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March 2-4, 2018, Students For Liberty will host LibertyCon at the Washington Marriott, Wardman Park. Join us in Washington D.C. and help usher in a new chapter for the global liberty movement ‒ just when we need it most.

More than just a student conference, SFL’s LibertyCon is a place for liberty-lovers of all ages to meet, plan, learn, and have fun.

With a faster-paced schedule this year, it’s going to be non-stop liberty for three days straight ‒ and we’ve got a little something for everyone. From the Ama-Gi Art Exhibit, to workshops, film screenings, musical guests, and more, there are many ways to “Be Free” at LibertyCon.
March 2-4, 2018, Students For Liberty will host LibertyCon at the Washington Marriott, Wardman Park. Join us in Washington D.C. and help usher in a new chapter for the global liberty movement ‒ just when we need it most.

More than just a student conference, SFL’s LibertyCon is a place for liberty-lovers of all ages to meet, plan, learn, and have fun.

With a faster-paced schedule this year, it’s going to be non-stop liberty for three days straight ‒ and we’ve got a little something for everyone. From the Ama-Gi Art Exhibit, to workshops, film screenings, musical guests, and more, there are many ways to “Be Free” at LibertyCon.
PROGRAM
Many more coming soon!

John McAfee

Tech Titan

John McAfee

Tech Titan

A cybersecurity and software pioneer, Mr. McAfee began his career at NASA’s Institute for Space Studies from 1968 to 1970. Later, Mr. McAfee successfully contributed to various software and development projects with technology leaders, such as Univac, Zerox, Computer Sciences Corporation, and consulting firm, Booze Allan Hamilton. In 1989, Mr. McAfee left Lockheed Martin and began McAfee Associates, the world’s first antivirus company. Two years after McAfee Associates went public, Mr. McAfee sold his remaining stake in the company that was acquired by Intel Corporation in August 2010. In 2016, Mr. McAfee sought the office of President of the United States as a candidate of the Libertarian Party. Mr. McAfee has earned bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Roanoke College, which subsequently awarded him an honorary Sc.D degree in 2008. Mr. McAfee is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman of the Board for MGT Capital Investments, a cybersecurity firm. Mr. McAfee currently lives in Lexington, Tennessee and works out of the company's Durham headquarters.

Deirdre McCloskey

Speaker

Deirdre Nansen McCloskey taught until 2015 economics, history, English, and communication, adjunct in philosophy and classics, at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is the author of seventeen books and some 400 scholarly articles ranging from technical economics and statistics to gender studies and literary criticism, she has taught in England, Australia, Holland, Italy, and Sweden, and holds ten honorary degrees. Her trilogy of books (2006, 2010, 2016) on the "bourgeois era"; explains modern riches not from trade or exploitation or science, but as an outcome of a new respect after 1700 for trade-tested betterment, Adam Smith’s “liberal plan of [social] equality, [economic] liberty, and [legal] justice.”

McCloskey is often classed with “conservative” economists, Chicago-School style (she taught in the Economics Department there from 1968 to 1980, tenured in 1975, and during her last year also in History). She still admires supply and demand. But she protests: “I’m a literary, quantitative, postmodern, free-market, progressive Episcopalian, Midwestern woman from Boston who was once a man. Not ‘conservative.’ I’m a Christian libertarian, or a humane liberal."

David Friedman

Economist, Legal Scholar

David Friedman

Economist, Legal Scholar

David Friedman is an academic economist with a doctorate in physics who has spent the past twenty-one years teaching in a law school. His first book, The Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism, was published in 1971 and includes a description of how a society with property rights and without government might function. There as elsewhere, he offers a consequentialist defense of libertarianism. His most recent non-fiction book, Future Imperfect: Technology and Freedom in an Uncertain World, examines the implications of a variety of technological revolutions that might happen over the next few decades. His current book project, not yet published, is Legal Systems Very Different from Ours, covering systems from Periclean Athens through modern Amish and Romany. He is also the author of two novels, one commercially published and one self-published, and, with his wife, a self-published medieval and renaissance cookbook and a larger self-published book related to their hobby of historical recreation. Much of his published work, including journal articles, essays, drafts of forthcoming work and the full text of several books, can be read on his web page: www.daviddfriedman.com. He comments on a wide range of issues on his blog, Ideas, at http://daviddfriedman.blogspot.com/.

