january 17-20, 2019 | washington, dc

january 17-20, 2019
washington, dc

New Location, same life-changing experience. Move fast and you won’t miss out. LibertyCon will kick-off in . . .
New Location, same life-changing experience. Move fast and you won’t miss out. LibertyCon will kick-off in . . .
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WE ARE SCATTERED ALL OVER THE WORLD BUT OUR LOVE FOR LIBERTY CONNECTS US. STAY ENGAGED IN THE NETWORK - REGISTER NOW FOR LIBERTYCON! 
Your registration includes access to speakers, breakouts,
the exhibit hall, and evening socials.
WE ARE SCATTERED ALL OVER THE WORLD BUT OUR LOVE FOR LIBERTY CONNECTS US. STAY ENGAGED IN THE NETWORK - REGISTER NOW FOR LIBERTYCON! 
Your registration includes access to speakers, breakouts, the exhibit hall, and evening socials.
CONNECT. ENGAGE. BE FREE. @ LibertyCon
There is no substitute for in-person interaction. You can create more value for yourself and your organization over lunch or cocktails than through the internet. This is why LibertyCon is a game-changing event! LibertyCon connects liberty-lovers of all ages in an open, high-energy environment where they can meet, plan, learn, and socialize! With a faster-paced schedule, we have a little something for everyone, from speakers and debates to workshops and socials - there are many to express yourself at LibertyCon.
CONNECT. ENGAGE.
BE FREE. @ LibertyCon

There is no substitute for in-person interaction. You can create more value for yourself and your organization over lunch or cocktails than through the internet. This is why LibertyCon is a game-changing event! LibertyCon connects liberty-lovers of all ages in an open, high-energy environment where they can meet, plan, learn, and socialize! With a faster-paced schedule, we have a little something for everyone, from speakers and debates to workshops and socials - there are many to express yourself at LibertyCon.
WHY ATTEND LIBERTYCON?
EXPLORE & DISCOVER
LibertyCon is where ideas are incubated and brought to life. With access to world-class speakers, inspiring panels, and workshops, at LibertyCon, “knowledge sharing” is more than a buzzword!
NETWORKING
Whether you’re a student, young professional, or experienced veteran, LibertyCon has value for everyone. You will make valuable, long-lasting contacts and develop relationships with liberty-lovers of all ages, from around the globe.
CONTAGIOUS ENERGY
LibertyCon isn’t just a conference, it’s an exhilarating experience! From high-energy keynote speakers to interactive seminars to socials to hanging out in the sponsors hall - our activities are guaranteed to keep you engaged and motivated to fight for a freer future.
EXHIBIT AT LibertyCon 2019!  
Showcase your organization, publications or services to top decision-makers, students, scholars and professionals across all sectors. Many, if not all, of our attendees are actively seeking out innovative solutions as they either start out or progress in their fight for liberty. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to demonstrate your expertise!
SPONSORSHIP
Increase your organization's visibility and enhance your marketing strategy as an official LibertyCon Sponsor! Sponsorship will put your brand in front of some of the biggest names in the liberty movement and you’ll reach hundreds of students, scholars and professionals from all over the globe. Among many other benefits, sponsorship includes access to VIP guests in the Liberty Lounge! Sponsorship opportunities are selling quickly. Don't miss out! 
TRAVEL
Click here to check out our travel deals, options for getting to LibertyCon, and information on booking your hotel room at the Marriott Marquis in Washington D.C. We're once again offering discounted room rates for LibertyCon attendees. We've secured you a discounted rate of $149 per night for a single room and $159 per night for a double room at the Marriott Marquis.

Travel scholarships of up to $150 are available for students who register and attend LibertyCon. In order to receive your scholarship, you will have to submit copies of your travel receipts after you have attended LibertyCon. Make sure to apply here before December 31st, 2018.
This year's event will take place at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, D.C. To receive a discounted room rate of $149 per night for a single room and $159 per night for a double room, click here to reserve on Marriott’s website or call the hotel at +1 202-824-9200 and mention LibertyCon. 
All hotel reservations must be made by December 26th, 2018. Have questions? Please contact us at [email protected].
LIBERTY LOUNGE

Looking to elevate your LibertyCon experience? We understand your need for the occasional quiet break amid the excitement. To that end, Students For Liberty is proud to provide access to an exclusive Liberty Lounge!

