This two-day colloquium will enable students from any academic discipline to explore the foundations of a free and virtuous society.
The event will begin with lectures centered on the Christian view of the human person, natural law, economics, and government. The next day, participants will be split into two groups of twelve students. Students will then engage in Socratic discussion of the readings they received in advance of the colloquium.
The two groups and their topics are:
- The Unity of Liberty: This group will be reading and discussing sections of the Acton Institute book, One and Indivisible. This book explores the vital foundation for religious liberty that exists within other liberties, such as the right to engage in commerce and own property.
- Foundations for a Free & Virtuous Society: This group will be reading and discussing sections of the Acton Institute book by the same name, Foundations for a Free & Virtuous Society. This group will focus on basic economics, the importance of prices and property to human flourishing, and discuss topics such as inequality, equality, and freedom.
During the concluding portion of the event, selected students will have the opportunity to present papers they have written on topics related to the conference.
Conference attendance is by application only. This conference is ideal for undergraduate students of all disciplines that reside in western and eastern Europe. Conference fees, meals, and lodging will be covered for accepted applicants. Travel scholarships are available. Applications close July 2, 2018.