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Challenge of Liberty Seminars
2015 Schedule:
June 1–5: Colorado Christian University, Denver
June 8–12: University of Colorado, Boulder
July 6–10: University of California, Berkeley

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Each seminar is designed as an introductory course on the principles of free-market economics and the philosophical foundations of freedom and natural rights. Each day consists of presentations by key university professors and Independent Institute research fellows, as well as smaller round-table discussions.
  • On Monday students learn about the core philosophical foundations of a free society, the rise of liberty in the West, and the elemental principles of economics.
  • On Tuesday the faculty covers such key topics as public choice theory, praxeology, the history of economic thought. Following the lead of great economists like Ludwig von Mises, we introduce students to these fundamentals and then move on to the ramifications of state interventionism—taxation, regulation, antitrust law, and socialist central planning.
  • By Thursday the teachers have struck the root of mythology surrounding so-called market failure and have moved on to illustrating the social destruction unleashed by all-too-real government failure. The state has made a mess of education, health care, the environment, and charity, and students hear market, voluntary approaches to these social issues they won’t get elsewhere.
  • On Friday we round out the week by discussing issues of pressing international importance.

Curriculum for the 2015 seminars:

The Challenge of Liberty
Western Civilization and Thought
Personal Liberty and Responsibility
Utilitarianism v. Natural Law Ethics
Property Rights

History of Economic Thought
Entrepreneurship, Competition, & Market Processes
Profit, Loss, & Economic Calculation
Command, Market, & Public Choice Economics
Business Cycles

Interventionism & Regulations
Monopolies & Anti-Trust Law
The Welfare State
The Great Depression & the Gilded Age of America

The Surveillance State
Transportation & Energy
Environmental Issues
Employment & Labor

Education & Schooling
The Voluntary City: Urban Problems
The Future of Liberty

For more information, please contact:

Amy Lee Andres
The Independent Institute
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Oakland, California 94621-1428
510-632-1366 x156 (phone)
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The Challenge of Liberty is operated by the Independent Institute at UC Berkeley, Colorado Christian University, and CU Boulder. The Universities and their Conference Services are not responsible for the program in any way.    

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