Steve Forbes

Editor-in-Chief, Forbes Media

Steve Forbes

Editor-in-Chief, Forbes Media

Steve Forbes is Chairman and Editor-in- Chief of Forbes Media.

The company’s flagship publication, Forbes, is the nation’s leading business magazine, with a circulation of more than 900,000. Forbes combined with Forbes Asia, Forbes Europe, and the company’s licensee editions together reach a worldwide audience of more than 5 million readers.

Forbes.com has become one of the world’s most influential websites, with more than 80 million unique visitors a month.

Mr. Forbes writes editorials for Forbes under the heading of “Fact and Comment.” A widely respected economic prognosticator, he is the only writer to have won the highly prestigious
Crystal Owl Award four times. The prize was formerly given by U.S. Steel Corporation to the
financial journalist whose economic forecasts for the coming year proved most accurate.
In both 1996 and 2000, Mr. Forbes campaigned vigorously for the Republican nomination for the
Presidency. Key to his platform were a flat tax, medical savings accounts, a new Social Security
system for working Americans, parental choice of schools for their children, term limits and a
strong national defense. Mr. Forbes continues to energetically promote this agenda.

Daniel Hannan

Brexit Architect

Daniel Hannan

Brexit Architect

Daniel Hannan is a writer and journalist. After 17 years as a Member of the European Parliament, campaigning for British withdrawal from the EU, he succeeded in abolishing his job in the Brexit referendum on 23 June 2016. He is the author of nine books, including New York Times bestseller 'Inventing Freedom: How the English-Speaking Peoples Made the Modern World', and Sunday Times bestseller 'Vote Leave'. His latest book is 'What Next: How to get the best from Brexit'.

Alex Nowrasteh

Immigration Policy Analyst, Cato Institute

Alex Nowrasteh

Immigration Policy Analyst, Cato Institute

Alex Nowrasteh is an immigration policy analyst at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity. His popular publications have appeared in the Wall Street JournalUSA Today, the Washington Post, and most other major publications in the United States. His academic publications have appeared in the Journal of Economic Behavior and OrganizationEconomic Affairs, the Fletcher Security Review, and Public Choice. Alex regularly appears on Fox News, MSNBC, Bloomberg, and numerous television and radio stations across the United States. He is a coauthor of the booklet Open Immigration: Yea and Nay (Encounter Broadsides, 2014).

He is a native of Southern California and received a BA in economics from George Mason University and a Master of Science in economic history from the London School of Economics.

Susan Herman

ACLU President

Susan Herman

ACLU President

Susan N. Herman was elected President of the American Civil Liberties Union in October 2008, after having served on the ACLU National Board of Directors for twenty years, as a member of the Executive Committee for sixteen years, and as General Counsel for ten years.

Herman holds a chair as Centennial Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, where she currently teaches courses in Constitutional Law and Criminal Procedure, and seminars on Law and Literature, and Terrorism and Civil Liberties. She writes extensively on constitutional and criminal procedure topics for scholarly and other publications, ranging from law reviews and books to periodicals and on-line publications.  Her current book, Taking Liberties: The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy, published by Oxford University Press in October 2011, and reissued in an expanded paperback edition in March 2014, is the winner of the 2012 IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize.

 

Emily Ekins

Research Fellow & Director of Polling, Cato Institute

Emily Ekins

Research Fellow & Director of Polling, Cato Institute

Emily Ekins is a research fellow and director of polling at the Cato Institute. Her research focuses on public opinion, American politics, political psychology, and social movements. She leads the Cato Institute project on public opinion in which she designs and conducts national public opinion surveys and experiments. She is the author of “Policing in America: Understanding Public Attitudes Toward the Police,” which investigates the drivers of public opinion toward the police and reform. Emily’s other publications include “The Libertarian Roots of the Tea Party” and “Public Attitudes toward Federalism: The Public’s Preference for a Renewed Federalism.”