Access includes: meals throughout the conference, meet & greets with VIP speakers and special guests, and other perks like workspace, printing, and more. 

AWARDS DINNER

Mix and Mingle with the global liberty movement's best and brightest!

THURSDAY, JANUARY 17

The LibertyCon Awards Dinner is the perfect way to start off the festivities. We bring 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!

THURSDAY, JANUARY 17

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.
STEERING COMMITTEE
LibertyCon’s Steering Committee is a unique set of advisors who help make LibertyCon possible. These amazing individuals lend their guidance throughout the conference planning process. 

Alexander McCobin

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

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.

Dr. James W. Lark III

James W. Lark, III is a professor in the Department of Systems and Information Engineering and the Applied Mathematics Program of the Department of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia.  He has also served as a professor in the Department of Statistics and in the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.

He has served as a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Public Choice at Va. Tech, the Dept. of Mathematics at the University of California at Berkeley, and the Dept. of Mathematics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  He was an Earhart Foundation Visiting Fellow at the Center for Research in Government Policy and Business at the Graduate School of Management at the University of Rochester.

He is the secretary of the Board of Directors of Liberty International.  He served as chairman of the Board of Directors of the Advocates for Self-Government from 2009 until 2016.  He is a member of the Foundation for Economic Education Faculty Network.  He is a recipient of the Foundation's 2017 Leonard E. Read Distinguished Alumni Award for Leadership.  He is a member of the Board of Advisors for Students For Liberty and the Board of Advisors of the Freedom and Entrepreneurship Foundation (Fundacja Wolnosci I Przedsiebiorczosci) in Poland.

He currently serves as the Region 5 representative on the Libertarian National Committee (the Libertarian Party’s board of directors), and as a member of the LNC’s Executive Committee.  He is the LNC’s representative to the International Alliance of Libertarian Parties.  He served as chairman of the Libertarian Party during the 2000-2002 term, and as secretary pro tem during part of the 2012-2014 term. He previously served as an LNC member during the 1998-2000, 2004-2006, 2006-2008, 2008-2010, 2010-2012, 2012-2014, and 2014-2016 terms.

Dr. Lark is a member of the Libertarian Party's Hall of Liberty, the Party's highest honor.  (Induction into the Hall honors lifetime or significant achievement that has made a lasting impact on the Libertarian Party and/or the libertarian movement.)  He is also the recipient of the 2004 Samuel Adams Award (given for outstanding activism), the 2008 Thomas Jefferson Award (given for outstanding leadership, high character, and dedication to the principles and goals of the Party), and the 2012 Thomas Paine Award (given for outstanding communication).  He is the only person to win each of these awards.

He currently serves as advisor to The Liberty Coalition and its constituent organizations at the University of Virginia.  He also serves as national campus coordinator for the Libertarian Party, and advises college and high school libertarians.

Matt Kibbe

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.

Randy Barnett

Randy E. Barnett is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches constitutional law and contracts, and is Director of the Georgetown Center for the Constitution.

After graduating from Northwestern University and Harvard Law School, he tried many felony cases as a prosecutor in the Cook County States’ Attorney’s Office in Chicago. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Constitutional Studies and the Bradley Prize, Professor Barnett has been a visiting professor at Penn, Northwestern and Harvard Law School.  

Professor Barnett’s publications includes twelve books, more than one hundred articles and reviews, as well as numerous op-eds. His latest book, Our Republican Constitution: Securing the Liberty and Sovereignty of We the People was published by HarperCollins (which was featured in a program at the National Constitution Center). In 2004, he argued the medical marijuana case of Gonzalez v. Raich before the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2012, he was one of the lawyers representing the National Federation of Independent Business in its constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act.  

Sarah Skwire

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 was a frequent columnist for FEE and has blogged 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. She has been featured on podcasts such as Economic Rockstars and Imaginary Worlds. Her poetry has appeared, among other places, in Standpoint, The 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

Steven Horwitz is the John H. Schnatter Distinguished Professor of Free Enterprise in the Department of Economics at Ball State University in Muncie, IN. 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.

Horwitz 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). He 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 Economics.

Horwitz 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. Horwitz has spoken to professional, student, policymaker, and general audiences throughout North America, as well as in Europe, Asia, and South America.

Terry Kibbe

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

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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