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ISI gets the right people in the room.

For many students and faculty, participation in an ISI conference is a major highlight of their intellectual and professional life.

2015 Summer seminars

Every summer, ISI brings together a select group of promising young conservatives to learn the principles underlying American liberty with distinguished speakers and faculty. This summer, we are hosting two all-expenses-paid week-long seminars:

Arguing Conservatism A rhetoric and debate symposium

July 12-17, 2015 Russell Kirk Center—Mecosta, Michigan

Public lectures and debates

ISI makes available top scholars and nationally known speakers to lecture and debate across the country.

Browse upcoming public lectures and debates
Browse the ISI Speaker's Bureau to plan your own lecture or debate

Liberty Fund

Colloquia in a Socratic spirit.

"American Universities and the Principles of Liberty" is a series of colloquia devoted to a better understanding of specific themes and texts that have been crucial to the development and preservation of liberty in the West. It is part of a partnered program with the Liberty Fund, Inc.

These colloquia are by-invitation-only and bring students to appealing settings throughout the United States for a weekend of extended Socratic-style discussions, both formal and informal, over assigned readings that address specific themes. Leading scholars facilitate discussion during the formal sessions; the schedule also leaves time for casual interaction either during meals and hospitality or free time in the afternoons.

ISI covers the expenses for all eligible students, including travel, meals and lodging. The colloquia run from Thursday night, with an opening reception and meal, through a formal meal and hospitality on Saturday night. The schedule for Fridays and Saturdays consists of two 90-minute sessions each morning and one 90-minute session late each afternoon.

Students who are interested in participating in this program should contact Emily Corwin, the seminar program manager.