Before joining Cato, she spent four years as the director of polling for Reason Foundation where she conducted national public opinion polls and published specialized research studies. In 2014 Emily authored an in-depth study of young Americans, “Millennials: The Politically Unclaimed Generation.” Prior to joining Reason, Emily worked as a research associate at Harvard Business School, where she coauthored several Harvard Business Case Studies and helped design and conduct research experiments and surveys.

She has discussed her research on Fox News and Fox Business, and her research has appeared in the Washington Post, Politico, the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Times. Emily is an active member of the American Association of Public Opinion Research and the American Political Science Association.

She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her dissertation examined sources of support for the tea party movement and the moral values undergirding public demand for limited government.

Maxime Bernier

Member of Parliament

Maxime Bernier

Member of Parliament

Maxime Bernier a Canadian businessman, lawyer, and politician, who is currently serving as the Member of Parliament for the riding of Beauce, Quebec. He is popularly known as "Mad Max" for his long list of libertarian policy positions, which include: ending all corporate welfare, privatizing airports, privatizing the Canada Post, re-evaluating the role of the Bank of Canada, flattening and reducing Canada's tax code, abolishing the capital gains tax, and reducing corporate taxes.  Bernier has served as Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Industry and Minister of Small Business and Tourism. Most recently, Bernier ran for leader of the Conservative Party of Canada where he ultimately finished second with 49% of the final vote.

KrisAnne Hall

KrisAnne Hall began her career as a biochemist, Russian linguist for the US Army, and a prosecutor for the State of Florida. KrisAnne also practiced First Amendment Law for a prominent national non-profit Law firm. KrisAnne is now the president of Liberty First University and travels the country teaching the foundational principles of Liberty and our Constitutional Republic. KrisAnne is the author of 6 books on the Constitution and Bill of Rights, she also has a nationally syndicated radio show and a cable television show.  KrisAnne has been featured on C-SPAN TV and C-SPAN Book TV. KrisAnne can be found at www.KrisAnneHall.com

Johnny C. Taylor

President & CEO, Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Johnny C. Taylor

President & CEO, Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Named one of the “Power 100” by Ebony Magazine in its list of the 100 most influential African Americans a year after assuming the role of President and CEO, Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. leads the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), the only national organization representing nearly 300,000 students attending this country’s 47 publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). With approximately 80% of all HBCU students attending TMCF member-schools, Mr. Taylor leads an organization responsible for providing this country a robust and diverse pipeline of talented workers and future leaders.

Immediately prior to assuming the presidency of TMCF in 2010, Mr. Taylor worked as a senior executive for IAC/InterActiveCorp – first as its Senior Vice President of Human Resources and then as the President & CEO of one of IAC’s operating subsidiaries. Before joining IAC, Mr. Taylor’s career spanned nearly 15 years as Litigation Partner and President of the human resources consulting business for the McGuireWoods law firm; Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary for Compass Group USA; General Counsel & Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Viacom’s Paramount Pictures Live Entertainment Group; and Associate General Counsel & Vice President of Human Resources for Blockbuster Entertainment Group.

Mr. Taylor, an Isaac Bashevis Singer Scholar and honors graduate of the University of Miami, went on to earn a Master of Arts With Honors from Drake University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence With Honors from the Drake Law School, where he served as Research Editor of the Drake Law Review and argued on the National Moot Court Team. He is licensed to practice law in Florida, Illinois, and Washington, DC.

John Mackey

Whole Foods Co-Founder & CEO

John Mackey

Whole Foods Co-Founder & CEO

John Mackey, co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market, has led the natural and organic grocer to a $15.7 billion Fortune 500 company with more than 460 stores and 87,000 team members in three countries. The company has been included on Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for 20 consecutive years.

Mackey has been recognized as one of Fortune's "World's 50 Greatest Leaders," Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year Overall Winner for the United States,” Institutional Investor’s “Best CEO in America,” Barron’s “World’s Best CEO,” MarketWatch’s “CEO of the Year,” Fortune’s “Businessperson of the Year,” and Esquire’s “Most Inspiring CEO.”

