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The Challenge of Liberty
Summer Seminars for Students

2014 Schedule:
College: June 16–20 (Denver, CO)
College: July 7–11 (Berkeley, CA)
High School: July 14–18 (Oakland, CA)

Introduction | Speakers | Curriculum | Enrollment | Videos


Each year the Independent Institute holds The Challenge of Liberty Summer Seminar for college and high school age students. These videos are highlights from our 2013, 2012, and 2011 sessions.

The Rise of Liberty

José Yulo on Ethics and Liberty (August 1, 2011)
Anthony Gregory on Marginal Revolution and the Austrians (August 3, 2011)

Economics Fundamentals

Ivan Pongracic on Austrian Economic Theory (August 1, 2012)
Alexandré Padilla on Externalities (June 18, 2013)
Alexandré Padilla on The Firm and Entrepreneurship (June 18, 2013)
Randy T. Simmons on Public Choice Theory (July 31, 2012)
Ivan Pongracic on Money and Banking Without the State (July 31, 2012)
Benjamin Powell on Sweatshops (June 19, 2012)

Economic Interventionism

Ivan Pongracic on Why Socialism Failed (July 17, 2013)
Randy T. Simmons on Public Goods and Market Failures (July 31, 2012)
Randy T. Simmons on Environmental Regulation (July 31, 2012)
Ivan Pongracic on Regulation and Interventionism (July 31, 2012)
Ben Powell on Monopoly and Antitrust (June 20, 2012)

Contemporary Issues and Government Failure

Benjamin Powell on Immigration (July 18, 2013)
Benjamin Powell on Antitrust and Monopoly (July 18, 2013)
Benjamin Powell on Globalism and Development (June 19, 2012)
Ben Powell on Immigration and Economic Growth (June 20, 2012)
Robert Higgs on The Great Depression vs. Great Recession (August 2, 2012)

The Nation State and the Future of Freedom

Robert Higgs on a Century of Crisis and Leviathan (August 5, 2011)



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