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2017 Summer Workshop

Classical Liberalism in Philosophy, Economics, and Politics

Spend one week in Prague, Czech Republic, discussing and studying Classical Liberal ideas and their application in today's world. In partnership with the Cevro Institute, a Czech-based private university, the program brings together students from across the U.S. and Europe to study with leading American and Czech academics and faculty.


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The 2017 Workshop in Classical Liberal Ideas will be an intensive, week-long survey of philosophical, economic, and political ideas that have played key roles in the history and development of classical liberalism. The Workshop will consist of two, 2-hour sessions most days, comprising an hour of lecture and an hour of discussion. There is ample time for exploring the beauty, history, art, and energy of Prague.

Workshop faculty include:

    Prof. Richard Vedder, Emeritus Professor of Economics, Ohio University, and founder and President of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity.
    Prof. Josef Šima, President of CEVRO Institut, Prague
    Prof. Mark LeBar, Professor of Philosophy, Florida State University

This year's workshop will run from July 31, 2017, to August 4, 2017. The Participation Fee for the Workshop is $1000 USD, and includes:

    Airfare (rates based on airfares from Columbus, OH, and Tallahassee, FL; surcharges may apply at other points of origin)
    Lodging at a central Prague hotel (hostel-style arrangements, with up to 8 students per room)
    Meal allowance (Lodging includes breakfast, and a number of meals will be provides as well)

While topics may vary, the 2016 program will be roughly similar to that of the 2015 workshop:


    Overnight flights from USA to Prague


    1500 – 1730 Walking tour of Prague
    1800 – 2000 Dinner cruise on the Vltava


    1000 – 1200 Josef Sima: Government and the Economy
    1400 – 1600 Richard Vedder: Five Classical Liberal Propositions that Changed the World
    1630 – 1800 Welcome Mixer


    1000 – 1200 Mark LeBar: Prospects for Limited Government
    1400 – 1600 Radovan Durana: Europe in a Time of Debt and Migration Crisis


    1000 – 1200 Richard Vedder: How the West got Rich
    Afternoon: Prague Historic Walking Tour


    1000 – 1200 Dan Stasty: Why are Economists Repugnant?
    1400 – 1600 Mark LeBar: Immigration and Rights


    1000 – 1200 Josef Sima: Do Markets Fail?
    1400 – 1600 Panel Discussion
    1630 – 1800 Graduation/Reception


    Free day to explore Prague and Bohemia!


    Return flights to USA

Endorsements from the previous years:

    “A great opportunity to seriously discuss ideas while widening one’s academic and cultural horizons.”
    “I feel as if the program challenged my ideas and views as well as motivating me to want to gain more knowledge on these subjects. It definitely made me think critically often which is what I came for. ”
    “Thanks for a great program! I really liked the discussion format--small groups and Q+A. It’s extremely useful how the program promotes free and civil discussion of significant issues. ”
    “I love that this program exists. It is important for young adults and teens from everywhere to understand the world of politics, economics, money, logic, and the laws that govern them. THANK YOU!”

Seminar cost: $1000 (includes airfare from/to Columbus, OH, or Tallahassee, FL; hotel; food allowance)

Applications (with deposits) due: March 15, 2017 Extended to April 1, 2017

Full balances for accepted students due: April 15, 2017