A strong believer in free market principles, Mackey co-founded the Conscious Capitalism Movement (http://consciouscapitalism.org/) and co-authored a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling book entitled “Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business” (Harvard Business Review Press 2013) to boldly defend and reimagine capitalism, and encourage a way of doing business that is grounded in ethical consciousness.

 

Mart Laar

Former Prime Minister of Estonia

Mart Laar

Former Prime Minister of Estonia

Mart Laar is an Estonian politician and historian. He served as the Prime Minister of Estonia from 1992 to 1994 and from 1999 to 2002. Laar is credited with having helped bring about Estonia’s rapid economic development during the 1990s. He is a member of Pro Patria and Res Publica Union.

In barely two years, from 1992 to 1994, the radical reforming Estonian government of Mart Laar was the first in Europe to introduce the flat tax, privatized most national industry in transparent public tenders, abolished tariffs and subsidies, stabilized the economy, balanced the budget, and perhaps most crucially, restored the prewar kroon and pegged it to the stable deutsche mark. Laar claims the only book on economics he had read before becoming prime minister at the age of 32 was Free to Choose by Milton Friedman.

Five years later, in 1999, Laar returned to the post, with his main policy goals being to pull the economy out of a slump and lead the country toward the European Union. He remained in the post until he stepped down in 2002.

Together with Václav Havel, Filip Dimitrov, Árpád Göncz, Petr Pithart, Vytautas Landsbergis, Patricio Aylwin and other transition leaders, he participates in the International Committee for Democracy in Cuba. Laar is a member of the International Council of the New York-based Human Rights Foundation and a founding member of the Unitas Foundation

Dave Rubin

Rubin Report

Dave Rubin

Rubin Report

Dave Rubin is a talk show host, comedian, and TV personality. He is the host of The Rubin Report, a talk show about big ideas and free speech, heralded for it's politically incorrect and honest approach to discussing complex issues and current events. The show has garnered a huge fan base from across the world, by having honest conversations about important issues in a thoughtful and candid manner rarely seen in mainstream media.

Dave is known for his political satire and political commentary, targeting many topics including political correctness, free speech, politics, mass media, religion, and foreign affairs. He is passionate and outspoken about the ideological split between liberals and the progressive movement, and has been influential in popularizing the phrase "Regressive Left." A former progressive, Dave identifies with Classical Liberalism and feels strongly about building a new center in the political landscape.

Dave was formerly an on-air host at The Young Turks Network, and prior to that was co-host of The Six Pack on SiriusXM satellite radio, also one of the top comedy podcasts on iTunes. His television credits include Comedy Central, Fox News, HLN, CNN and PBS. He has defended LGBT rights on The O'Reilly Factor and debated Mike Huckabee. Dave's comedy and commentary has been highlighted in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Time Magazine, and he has been nominated by L.A. Weekly for Funniest Twitter.

Jeffrey Tucker

Director of Content, Foundation for Economic Education

Jeffrey Tucker

Director of Content, Foundation for Economic Education

Jeffrey Tucker is Director of Content for the Foundation for Economic Education. He is also Chief Liberty Officer and founder of Liberty.me, Distinguished Honorary Member of Mises Brazil, research fellow at the Acton Institute, policy adviser of the Heartland Institute, founder of the CryptoCurrency Conference, member of the editorial board of the Molinari Review, an advisor to the blockchain application builder Factom, and author of five books. He has written 150 introductions to books and many thousands of articles appearing in the scholarly and popular press.

You can download his books in epub format for free here:

He created the first commercial service of online book distribution that published entirely in the commons (The Laissez Faire Club) and he was an early innovator in online distribution of literature during his tenure as builder and editor of Mises.org from 1996 until 2011. He created the first live classroom in the liberty-oriented ideological space and assembled the official bibliography of famed economic writer Henry Hazlitt, a project that included more than 10,000 entries. Early in his career, following his degree in economics and journalism, he served as research assistant to Ron Paul at his private foundation.

