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The Liberty and Markets program offers a deeper look into the core issues at the intersection of truth, liberty, and economics for alumni of Acton’s Towards a Free and Virtuous Society and Acton University programs.

Utilizing a format of two lectures and six Socratic discussion sessions, each conference provides an environment of intense dialogue and exploration. To insure active engagement with both the ideas and faculty, participation is capped at 15 attendees per event.

The program is intellectually demanding; participants are required to do advanced reading of selected primary texts (approximately 250 pages) and must be prepared to offer comments and defend their views while referencing the texts throughout the weekend.

2015-16 Conference Topics

  • Liberty and the Declaration of Independence (October 1-4, 2015 in Holland, MI) - Graduate Student Conference
  • Economics from Smith to Friedman (November 5-8, 2015 in Grand Rapids, MI) - Graduate Student Conference
  • C.S. Lewis and Liberty (December 3-6, 2015 in Grand Rapids, MI) - Graduate Student Conference
  • Evaluating the Idea of Social Justice (April 21-24, 2016 in Grand Rapids, MI) - Clergy/ Church Employee Conference

The application for each conference will be available 3 months prior to the event and will remain open until the conference has been filled. Conferences can fill very quickly. Detailed descriptions of the current conference topics are available here.

Program Cost

There is no registration fee for this conference. Each accepted participant will receive a conference package to include lodging, food, and a travel stipend. Travel assistance is limited and may not cover all travel costs.

Who Should Apply?

Unless otherwise noted, the Liberty and Markets conferences are intended for Acton alumni  - i.e. have fully participated at least one Towards a Free and Virtuous Society (FAVS),  Acton University (AU), and/or Thriving Churches: Flourishing Communities (TChurches) conference - who are currently enrolled in or have recently completed graduate level studies.

For more information about these conferences, please see the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us at liberty-markets (@)

Event Details



Acton Institute
98 E Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
United States

Length of Event
3 days