Exceptional opportunities for exceptional students.
Intellectual Formation, Lifelong Connections. The AFI Experience.
ISI's American Freedom Institute is a week-long introduction to the principles underlying American liberty: constitutional government, free markets, individual liberty, the rule of law, local communities, strong families, and traditional values.
The final deadline for applications is July 1, 2013. All on-site expenses will be paid. Please submit a résumé and a brief cover letter detailing why you are a conservative or libertarian.
Learn more about America's founding political, economic and cultural heritage. Discover the principled basis for your conservatism.
|Economic Liberty||Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations
Friedrich Hayek's The Road to Serfdom
|Dr. Art Carden, Professor of Economics, Samford University
Dr. Dan Smith, Professor of Economics, Troy University
|The American Founding||The Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers
Russell Kirk's The American Cause
|Dr. Richard Brake, Director of Education, ISI
Dr. Brickey LeQuire, Professor of Political Science, Samford University
|American Political Culture||Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America
Robert Nisbet's The Quest for Community
|Dr. Will Jordan, Professor of Political Science, Mercer University
Dr. Donald Prudlo, Professor of History, Jacksonville State University
This all-expenses-paid leadership retreat provides the most promising student leaders with an overview of intellectual conservatism. In addition, the program equips participants with the practical skills necessary for expanding the conservative presence at their schools. This retreat also gives students the opportunity to build fellowship with students from across the country and develop lifelong connections.
Applications will be accepted starting on Novemeber 19, 2012. Applicants must be enrolled as undergraduates for academic year 2013-2014. To apply, submit a résumé and a one-page cover letter highlighting how you are a conservative or libertarian leader on campus. Applications will be notified of their acceptance in Spring 2013.
Hear from some of the leaders of the conservative intellectual movement. Work with ISI staff on practical ways to spread conservatism on your campus.
|The Conservative Intellectual Movement||The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945||Dr. George H. Nash, Public Intellectual and Author|
|Austrian Economics||It Didn't Have To Be This Way: Why Boom and Bust Is Unnecessary||Dr. Harry Veryser, Professor of Economics, University of Detroit|
|Russell Kirk and J.R.R. Tolkein||Sanctifying Myth: Understanding Middle Earth||Dr. Bradley Birzer, Professor of History, Hillsdale College|
|Russell Kirk and T.S. Eliot||Eliot and His Age||Dr. Benjamin Lockerd, Professor of English, Grand Valley State University|
|How to Bring Conservatism to Campus||Break-out Sessions||ISI Staff|
You've read the books. You've heard the lectures. You've taken the classes. You've written the papers—sometimes even on time. But in the classical tradition, the content of one's knowledge isn't education enough- you must also master the art of rhetoric. This summer at the McConnell Center in Louisville, Kentucky, ISI will be taking conservatism to a new intellectual level. ISI student leaders will engage in an intensive week of philosophical debate based on traditional debating societies, such as the Oxford Union, Cambridge Union Society, and the American Whig–Cliosophic Society, to name a few.
All on-site expenses will be paid, and a small stipend will be available to defray travel costs.
Applications will be accepted starting on November 19, 2012 and approved on a rolling basis. Please submit a résumé and a one-page cover letter explaining who your favorite political thinker is.
Hone your debating skills. Challenge and expand your conservative philosophy.
|“Federalist or Anti-Federalist?”||Dr. Gary Gregg, Director, The McConnell Center for Political Leadership, University of Louisville
Dr. Richard Brake, Director of Education, ISI
|“What is a True Free Market?”||Dr. Gary Wolfram, Professor of Economics, Hillsdale College
Dr. Allan Carlson, Director, The Howard Center for Family, Religion, and Society
|“How is America Exceptional?”||Dr. Richard Gamble, Professor of History, Hillsdale College
Dr. Thomas Karako, Professor of Political Science, Kenyon College