Jeffrey Tucker gave the Franz Čuhel Memorial Lecture at the Prague Conference on Political Economy in 2017, has been a two-time featured guest on John Stossel’s show, interviewed on Glenn Beck’s television show, spoken at Google headquarters, appeared frequently on Huffington Post Live and Russia Today, been the two-time Master of Ceremonies at Libertopia, been featured at FreedomFest and the International Students for Liberty Conference, the featured speaker at Liberty Forum three years, keynoted the Young Americans for Liberty national convention, has spoken at many dozens of colleges and universities in the U.S. and around the world including Harvard University and Boston University, has been quoted in the New York Times and Washington Post, appears regularly in Newsweek and many other popular venues, and is in constant demand as a headline speaker at libertarian, technology, and monetary conferences around the world.

Lawrence Reed

President, Foundation for Economic Education

Lawrence Reed

President, Foundation for Economic Education

Lawrence W. (“Larry”) Reed became president of FEE in 2008 after serving as chairman of its board of trustees in the 1990s and both writing and speaking for FEE since the late 1970s. Prior to becoming FEE’s president, he served for 20 years as president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland, Michigan. He also taught economics full-time from 1977 to 1984 at Northwood University in Michigan and chaired its department of economics from 1982 to 1984.

He holds a B.A. in economics from Grove City College (1975) and an M.A. degree in history from Slippery Rock State University (1978), both in Pennsylvania. He holds two honorary doctorates, one from Central Michigan University (public administration, 1993) and Northwood University (laws, 2008).

A champion for liberty, Reed has authored over 1,000 newspaper columns and articles and dozens of articles in magazines and journals in the United States and abroad. His writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, Baltimore Sun, Detroit News and Detroit Free Press, among many others. He has authored or coauthored eight books, the most recent being Real Heroes: Inspiring True Stories of Courage, Character and Conviction. He is frequently interviewed on radio talk shows and has appeared as a guest on numerous television programs, including those anchored by Judge Andrew Napolitano and John Stossel on FOX Business News.

Reed has delivered at least 75 speeches annually in the past 30 years in virtually every state and in dozens of countries from Bulgaria to China to Bolivia. His best-known lectures include “Seven Principles of Sound Policy” and “Great Myths of the Great Depression,” both of which have been translated into more than a dozen languages and distributed worldwide.

His interests in political and economic affairs have taken him as a freelance journalist to 81 countries on six continents. He is a member of the prestigious Mont Pelerin Society and an advisor to numerous organizations around the world. He served for 15 years as a member of the board (and for one term as president) of the State Policy Network. His numerous recognitions include the Champion of Freedom award from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and the Distinguished Alumni award from Grove City College.

He is a native of Pennsylvania and a 30-year resident of Michigan, and now resides in Newnan, Georgia.

DEBATE: Capitalism vs. Socialism 2018

Chris Hedges

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist

Chris Hedges

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist

Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist, New York Times best selling author, former professor at Princeton University, activist and ordained Presbyterian minister. He has written 11 books, including the New York Times best-seller “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt” (2012), which he co-authored with the cartoonist Joe Sacco. His other books include "Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt," (2015) “Death of the Liberal Class” (2010), “Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle” (2009), “I Don’t Believe in Atheists” (2008) and the best-selling “American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America” (2008). His book “War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning” (2003) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction and has sold over 400,000 copies. He writes a weekly column for the website Truthdig in Los Angeles, run by Robert Scheer, and hosts a show, On Contact, on RT America.

Hedges holds a B.A. in English literature from Colgate University and a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard University. He spent a year studying classics at Harvard as a Nieman Fellow. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, Calif. In 2014 he was ordained as a minister for social witness at the Second Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth, N.J. The theologian James Cone, the father of Black Liberation Theology, preached the sermon along with Cornel West. The ordination was approved for his work in New Jersey prisons where Hedges has taught college credit courses for nearly a decade. Hedges, who was born in St. Johnsbury, Vt., and grew up in a small farm town in upstate New York where his father served as a Presbyterian minister, lives in Princeton, N.J. He is married to the Canadian actress Eunice Wong, with whom he has two children. He has two children from a previous marriage.

