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

Applications will remain open until seminars have reached capacity.
Each seminar location can host up to 50 students.

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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 previous 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)
Michael Thomas: Economic Institutions (July 16, 2014)
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

Ben Powell on Immigration (July 18, 2013)
Ben Powell on Antitrust and Monopoly (July 18, 2013)
Ben 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)
Anthony Gregory: The Myth of War Prosperity (July 24, 2013)
Chris Coyne: Exporting Democracy (June 19, 2014)
Robert Higgs: The Welfare State (June 17, 2014)

The Nation State and the Future of Freedom

Robert Higgs on a Century of Crisis and Leviathan (August 5, 2011)
Mary L. G. Theroux: Private vs. Public Disaster Relief (July 24, 2013)


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.