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The Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) is pleased to invite you to participate in one of this year’s Summer Seminars! Summer Seminars bring together graduate students and faculty to explore the nature of free society.


In 2020, IHS will host five-day seminars in Washington, DC and Chapel Hill, NC, respectively in June and July. The deadline to apply May 15, 2020.


Summer Seminars are open to graduate students (master and Ph.D.) worldwide; applicants need not be U.S. citizens or have studied in the U.S. Ideal candidates are those interested in classical liberal concepts of political freedom, economic liberty, and individual rights.

  • The Classical Liberal Tradition

Washington, DC | June 16 – 21, 2020

Investigating the liberal account of free societies, from the proto-liberalism of Locke and Montesquieu through Smith, Hayek, the Ostroms, and beyond.

  • Modern Challenges to Liberty

Chapel Hill, NC | July 7 – 12, 2020

How much equality is enough? What to make of the alt-right? When are governments and markets likely to fail? Engage the strongest critics of liberalism and find their own response to their critiques.


Seminar tuition, housing, meals, and books are covered for all accepted participants. Participants are only responsible for travel costs. Travel assistance is also available to accepted participants.

The deadline to apply May 15, 2020.

IHS provides hotel accommodations for all student participants. Accommodations are based on same-gender double occupancy. All meals are included and can accommodate standard dietary needs.

Apply here.

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