Bryan Caplan

Economist, George Mason University

Bryan Caplan

Economist, George Mason University

Bryan Caplan is a Professor of Economics at George Mason University and blogger for EconLog. He is the author of The Myth of the Rational Voter, named "the best political book of the year" by the New York Times, Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids, and The Case Against Education, forthcoming in 2017 from Princeton University Press. He is currently working on All Roads Lead to Open Borders, a non-fiction graphic novel on the philosophy and social science of immigration, and Poverty: Who To Blame. He has published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, American Economic Review, Economic Journal, Journal of Law and Economics, and Intelligence, and appeared on ABC, Fox News, MSNBC, and C-SPAN. An openly nerdy man who loves role-playing games and graphic novels, he lives in Oakton, Virginia, with his wife and four kids.


TRAVEL
Click below to check out our travel deals, options for getting to LibertyCon, and information on booking your hotel room. We’re once again offering a discounted room rate of $159+ per night. Make sure and book your stay before January 1st, 2018 to take advantage of this deal.
SCHEDULE
Friday, March 2nd
2:00PM Registration Opens
2:00PM Exhibition Hall Opens
4:30PM Liberty Lounge Coffee
6:30PM Welcome & Kick-Off
*Prior registration required
Saturday, March 3rd
8:00AM Liberty Lounge Breakfast*
9:00AM Exhibition Hall Opens
9AM - 12PM Sessions
12 - 1PM Lunch Interlude
12 - 1PM Liberty Lounge Lunch*
1 - 5PM Sessions
6:30PM SFL Awards Dinner Reception*
7:30PM SFL Awards Dinner*
8:00PM All Conference Social
*Prior registration required
Sunday, March 4th
8:30AM Liberty Lounge Breakfast*
9AM - 12PM Exhibition Hall Open
10AM - 12PM Sessions and Closing Remarks
*Prior registration required
SCHEDULE
Friday, March 2nd
2:00PM Registration Opens
2:00PM Exhibition Hall Opens
4:30PM Liberty Lounge Coffee
6:30PM Welcome & Kick-Off
*Prior registration required
Saturday, March 3rd
8:00AM Liberty Lounge Breakfast*
9:00AM Exhibition Hall Opens
9AM - 12PM Sessions
12 - 1PM Lunch Interlude
12 - 1PM Liberty Lounge Lunch*
1 - 5PM Sessions
6:30PM SFL Awards Dinner Reception*
7:30PM SFL Awards Dinner*
8:00PM All Conference Social
*Prior registration required
Sunday, March 4th
Item Specification
8:30AM Liberty Lounge Breakfast*
9AM - 12PM Exhibition Hall Open
10AM - 12PM Sessions and Closing Remarks
*Prior registration required
LIBERTY LOUNGE
Your LibertyCon experience should be as comfortable as possible. To that end, Students For Liberty is proud to provide access to an exclusive Liberty Lounge!

Liberty Lounge access includes: meals throughout the conference, meet & greets with VIP speakers and special guests, and perks like free wifi, printing, and more.
AWARDS DINNER
The global liberty movement's best and brightest!

The LibertyCon Awards Dinner brings together friends and supporters of Students For Liberty to celebrate our top student leaders and enjoy a meal together as we reflect on the previous year’s big wins for freedom.
LIBERTY LOUNGE
Your LibertyCon experience should be as comfortable as possible. To that end, Students For Liberty is proud to provide access to an exclusive Liberty Lounge!

Liberty Lounge access includes: meals throughout the conference, meet & greets with VIP speakers and special guests, and perks like free wifi, printing, and more.
AWARDS DINNER
The global liberty movement's best and brightest!

The LibertyCon Awards Dinner brings together friends and supporters of Students For Liberty to celebrate our top student leaders and enjoy a meal together as we reflect on the previous year’s big wins for freedom.
HOST COMMITTEE

Alexander McCobin

Host Committee

Alexander McCobin

Host Committee

Alexander is the CEO of Conscious Capitalism. Alexander graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 with a BA in philosophy and economics and a MA in philosophy. He then graduated from Georgetown University in 2014 with a MA in philosophy. During college, Alexander founded and ran a nonprofit organization that supported high school debate education in Philadelphia public and charter schools.

