Libertarian Scholars Conference

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Join Judge Andrew Napolitano, Walter Block, Paul Cantor, Joe Salerno, Peter Klein, David Gordon, Doug French, David Hart, Douglas Rasmussen, Ed Stringham, and many more at the 2018 Libertarian Scholars Conference on Saturday, October 20, at King’s College in New York City.

The first Libertarian Scholars Conference was held in New York City in 1972 under the aegis of the Center for Libertarian Studies. The conference was held annually (except for 1973) throughout the 1970s in New York or Princeton, New Jersey (1977, 1978), with the 8th and last “national” conference taking place at the Hotel Diplomat in New York. In the early 1980s regional Libertarian Scholars Conferences were held in Chicago and other cities. The conferences featured papers by the founding fathers of modern libertarian scholarship, including Murray Rothbard, Leonard Liggio, Walter Block, Ralph Raico, Ron Hamowy, Roy Childs and Walter Grinder. Other prominent scholars who presented papers were Henry Veatch, Leland Yeager, Hillel Steiner, Douglas Rasmussen, David Calleo, Bruce Russett, and Samuel Brittain.

The Libertarian Scholars Conference was originally conceived as a forum for scholars from different disciplines to meet and exchange ideas on the study of liberty. The ultimate goal was to integrate their diverse insights and approaches into a broad interdisciplinary perspective on liberty, what Murray Rothbard called “the discipline of liberty.” The founders of the conference hoped that this discipline or systematic body of knowledge would give shape and direction to the growing ideological movement of modern libertarianism, much as British classical and French liberal political economy had guided the movement of classical (laissez-faire) liberalism. This series of conferences succeeded admirably in stimulating scholarly research from a libertarian perspective and attracting many new scholars, young and old, to the scientific study of liberty.

The libertarian movement has grown tremendously since the early 1980s and so has the need for intellectual guidance from experts in the social sciences and humanities, whose several disciplines help elucidate the nature of human liberty and its importance in nurturing and sustaining the social order that permits human civilization to flourish.

With this in mind, the Mises Institute, as heir to the Center for Libertarian Studies, is reviving the Libertarian Scholars Conference, which will take place on Saturday, October 20, 2018, in New York City, the site of the first conference. Keynote opening address will be from Judge Andrew P. Napolitano of Fox News.

Special thanks to Steve Berger, The Story Garschina Foundation, Alice Lillie, and an anonymous donor for helping to make this event possible.

The conference is now closed for paper submissions.

Location and Schedule

The King’s College, 56 Broadway, New York City.
Tentative schedule:
8:30 a.m. Registration and coffee
9:00  -  9:45 a.m. Plenary Keynote Address: Judge Andrew P. Napolitano
9:45 a.m. break
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.  Lunch on your own
1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
3:00 p.m. break
3:15 - 4:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
4:45 p.m. break
5:00 - 5:30 p.m. Plenary Panel: Murray Rothbard and Modern Political Philosophy
5:30 p.m. Adjourn

The Holiday Inn Manhattan is within walking distance of the conference. To reserve a room there, call 855-914-1383 and mention Mises Institute or group code MIS for a special rate of $229 single and $249 double per night plus tax , before September 20. Or reserve a room online here.

Directions to The King’s College:
The King’s College is at 56 Broadway, a half mile down Broadway from Pace University. About 10 minute walk from Pace. The Broad Street subway station (J train) and the Wall Street subway station (2 train) are only minutes minutes away from TKC. To walk from Holiday Inn to The King’s College, go south on Washington Street and then left onto Rector Street. Go about 2.5 blocks. Turn right onto Broadway and The King’s College, 56 Broadway in on your left (about a 5 minute walk).

Here is a map of restaurants near The King’s College. Also nearby and recommended by locals: Stone Street RestaurantsHarry’s Steak (0.4 miles from TKC), Blue Ribbon Federal Grill, Fraunces Tavern at 54 Pearl Street, Nobu Downtown, and the Beekman Hotel Restaurants.

Apply here for a student scholarship.

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