free society. Liberty Fund brings people together to examine, refine, and expand their own ideas in the company of inquiring colleagues.

Sample Conference Topics

  • Free Will, Character, Fate, and Dharma in the Mahabharata
  • Adam Smith and Alexis de Tocqueville on the Conditions of Individual Freedom
  • The Federalists, the Anti-Federalists, and the Constitution They Created
  • Trust and Economic Growth in Brazil
  • Liberty and the American West in the Films of John Ford
  • Virtue, Private Property, and Freedom: East and West
  • Big Business and the Free Society
  • Liberty, Responsibility, and Intergenerational Justice
  • Balzac’s Capitalism: Money, Passions, and Morality in Père Goriot
  • Cicero and the Republican Tradition of Liberty
  • Liberty under the Tudors in Hume’s History of England

Global Reach


Co-Sponsored Conference Program

In 2004, Liberty Fund began partnering with other organizations to expand our discussions to their networks. Through these partnerships, over 1,000 co-sponsored conferences have been held in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and Europe.

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