Alexander worked for a year at the Cato Institute on student programs. For the 8 years before joining Conscious Capitalism, Alexander served as president of Students For Liberty, an organization he co-founded and grew to include over 2,000 student groups and more than 1,400 trained student leaders in 100+ countries on all 6 inhabited continents.

David Boaz

Host Committee

David Boaz

Host Committee

David Boaz is the executive vice president of the Cato Institute and has played a key role in the development of the Cato Institute and the libertarian movement. He is the author of The Libertarian Mind: A Manifesto for Freedom and the editor of The Libertarian Reader.

Boaz is a provocative commentator and a leading authority on domestic issues such as education choice, drug legalization, the growth of government, and the rise of libertarianism. Boaz is the former editor of New Guard magazine and was executive director of the Council for a Competitive Economy prior to joining Cato in 1981. The earlier edition of The Libertarian Mind, titled Libertarianism: A Primer, was described by the Los Angeles Times as “a well-researched manifesto of libertarian ideas.” His other books include The Politics of Freedom and the Cato Handbook for Policymakers.

Jack Hunter

Host Committee

Jack Hunter

Host Committee

Jack Hunter is the Editor of Rare Politics. Jack has written regularly for The Daily Caller, The American Conservative and has appeared in Politico Magazine, The Daily Beast and The Spectator (UK). Jack has been a frequent guest on Fox Business, Michael Savage, Glenn Beck and a frequent guest host on The Mike Church Show on Sirius XM. Hunter is the co-author of “The Tea Party Goes to Washington” by Sen. Rand Paul and assisted former Sen. Jim DeMint with his book “Now or Never: How to Save America from Economic Collapse.” Jack was also New Media Director for Sen. Paul. Jack lives in Alexandria, Va. Follow him @jackhunter74

Jeffrey Tucker

Host Committee

Jeffrey Tucker

Host Committee

Jeffrey Tucker is Director of Content for the Foundation for Economic Education. He is also Chief Liberty Officer and founder of Liberty.me, Distinguished Honorary Member of Mises Brazil, research fellow at the Acton Institute, policy adviser of the Heartland Institute, founder of the CryptoCurrency Conference, member of the editorial board of the Molinari Review, an advisor to the blockchain application builder Factom, and author of five books. He has written 150 introductions to books and many thousands of articles appearing in the scholarly and popular press.

Matt Kibbe

Host Committee

Matt Kibbe

Host Committee

Matt Kibbe is a leading advocate for personal, civil and economic liberties. An economist by training, Kibbe is a public policy expert, bestselling author and political commentator. He served as Senior Advisor to Concerned American Voters, a Rand Paul Super PAC. He is also Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Austrian Economic Center in Vienna, Austria.

In 2004 Kibbe founded FreedomWorks, a national grassroots advocacy organization, and served as President until his departure in July 2015. Dubbed “the scribe” by the New York Daily News, Kibbe is the author of the #2 New York Times bestseller Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto (HarperCollins 2014), Hostile Takeover: Resisting Centralized Government's Stranglehold on America (HarperCollins 2012) and coauthor of Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto (HarperCollins 2010). Kibbe appears frequently on national television including FOX News, HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, The Blaze TV and CSPAN.

He lives in Washington, DC with his unspeakably awesome wife of 29 years, Terry, and their three liberty-minded cats, Roark, Ragnar and Iko. A noted scholarly expert on The Big Lebowski, Kibbe is also an avid DeadHead, drinker of beer and whisky, and collector of obscure books on libertarian philosophy.

Sarah Skwire

Speaker

Sarah Skwire is a Senior Fellow at Liberty Fund, Inc., a non-profit educational foundation and the co-author of the college writing textbook, Writing with a Thesis, which is in its 12th edition. Sarah has published a range of academic articles on subjects from Shakespeare to zombies and the broken window fallacy, and her work has appeared in journals as varied as Literature and Medicine, The George Herbert Journal, and The Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. She writes a regular column for the Freeman Online and blogs for the Fraser Institute and Bleeding Heart Libertarians.

Sarah’s work on literature and economics has also appeared in Newsweek, The Freeman and in Cato Unbound, and she is an occasional lecturer for IHS, SFL, and other organizations. Her poetry has appeared, among other places, in StandpointThe New Criterion, and The Vocabula Review.

She graduated with honors in English from Wesleyan University, and earned a MA and PhD in English from the University of Chicago.

Steve Horwitz

Speaker

Steven Horwitz is the John H. Schnatter Distinguished Professor of Free Enterprise in the Department of Economics at Ball State University in Muncie, IN. He is the author of three books, Monetary Evolution, Free Banking, and Economic Order (Westview, 1992)Microfoundations and Macroeconomics: An Austrian Perspective (Routledge, 2000), and Hayek’s Modern Family: Classical Liberalism and the Evolution of Social Institutions (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). Horwitz has written extensively on Austrian economics, Hayekian political economy, monetary theory and history, and American economic history.

His work has been published in professional journals such as History of Political Economy, Southern Economic Journal, and The Cambridge Journal of EconomicsHorwitz is also an Affiliated Senior Scholar at the Mercatus Center in Arlington, VA, a Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute in Canada, and a distinguished scholar at the Foundation for Economic Education. He has done public policy research for the Mercatus Center, Heartland Institute, and the Cato Institute, and has been a guest on several radio and cable TV shows.

 

Prior to Ball State, Horwitz taught for 28 at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY, where he is Professor Emeritus of Economics. A member of the Mont Pelerin Society, he has a PhD in Economics from George Mason University and an AB in Economics and Philosophy from The University of Michigan.

Terry Kibbe

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Terry Kibbe

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Terry is a fundraiser and venture philanthropist focused on investments in medical innovation and the liberty movement. In addition to supporting Free the People, she is the President of Curated Innovation, a 501c(3). Based in Cambridge MA, Curated Innovation is focused on delivering breakthrough products that save or greatly improve lives. In 2015-16, she was a fundraiser for Concerned American Voters, a SuperPAC supporting Rand Paul for President. Terry served as Chairwoman of the Advisory Board of the Rising Tide Foundation in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, and as an Advisor to the Global Philanthropic Trust in the Cayman Islands.

She brings 18 years of experience as a fundraiser, having raised millions in operating capital for various nonprofit and political causes, including FreedomWorks, the Competitive Enterprise Institute and the Cato Institute. She spent the first decade of her career as an engineer working on defense technology. She also worked on Capitol Hill as a top aide to Congressman Christopher Cox. In early 2007, Terry formed Dagny, LLC, offering strategic management services to philanthropic charities and non-profit organizations. Terry is a graduate of Grove City College, where she received her B.S. in Industrial Engineering.

Tom Palmer

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Tom Palmer

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Tom G. Palmer is the George M. Yeager Chair for Advancing Liberty and Executive Vice President for International Programs at the Atlas Network and is responsible for establishing operating programs in 14 languages and managing programs for a worldwide network of think tanks. He is also a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and director of Cato University. Before joining Cato he was an H. B. Earhart Fellow at Hertford College, Oxford University, and a vice president of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. He frequently lectures in North America, Europe, Eurasia, Africa, Latin America, India, Asia, and the Middle East on political science, public choice, civil society, and the moral, legal, and historical foundations of individual rights. He has published reviews and articles on politics and morality in scholarly journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Ethics, Critical Review, and Constitutional Political Economy, as well as in publications such as Slate, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Die Welt, Caixing, Al Hayat, the Washington Post, and The Spectator of London. He is the author of Realizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice (expanded edition 2014), and the editor of The Morality of Capitalism (2011), After the Welfare State (2012), Why Liberty (2013), and Peace, Love, & Liberty (2014). Palmer received his BA in liberal arts from St. Johns College in Annapolis, Maryland; his MA in philosophy from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.; and his doctorate in politics from Oxford University.

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